Dear Wheel-E Newsletter Recipients:

Welcome to the September 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
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is Here! September 7 - 18, 2016!        
With the Opening Ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games starting today at 4:30 pm MDT, the Canadian Paralympic Broadcast Consortium, led by the Canadian Paralympic Committee, announced that CBC/Radio-Canada will be Canada's home for daily coverage from the Opening Ceremony on Sept. 7 through to the Closing Ceremony on Sept. 18. CBC's digital platforms will provide daily live coverage with up to 11 simultaneous live streaming feeds for viewers to choose from across and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and   Android devices as well as and Television coverage will be available daily via CBC, Sportsnet ONE and AMI-tv.

Training for the Paralympics can be tough! Check out the Paratough video below.

Paratough Training Series 
Youth Get Geared Up for Accessibility Legislation 
We are pleased to inform you that an application package is now available at the following address for eligible youth interested in participating in a one-day Forum taking place in November 2016. The Forum is part of The Government of Canada's consultation process on planned accessibility legislation and youth between the ages of 15-30 with a disability or with life experience, work experience or academic experience related to disability and accessibility are invited to apply. Please note that the deadline for applications is September 15, 2016 and that applications will not be considered past that date. 

Accessible Canada Consultations in Alberta 
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 Edmonton, Friday, October 7th, Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Avenue NW and in Calgary on Thursday, October 13th at the Telus Convention Centre, 120 Ninth Avenue SE. Specific times will be announced soon.

SCI Alberta's Zachary Weeks has been selected as the local champion for Edmonton, Alberta to help ensure a successful event.

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. Watch the live webcast of the plenary sessions on September 7, 8 and 9 at 3:45pm.

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.

Vehicle Modification Grant - Ralph Braun Foundation 
The Ralph Braun Foundation works nationally to provide vehicle modification grants of up to $5,000 to individuals with disabilities in need of financial assistance in the United States and Canada. The Ralph Braun Foundation operates on funding cycles.  The typical cycle will be open for one month and the application process must be completed online. 

Shine a Spotlight on Alberta's Volunteers
Through the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards, the Government of Alberta recognizes remarkable Albertans whose volunteer achievements have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. The deadline for submissions is September 20, 2016.  

SCI Alberta Member Featured in New YEG Fitness Magazine 
SCI Alberta Member Featured in new YEG Fitness Magazine 
We would like to congratulate SCI Alberta member Bean Gill on being featured in the September/October issue of YEG Fitness Magazine! Take a moment to read the four-page spread as she shares her life story so far and her experience with transverse myelitis. 
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.

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. 
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. 

Adapted Sports Night Peer Event - Edmonton  
Adapted Sports Night Poster - September 21_ 2016 
Join us at our Adapted Sports Peer Event scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Glenrose Rehab. Hospital Gymnasium (main floor, Glen East). RSVP by September 15, 2016 to or 587-410-2427.

Ron Hodgson Chevrolet Buick GMC Golf Classic  
Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this another great day!
Research Study   
Researchers at U of A and U of C looking for participants in study about FES reducing muscle fatigue. For more information, contact Dr. David Collins 780-492-6506 or Trevor Barss, 780-492-4759 or For more information about the project click here

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Ramada Edmonton Hotel and Conference Centre. Click here to find out more. 
Red Deer
Marlin Styner Memorial Golf Classic - August 12, 2016 
Thank you to our many participants, sponsors and volunteers who helped to make our Red Deer golf tournament another great success!

Medicine Hat

Picnic in the Hat Postponed
Postponed BBQ_Picnic in Medicine Hat - now September 15_ 2016 
But we're still getting together for some pulled pork and coleslaw on September 15th, 2016, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
at the beautiful Echo Dale Regional Park. You and your family/friends are invited to check out the accessible BBQ pit and tables (opened this year). For more information contact 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:  or 587- 253-5300.

Adapted Yoga 
Starts on Monday, September 12, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. at the Blue Butterfly Yoga & Pilates Centre, 425A 7th Street SW, Medicine Hat. Email Amy for info at All abilities welcome! 
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  
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  

Movies at Eastlink Centre Board Room   
Join us on September 17 at 7:00 p.m. for Movie Night. Bring your favorites!   

Great times in Grande Prairie at a couple of our peer events on August 23 and 27th.
Community Participation 
Mieke deGroot and friends attended the grand opening of Encore Suites by Service Plus Inns which has five fully wheelchair accessible guest rooms.

What Does an Accessible Canada Mean to You?  If you would like help completing the consultation form regarding "What does an Accessible Canada mean to You?" just contact as soon as possible.

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 
Summer Goodness with what_s abundant now Nutrition Workshop on Sept. 14 in Calgary

Another great Nutrition Workshop is scheduled for September 14, 2016 in Calgary and the topic is Summer Goodness - Making Meals with What's Abundant Right Now. Hang out with Kasey, our very own in-house Certified Nutritionist and have fun with nutrition. 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.

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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.