Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:

Welcome to the June 2016 issue of Wheel-E, the monthly newsletter of Spinal Cord Injury Alberta. Wheel-E includes information about news and events related to spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. 

SCI Alberta also publishes Spinal Columns, a magazine that includes features and regular columns about important issues that individuals with disabilities face today. Click here to read our most recent issue. If your contact information has changed or if you would like to receive Spinal Columns, please contact us at 780-424-6312, 1-888-654-5444 or publications@sci-ab.ca or  click here to sign up to receive your issue of Spinal Columns by email.
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Provincial News
Awards Luncheon and Notice of Annual General Meeting   
Join Spinal Cord Injury Alberta at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Awards Luncheon on
June 11, 2016 at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, 3310 50 Avenue, Red Deer.
Regional Volunteer Awards Luncheon and AGM on June 11_ 2016


Thank you to all of our Chair-Leaders! 
Throughout the month of May, Spinal Cord Injury Alberta hosted our our annual Chair-Leaders "Enabling Access" events in Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge where Community leaders swapped chairs for a day in an effort to raise awareness around accessibility and working towards a barrier free future for all. A special thank you to Stringam LLP for sponsoring the Lethbridge and Grande Prairie events.  Some of our Chair-Leaders included:

Chair-Leaders Thank You
 
 
What's Local in Your Community
Calgary  
Calgary 2016 Peer Events
Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the SCI Alberta website as well as on Facebook and TwitterFor more information, contact marilyn.erho@sci-ab.ca
 at 403-228-7434.

Thank You - Scotiabank Calgary Marathon 
Getting ready for the Scotiabank Marathon
Thank you to our many volunteers and participants who raised thousands of dollars on behalf of SCI Alberta. Brian Martin finished first in the Ultra Marathon! CEO Teren Clarke finished the 10K using an arm bike for the first time!  
Thank you everyone! 


Family Fun Day  
Family Fun Day at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park on Saturday_ June 25_ 2016 
It's that time of year again. Pull together the whole family and join us on June 25 as we host our popular Family Fun Day at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park! With acres of park to explore and exciting activities wherever you turn, it is bound to be loads of fun! For more information, contact cal.schuler@sci-ab.ca or 403-228-7419.   

We Need You 


Volunteers needed at the SCI Alberta Casino Fundraiser in Calgary. For more information, contact kirk.reynolds@sci-ab.ca or 403-969-5579. 
Edmonton
Edmonton 2016 Peer Events

Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the SCI Alberta website as well as on  Facebook and Twitter. For more information, contact Guy Coulombe
at 587-410-2427.

Travel Bugs 
Find out more at our upcoming Travel Bugs Edmonton Peer Event scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Edmonton International Airport. Meet by the transborder counters located by US customs and departure door #30 on the top level of the airport. RSVP by June 2, 2016 to guy.coulombe@sci-ab.ca 587-410-2427. Pre-booking is required. Thank you to WestJet for sponsoring this event.

Time to Tee Off!  
Ron Hodgson Chev Buick GMC Golf Classic - August 11_ 2016 
The Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic is a favorite among golfers - coming up on August 11, 2016  be sure to sign up early! Taking place once again at the lovely Glendale Golf and Country Club, 8:00 a.m. Shotgun start. 

This year, SCI Alberta is also proud to welcome the Chief Correspondant of the prestigious (and entirely fictional) Glasgow Golf Network, Angus McJagger. McJagger will roam the links at the  tournament accompanied by his trusted videographer to interview golfers and offer his sage (usually unrequited) tips to improve your golf game. You won't want to miss it! Contact angie.barron@sci-ab.ca, 587-410-2521 or Jacqueline.jewitt@sci-ab.ca 587-410-2566.

Funds Available for Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise Program 
The Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society will reimburse the costs for the assessment, electrodes, transition training, and membership for one year for people with a spinal cord injury who choose to commence a Functional Electrical Stimulation exercise program at the Saville Community Sports Centre or the Don Wheaton YMCA. This offer also applies to people with SCI would like to transfer their current FES program to the Saville Community Sports Centre or Don Wheaton YMCA. For more information, contact SCITCS directly at 780-436-5606, lamjamgra@shaw.ca, SCITCS, Box 76007, Southgate, Edmonton, AB T6H 5Y7.

