|Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:
Welcome to the October 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.
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National and Provincial News
Quarterly Update from Teren Clarke, CEO
Don't Miss This Opportunity to Have a Say About What an Accessible Canada Means to You!
Teren Clarke, CEO provides her first online quarterly update about what's happening at SCI Alberta. Check out the video below!
Staff Retreat 2016
Had a great day at our provincial staff retreat in Red Deer with tons of team building. Great to regroup and refocus on our goals for the year and beyond!
The Government of Canada is leading consultations to inform planned accessibility legislation. In person sessions are coming soon to your community. Now is the time to have your say!
Sessions taking place in
Friday, October 7th
, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Avenue NW and in
Calgary on Thursday, October 13th
, 9:30 - 12:30 p.m., Telus Convention Centre (Macleod Hall A), 120 Ninth Avenue SE.
If you would like to pre-register for an in-person session, or to notify us of accommodation needs, please contact the Office for Disability Issues: Phone: 1-844-836-8126, TTY: 819-934-6649, Fax: 819-953-4797, email
. Look forward to seeing everyone there!
Our Zachary Weeks (local Champion for Edmonton) doesn't want you to miss this opportunity to have a say about what an
means to you!
National Housing Strategy Consultations
Expert roundtables are being held to discuss new approaches to housing challenges that could become part of Canada's National Housing Strategy. Tune in to the closing plenary session which features the highlights of the day and summarizes the challenges and opportunities that were discussed.
All Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford. The Government of Canada is looking for bold and innovative ideas to improve the future of housing in Canada. From homelessness to affordable homeownership to sustainable housing and everything in between, they want to hear from you on a variety of housing-related themes. Share your ideas.
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 email@example.com
Lunch & Bowl
Join us on Friday, October 14, 2016 for 10 pin bowling at Let's Bowl, 2916 - 5th Avenue NE, Calgary. Bowling from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and lunch from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bowling - Free, Lunch - your own cost. Proudly sponsored by Pipella Law. RSVP by October 12th to firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-228-7434.
If you are interested in taking part in a group peer event at the Race Room in Calgary, we would love to hear from you. RSVP by October 11 to email@example.com or call 403-228-7434.
Peer Christmas Event - Save the Date!
Spread some holiday cheer on December 4th as the Calgary peer program celebrates at MacEwan Hall, U of C. Stay tuned as we confirm more details.
Accessible Housing in Calgary launched Accessible U on Monday, September 26. Accessibility takes many forms in many places: physical environments like homes and offices, transportation like buses, and websites with speak-to-text features. Accessibility continues to become more and more relevant to all of us. Learn more at Accessible U.
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
Spooky Spines and Broken Bones Peer Event - Edmonton
Join us at our Spooky Spines and Broken Bones Peer Event scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Glenrose Rehab. Hospital Gymnasium (main floor, Glen East). RSVP by October 24th, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 587-410-2429.
Rogers Place Opens - How Accessible is It?
Rogers Place has 73 accessible seats plus the same number of companion seats; located throughout the arena. Read full article.
Open Heart, Open Mind
An evening with Clara Hughes, six time Olympic Medalist and Mental Health Advocate takes place on Friday, October 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert. Open Heart, Open Mind is Clara's personal journey through physical and mental pain to a life where love and understanding can thrive.
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 at the Sheraton Red Deer. For more information contact email@example.com or 403-341-5060.
SCI Alberta Grande Prairie Peer Information Sessions/Other Activities:
For more information on any upcoming peer events, contact Mieke at 780-532-3305 or
or check out ACCGP Peer Program Facebook Grande Prairie.
Don't Stay Away if the Lights Are On!
Mieke will be away from October 5 - 15th however volunteers will be in from time to time - so don't stay away if the lights are on! Also, please leave telephone messages as usual. An SCI Alberta worker will respond to urgent telephone requests.
Prairie Mall Community Kiosk
Robin and Mieke will be at the Prairie Mall Community Kiosk on October 6, 9:00 - 12:00. Stop by and say hi!
Every Tuesday at Bowling Stones Ten Pin Entertainment Center, 11005-106 Avenue. Game starts at 4:30, visiting starts at 5:30. Join us for conversation if you don't want to bowl. $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
Hockey Game Peer Event
Looking at getting a group together to watch hockey game in October. Please contact Robin Nolius if you're interested in joining in (780) 933-0093.
Watch this link http://sci-ab.ca/news_events/grande-prairie for information regarding updates and future events.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The theme for this year is "Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities" http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/. Keynote speaker is Dylan Sparks, up and coming Paralympian from Grande Prairie. Innovative toastmasters will be presenting other speakers as well. Tickets will be available soon.
What Does an Accessible Canada Mean to You?
For More News and Community Events in Grande Prairie
For information about other community news and events,
Nutrition, Active Living and Wellbeing
"Let's Make Gnocchi" at our next Nutrition Workshop coming up in Calgary on October 19, 2016. 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
Use Your Power for Good - Sponsor Energy
Announcing a POWERFUL partnership with
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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.
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.
to find out more about our ongoing resources.
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