|Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the December 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.
Check out our Spring/Summer 2016 issue featuring the Honourable Kent Hehr.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to sign up to receive your issue of Spinal Columns by email.
National and Provincial News
In partnership with Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP, Spinal Cord Injury Alberta is proud to announce the
(formerly Red Carpet Affair), taking place on March 24, 2017 at Fantasyland Hotel (new location!) Beverly Hills Ballroom. The evening features awards for outstanding achievements in accessibility in our community, guest speaker and Albertan author Holly Crichton, and a performance by Edmonton Music Award's Male Artist of the year, Mohsin Zaman. Join us in support of Spinal Cord Injury Alberta for an evening of delicious food and drink, local entertainment, both a silent and live auction, and plenty of inspiration!
Get your tickets now
SCI Alberta Annual Awards
Once again we will be presenting annual awards at our upcoming newly named Resilience Gala (formerly Red Carpet Affair)! This year's event is scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2017 and is taking place at Fantasyland Hotel. Lots of exciting information to come! This year, we are looking forward to presenting the Percy Wickman Accessibility Award as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016.
for more information about Awards Criteria and Nominations Form.
Left: Percy Wickman Accessibility Award 2016.
Carola Cunningham of Ambrose Place accepts award on behalf of Ambrose Place, Niginan Housing Ventures.
Launch of SxH Website
Our colleagues at Spinal Cord Injury BC have launched a
new sexual health website
, developed in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health's Sexual Health Rehab Service. The site is still under development - they will be adding content to some sections and enriching the site with relevant stories from peer members.
Do You Find it Hard to Find a Hotel Room That Meets Your needs as a Person with a Disability?
Do you find it hard to find a hotel room that meets your needs as a person with a disability? Our friends at Voice of Albertans with Disabilities are looking for your input. They are also interested in finding individuals to take part in focus groups. Contact
Donna Graham, at 780-488-9088, Toll-free at 1-800-387-2514 or via email at
regarding focus groups or if you have any questions/concerns.
Research Study Participants
If you would like to participate in a research study called "Association and Mediators of Leisure Time Physical Activity and Mental Health Among People with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in Canada", please complete the survey or you can request the paper copy from the investigators. Further information about the study is presented on the first page of the survey. If you need any further information about the study you can contact Amita Goyal at email@example.com/ 709-986-5135.
Job Opportunity - ADF Coordinator
The Voice of Albertans with Disabilities is looking for a Coordinator for the Alberta Disabilities Forum (a coalition of non-profit organizations in the disability community).
This position is based in Edmonton. Drivers License a must, as some travel may be required from time to time. Please send your resume to
indicating salary expectations, no later than December 5, 2016. Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.
Local in Yo
Calgary 2016 Peer Events
Peer event information is posted as it becomes available on the SCI Alberta
as well as on
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A Very Merry Grinchmas Party
Join us on December 4, 2016 for the Calgary Peer Grinchmas Party from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary. Regular Admission: $20.00, Reserved Table of 8: $100. (Kids 5 and under FREE). Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, Door Prizes, Live Entertainment and more! RSVP to email@example.com or 403-228-7434. Space is limited.
Edmonton 2016 Peer Events
eer event information is posted as it becomes available on the SCI Alberta
as well as on
For more information, contact
Annual Peer Christmas Party - Edmonton
Thursday, December 15, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Glenrose Rehab. Hospital, Unit 3B Atrium.
RSVP by December 8th, 2016 to
Thank You - Edmonton North Primary Care Network
A big thank you to Edmonton North Primary Care Network for choosing SCI Alberta as their one day Team Building Volunteering project again this year by decorating our Edmonton office for the holiday season.
National Philanthropy Day
Top: Leslie Tanzi, James H. Brown, Christine Tanzi. Bottom: Zachary Weeks, Jeanie Brown
James H. Brown and Leslie Tanzi have been tremendous supporters of SCI Alberta
and we couldn't have been prouder to join them as they each received a Community Enrichment Award at
the Alberta Fundraising Professionals
National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.
Medicine Hat Christmas Dinner
We are looking forward to seeing everyone on December 1st at our Christmas Dinner at the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club.
Bus Bench in Medicine Hat, Alberta
It is hoped that positive advertising such as the above will help to de-stigmatize disability and feature abilities rather than disabilities. This bench was made possible by the Medicine Hat International Day of Persons with Disabilities Committee, consisting of various community members including SCI Alberta's own Andrea Schulz. Duane Burr is our featured SCI Alberta member and volunteer for IDPD in Medicine Hat.
IDPD in Medicine Hat
In addition to participating in various IDPD presentations and educational events at Mother Theresa School on December 1st, we are also looking forward to the "Experience Adaptive Sports" event coming up on December 3, 12:00 - 4:00 at the Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre. Try your hand at sledge hockey, boccia, sit volleyball, wheelchair basketball...and more. The day will also include autograph sessions with local athletes, Sarah Mickey and Derek Whitson.
Diamonds & Denim - February 11, 2017
Join us as we dine and dance the night away at our upcoming Diamonds & Denim event on February 11, 2017 (Valentine's weekend!) at the Sheraton Red Deer. Live entertainment by the band "Fused". To purchase tickets, go to www.theleadershipcentre.ca/diamond or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-341-5060.
SCI Alberta Grande Prairie Peer Information Sessions/Other Activities:
Please note that Tuesday Bowling is postponed until further notice. Please contact Mieke at 780-831-1091 if you would like to know when bowling will be re-started or would like more information.
We are looking at holding some information events as well as social gatherings in the new year. We will be running the self-help program, "Discovering the Power in Me", in two-hour sessions on Saturdays at the Grande Prairie office in the Eastlink Centre. The start date is still to be determined but possibly the end of January. Contact Mieke with your vote of interest and for more information.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 2, 5:30 - 8:45 p.m. at the Paradise Inn, Rotary Room. Food and beverages will be available. RSVP and donations welcome. City Transit will swing past at 9:10 pm and DTS will provide enough buses so that we can enjoy the evening. The theme for this year is "Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities"
The City of Grande Prairie will be revitalizing its downtown core through the Downtown Incentives Program This will also help the downtown core become more wheelchair accessible.
For More News and Community Events in Grande Prairie
For information about other community news and events,
Nutrition, Active Living and Wellbeing
Let's Meet and Create Festive Treats Nutrition Workshop
Join us at SCI Alberta's Calgary office on December 14, 2016 as we create some festive treats. Just bring your own tea towel, and Kasey our in-house Certified Nutritionist will tell you how it's done while having fun! For more information contact
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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.
to find out more about our ongoing resources.
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