Some of the vibrant colors and scenes of the gorgeous fall we have experienced in the Edmonton region this year.

October 20, 2022

Well, summer has disappeared and fall, our most glorious fall in many years, has almost run its course. The weather was warm with little or no wind, so the colors changed gradually and did not hit the ground until recent days. With winter now threatening, your Board has planned a late Fall Luncheon event for November 4th. We hope you will all join us for lunch and fellowship at the St. Albert Legion. See the EVENTS page/FUTURE EVENTS for full details

August 31, 2022

PICNIC IN THE PARK

WPSS held its annual Picnic in the Park even on July 20 at Hawrelak Park. We had an attendance of over 30 members and guests on a beautiful, hot, blue-sky Alberta summer day. We had a really great time! Many thanks to Rick and Pat for taking care of all the logistics with the city, to the phone crew for making sure everyone was informed and to George for getting the fire roaring! View PIX

JULY 25, 2022

DO ADULTS NEED A POLIO BOOSTER??

READ ABOUT IT HERE

June 25, 2022

The July issue of Polio News is now available! See the Newsletter Page/Current Issue.

The 2021 AGM was held on April 22, 2022, DETAILS

Reimbursement Program

Your Board of Directors has completed a review of the Reimbursement Program and has made some modifications to bring the document into full compliance with our Society By-laws. You can access the full document here.

As previously noted the per member per year claim limit is now $1000.00. (This amount is reviewed in each funding cycle and may change from cycle to cycle at the discretion of the board)

  1. We have added several new categories to the list of eligible claims, notably Foot Care Therapy and Physical Fitness Facility and Coaching Fees.

2. Also, we have made available funding to reimburse members for transportation costs to WPSS events. Claims are eligible in those instances where the member cannot drive or prefers not to for the sake of safety and where DATS service is not available. Reimbursement will be made up to a maximum of 75% of the cost of the trip. This reimbursement will not be charged against the member’s $1000.00 yearly limit.

SWIM PROGRAM

News regarding restart of the SWIM THERAPY PROGRAM:

We are waiting for the city to reopen the ACT CENTER. It appears that there have been some setbacks to the ACT renovation and therefore a new estimated opening date has been set as sometime in the 2nd Quarter (Spring) of 2023. This means we likely have a 9 month to a year wait before swimming will resume. Check the Swim Program page for alternative funded swim options. Also note that the reimbursement program has added fitness facilities and coaching to the list of eligible claims.

ALL-TERRAIN WHEELCHAIR:

For those of you who are interested in wheelchairs with larger wheels, here is the ultimate, go anywhere wheelchair. For more videos and information about this amazing vehicle go to the TERRAIN HOPPER website: Videos – Welcome to TerrainHopper :: Created for Adventure (terrainhopperusa.com)

For more choices check out his site: Top Best 10 Best All-Terrain Wheelchairs For 2022 | Wheelchaired

DISABILITY ADVOCATE

After an open recruitment process to find a new Advocate for Albertans with disabilities, Gregory McMeekin is Alberta’s Advocate for Persons with Disabilities.

McMeekin has a law degree from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of arts in mass communications from Carlton University. Despite many physical challenges, he made history when he was called to the Alberta Bar in 2016. McMeekin has extensive personal and professional experience working with people with disabilities, their support networks and other stakeholders. He believes strongly in empowering people with disabilities to reach their full potential and looks forward to being part of a team that is focused on improving the quality of lives of people with disabilities.

He has worked at Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Legal Aid Alberta, and has volunteered on various councils, advisory committees and boards working to improve accessibility, most recently as chair of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

The Advocate for Persons with Disabilities position is appointed for a 3-year term.

(Advocate for Persons with Disabilities | Alberta.ca)

Connect with the office or make an appointment to meet with an Advocate representative:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-1095
Toll free: 1-800-272-8841
Fax: 780-415-0097
Email: advocate.disability@gov.ab.ca