Edmonton Elections - June 7 and 9th, Information Meetings 
The City of Edmonton is inviting participants to two community sessions focused on improving municipal voter experiences in future elections, in an effort to reduce barriers to voting in municipal elections.
June 7th, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, City of Edmonton - Elections & Census Office, 16304 - 114 Avenue, contact number:  780 496 8008 (main line).
June 9th, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Millwoods Senior and Multicultural Centre , 2nd Floor 2610 Hewes Way. contact number: 780 496 8008 (main line).

Alberta Committee - New Executive Director 
A warm welcome to Judy Ferguson, new Executive Director with the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities. Judy will replace Bev Matthiessen who recently retired after 25 years.

Paralympic Sports Association  
PSA is hiring a Summer Camp Program Assistant. June 29 - August 26, 2016. Deadline for applications is June 7th, 2016. Resume and cover letter to camps@parasports.net or deliver to PSA office at 305, 11010 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB. Click here to find out more.

City of Edmonton Mayor`s Awards 
Mayor_s Awards Certificate of Achievement
 
Teren Clarke and Edgar Jackson received a Certificate of Achievement on behalf of SCI Alberta at the recent City of Edmonton Mayor`s Awards held on May 26, 2016.

University of Alberta Research Study 
You may be interested if you are between 14 - 22 years of age; have taken part in community physical activity or sport programs in the last 24 months; experience a spinal cord related impairment. Click here to find out more.

Steadward Centre Open House 
Steadward Centre
After major construction, the Steadward Centre is inviting you to come and experience their newly renovated space at an open house on Friday, June 17th. Contact Jessica at 780-492-5759 or imppola@ualberta.ca to arrange a time for your tour.

Aboriginal Edmonton Directory 
Aboriginal Edmonton Directory Image 
The City of Edmonton's Edmonton Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (EAUAC), Aboriginal Edmonton Directory founder, in partnership with the Edmonton Aboriginal Relations Office have worked collaboratively to reproduce Aboriginal Edmonton Directory.

This directory contains a broad range of information that may be helpful in navigating the Edmonton aboriginal community.
 
Red Deer
Red Deer Golf Tournament
Join us on the greens in Red Deer on August 12, 2016. Once again, this popular event is being held at the River Bend Golf and Recreation area. This year, SCI Alberta in Red Deer will also welcome well known comedian, Angus McJagger. McJagger will provide entertainment at both the Edmonton and Red Deer tournaments. He will roam the links accompanied by his trusted videographer to interview golfers and offer his sage (usually unrequited) tips to improve your golf game. To register, contact doug.manderville@sci-ab.ca or call 403-341-5060.

Show'n Shine BBQ
SCI Alberta in Red Deer will be partnering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to hold a Show'n Shine BBQ on July 23 where modified vehicles will be modified. This exciting event will take place at the SCI Alberta Red Deer office, 4807 - 50 Avenue. Bring your vehicle to display or just join us for the BBQ. Everyone welcome! For more information, contact doug.manderville@sci-ab.ca or call 403-341-5060.
Medicine Hat
Chair-Leaders 
Thank you to all of our Chair-Leaders participants in Medicine Hat, including Medicine Hat College, the Canalta Centre and the City of Brooks. Thank you as well to Freedom Plus for letting us borrow their wheelchairs!

Yoga Adventure in the Hat
Yoga Adventure starts on Tuesday, May 3! SCI Alberta, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport are partnering with Blue Butterfly Yoga and Pilates Centre to offer Yoga Adventures. This is a drop-in yoga program taking place each Monday from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. until June 13th and is designed for participants who may need adaptations to standard yoga positions. For more information, email Amy at befitforlife@mhc.ab.ca or contact  andrea.schulz@sci-ab.ca or 403-504-4001.

