Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:

Welcome to the November  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. 

Spring_Summer 2016 Magazine 
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 or  click here to sign up to receive your issue of Spinal Columns by email.
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National and Provincial News
Let Us Know How You Feel...Really! 
The SCI Alberta Services Survey will  tell us how you feel about our customer services, the services you have received in the last 12 months and the impact these services have had on your life. Results will be used to make important decisions about our future direction.  All responses are strictly confidential and anonymous and will not affect any services you receive from SCI Alberta.  The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or trouble completing the survey, contact 587-410-2521 or 1-­888-­654­-5444. Thanks and let's get started!

Time Change
Times Roll Back 
Get ready for an extra hour of sleep on Sunday, November 6 and not too far behind comes wintery weather and sometimes challenging driving conditions. Here are some winter driving tips to help you stay safe on the roads.

Hope for Wellness Help Line
Available 24/7 to provide immediate, culturally competent telephone-based crisis intervention counselling to First Nations and Inuit young people and adults experiencing distress. The Government of Canada announced immediate and targeted mental wellness support for indigenous communities. The national help line is expected to compliment other measures over the next three years. 

Rentfaster a website used in both Edmonton and Calgary to locate (market) rental housing has improved its filters to help people find accessible housing in the rental market.  Rather than just a wheelchair accessible checkbox, you can now use the filters under "home features" to select - Zero step entrance, - extra wide doorways and - roll-in shower. Currently there are very few units listed using these filters but as new listings are posted, all listers will be able to select these features. Thank you to Accessible Housing for their work related to this important and challenging area.

Have You Applied for a Barrier Buster Grant Yet? 
Barrier Buster Grant 
These grants, partly funded by the Government of Canada, offer up to $30,000 to approximately 50 schools and community groups across the country who identify and undertake accessibility infrastructure improvement projects and awareness events. These projects could include the installation of ramps, accessible play spaces or visual and audio emergency systems. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply now at
What an Accessible Canada Means to You!
With good turnouts and lots of feedback after sessions in Edmonton and Calgary recently, as well as sessions across the country, we look forward to hearing more as all of this information is gathered and used to plan for a more accessible Canada. If you have any questions, contact the Office for Disability Issues: Phone: 1-844-836-8126, TTY: 819-934-6649, Fax: 819-953-4797, email

Job Opportunity 
Sport Coordinators for Wheelchair Sports Alberta - two full time, permanent positions in Edmonton and Calgary. Closing date - November 9, 2016. Click here for more info.

Research Study Participants 
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Research study being conducted by researchers from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador seeking research participants for study called Association and Mediators of Leisure Time Physical Activity and Mental Health Among People with Spinal Cord Injury in Canada. Contact
Dr. Linda Rohr (; 709-864-6202) or Dr. Angela Loucks-Atkinson (; 709-864-6911).  
What's  Local in Yo ur Community
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
at 403-228-7434.

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. Ticket Pricing: Pre-Sale Tickets: $15.00 (before November 18, 2016), Regular Admission: $20.00 (after November 19, 2016), Reserved Table of 8: $100. (Kids 5 and under FREE). Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, Door Prizes, Live Entertainment and more! RSVP to or 403-228-7434. Space is limited..  
Calgary Christmas Party Invitation 

City of Calgary - New Access Design Standards 
Cal Schuler_ Community Development Coordinator_ Calgary Office 
More exciting news coming out of the 
City of Calgary on the subject of accessibility. Great to see our very own Cal Schuler at the forefront in helping to implement the 2016 Access Design Standards for the city!

Thank You! 
Thank you to the organizers and volunteers of WE Day for the awesome opportunity that allowed four of our members to attend the event in Calgary on October 26th. 
Edmonton 2016 Peer Events
P eer 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.

Thank you to Kiley Geddie for hosting a Fun Poker Tournament on October 30 as well as a Bowling event in September. We couldn't do it without our peer volunteers!
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Ramada Edmonton Hotel and Conference Centre. Click here to find out more.
Invitation to IDPD 2016
Whyte Avenue - Incline to Include Project
A new pilot project ramped up on Old Strathcona - Whyte Avenue this month and is an initiative of the City of Edmonton Accessibility Advisory Committee. The Include to Include project
will see a number of temporary accessible ramps installed at selected storefronts on Whyte.  
Medicine Hat Christmas Dinner
SCI Alberta in collaboration with the Multiple Sclerosis Society Southeast Chapter invite you to a Christmas Dinner. Join us on December 1, 2016, 5:30 p.m. at the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club, 10 Parkview Drive NE. $15.00 per adult, $10.00 (7 - 12 Years), 6 and under FREE! RSVP by November 28 noon to 403-529-6797 or 403-504-4001.
Medicine Hat Christmas Dinner Invitation

Sledge Hockey / Adapted Curling
Hosted by Medicine Adaptive Sport and Recreation on Sunday evenings, 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Adapted Curling on Fridays, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (starting October 28th). $50 for the season. Contact for more information and to register.

Hand Cycle
Thanks to funding approval through FCSS and the City of Medicine Hat we will be hitting the trails with a brand new hand cycle in the Spring! 
Have a Go Day 
Have a Go Day Information Poster
Wheelchair Sports Alberta,
Lethbridge will be hosting a Have a Go Day on November 12, 2016. YMCA, 515 Stafford Drive, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Red Deer
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 or 403-341-5060. 
Diamonds _ Denim in Red Deer - February 11_ 2017
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - FREE Admission First Wednesday of Every Month
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is excited to announce a new partnership with Servus Credit Union that will provide Servus FREE Family Nights. Free Admission for everyone to their family friendly facility on the First Wednesday of every month from 6pm to 8pm. For November 2 the theme is all about hockey...virtual hockey on the Virtual Sports System as well as Sledge Hockey presented by Paralympic Sports Assocation (anyone can give a try)!
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 or check out ACCGP Peer Program Facebook Grande Prairie.              
Social Bowling  
Tuesdays at 4:15 - 6:00 p.m. Bowling Socials at Bowling Stones Ten-Pin Entertainment Centre. City Transit comes by at 4:35. Contact Robin for more information 780-933-0093.    

Coffee Drop-In 
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Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 1:00 - 3:00 GP SCI Alberta Office - volunteers will be here for drop-in coffee and community development support. Please say hi!

Hockey Night 
Join us for Hockey Night with SCI Alberta on November 26!  Contact Robin Nolius to get your free ticket 780-933-0093. 
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. The theme for this year is "Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities"

Remembrance Day
November 11, 10:30 a.m. Remembrance Day indoor ceremony at Revolution Place. Come join us for coffee at Wendy's after!

GP Music Parents Association Fundraiser for SCI Alberta GP Peer Program 
Join us on November 7. Three shows at 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. at Swiss Chalet. Great food and marvelous music. Thank you to Candi Radcliffe for organizing this fabulous opportunity!
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  
Lots of fun and learning took place at our "Let's Make Gnocchi" Nutrition Workshop held on October 19, 2016. Stay tuned for information about our upcoming nutrition workshops. 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 or 403-228-7427. 
Ways to Give
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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 December 2016. Deadline for submissions is on or before the 26th of each month. Whenever possible, please send in your announcements before the deadline!
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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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