Adaptive Cycling via Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation (MHASR) 
Participants can bring their own or borrow a handcycle, adult trike, or tandem cycle. Taking place at Kin Coulee Park (by Band Shelter), Monday evenings, June 6 to Sept 26, Group 1: 6:00 to 7:00pm, Group 2: 7:15 to 8:15pm. Participants can bring own bike or borrow one of MHASR's. For more information contact: tara@parasports.net  or 587-253-5300.
Fort McMurray
Wildfires
In light of the recent Fort McMurray wildfires, we are relieved to know that our office and the home of our regional  coordinator, Stephanie Myrick were spared. While the rebuilding of this close knit community takes place, Stephanie will still dedicate her time to serving her clients and will temporarily work from our Red Deer office. Stephanie can be reached at stephanie.myrick@sci-ab.ca or 587-410-2603.
Grande Prairie
SCI Alberta Grande Prairie Peer Information Sessions/Other Activities:
For more information on any upcoming peer events, contact Mieke at 780-532-3305 or grandeprairie@sci-ab.ca.      
Social Bowling Group - New Hours 
Join us each Tuesday for Social Bowling from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Join us for conversation if you don't want to bowl. New seating is available for coffee groups! Taking place at Grande Prairie's Bowling Stones Ten Pin Entertainment Center, 11005 - 106 Avenue. $4.00 per game. Cribbage, pool and other games are often available as well. Volunteers welcome. Phone Mieke at 780-831-1091 or keep your eye on the Accessible GP and Peace Region Facebook page for bowling updates. Check with Cecil if you have questions. He can be reached at shorelinececil@gmail.com.  


Welcome to Summer Student  
Welcome to summer student Kaylee Plummer who will be helping with all kinds of tasks over the summer, especially peer activities. Kaylee also has a keen interest in nutrition and dieteics. Send your welcomes and peer activity interests to grandeprairie@sci-ab.ca.

Peer Group Planning - June 9th  
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Peer group planning at SCI Alberta Grande Prairie office on June 9th, 10:30 a.m. Contact kaylee.plummer@sci-ab.ca for more information.

Grande Prairie Amazing Race - June 15 
Starting at the Muskoseepi Pavilion, 4:30 - 7:30. Come out and support the SCI Alberta team!



Grande Prairie Commuter Challenge 
Taking place June 5 - 11. Mieke with the GP Regional office will be signing up for the Grande Prairie Commuter Challenge - http://commuterchallenge.ca/. Help us assess the impact to this office by sending your comments to grandeprairie@sci-ab.ca.

Grande Prairie Residential Society - Annual BBQ and Annual General Meeting 
June 21, 5:30 - join us at the parking lot at the six-plex on 123 Avenue. 
 
Cash and Camping Lottery


Stop by the Cash and Camping tent at the Northern Casino Parking lot in Grande Prairie after 11:00am daily! Proceeds of the lottery will be used by SCI Alberta Grande Prairie to help long-term clients with medical trips and equipment costs, and to develop peer programs in Grande Prairie and Peace River. SCI Alberta volunteers will be selling tickets from May 30 - June 3, and June 6 & 7. Early Bird Draw, May 26. Final Draw, July 6th, 2016. 

     
For More News and Community Events in Grande Prairie 
For information about other community news and events, click here.

Nutrition, Active Living and Wellbeing
 
Nutrition Workshop 
Another great Nutrition Workshop is scheduled for June 15th in Calgary. Stay tuned for more information coming your way. Hang out with Kasey, our very own in-house Certified Nutritionist and have fun with nutrition. For more information contact kasey.aiello@sci-ab.ca or 403-228-7427. 
Ways to Give
Use Your Power for Good - Sponsor Energy
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50% of profits on your electricity usage each month can help individuals with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities!  Click here to find out more.  









Agents of Change 
Our partnership with Agents of Change empowers you to support us in a substantial way if you are considering buying or selling a home.
 Click here to find out more. 

Become a Spinal Cord Injury Alberta Member - Make Your Voice Count 
Spinal Cord Injury Alberta has been providing services and support to Albertans who have experienced a spinal cord injury or physical disability since 1961.

For a list of the many benefits available through your $25 membership, click here. Call 780-424-6312 or toll free 1-888-654-5444 to renew your SCI Alberta membership.

 
Click here to find out more about our ongoing resources.

Submissions/Subscribers/Contact Us
 
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The next issue of SCI Alberta Wheel-E will be published the first week of July 2016. Deadline for submissions is on or before the 26th of each month. Whenever possible, please send in your announcements before the deadline!
 
For more information about Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, visit our website at http://www.sci-ab.ca     
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Spinal Cord Injury Alberta
305 Hys Centre, 11010 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB T5H 4B9  
780-424-6312 | info@sci-ab.ca | www.sci-ab.ca
SCI Alberta also has offices located in Red Deer, Calgary, St. Paul, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie. 
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