- The Newsletter of
for Personal & Physical Achievement
Achieve! March 2003, Volume 2, Number 1
In This Issue
Indoor Classic & Media Challenge
25th Anniversary of The Steadward Centre
Tributes for TSC Founder
Summer Activity Day & Bar-be-que
International Day of Disabled Persons
New Faces at TSC
Dr. Steadward’s Travels
Kudos for TSC Personnel
Twelfth Annual Indoor Classic Huge Success!
Media Challenge “Crashing” Good Fun
Sandy Jacobson, Campaign Administrator, TSC
The Steadward Centre held its 12th Annual Indoor Classic at West
Edmonton Mall on March 2. New this year was a Media Challenge.
Fourteen media personalities covered the 3km course in wheelchairs in
support of people with disabilities. The wheelchairs were donated by
Alberta Northern Lights and gloves were provided by Mountain Equipment
The Challenge turned out to be quite the competition. Many of our
media personalities started out fast with great expectations only to
soon realize at how hard the wheeling would become. In the end, we had
two course sweepers who helped push most of the personalities to the
finish line. Special mention should be made to Mike Soebel of Global
TV as he approached the 3km race much like a time trial and was the
only media personality to cover the course unassisted.
This Media Challenge proved to be a fantastic element of The
Steadward Centre Indoor Classic. Watch for a much larger field next
year, possibly with a TV versus radio format.
personalities (Front, L to R: Denise Moulton, Power 92, Noah
Cool 880 and Kelly Campbell, 630 CHED) await the official start by Cam
Tait of The Edmonton Journal
Photo Jean Weeks, TSC
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STEADWARD CENTRE
Originally the “Research and Training Centre for Athletes with a
Disability”, The Steadward Centre has been a presence at the U of A
for 25 years. Programs and research at the Centre have provided
innumerable opportunities for clients and staff alike to excel in the
world of disability health, fitness and sport.
A 25th Anniversary Celebration with activities will be held
in the afternoon of Saturday, July 26 at Foote Field to mark this
silver anniversary. Watch for notices and announcements in the coming
months with more details of the event! We are seeking people to help
plan the event. Please contact Jean Weeks at 492-3182 or firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in volunteering.
Steadward, Founder and CEO
of The Steadward Centre, has received several honours over the
past few months, the most recent of which was his appointment to
Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, with whom he is sharing
his treasury of experience and expertise in sport.
Dr. Steadward has been informed by the
Governor-General's office in Ottawa, that he will receive the
Golden Jubilee Award, for demonstrating exceptional qualities and
outstanding service to Canada, approved by Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II. It is our understanding that Lieutenant Governor
Lois Hole will present this Award to Dr. Steadward, in the not
too distant future.
In October of 2002, Dr. Steadward travelled to
Toronto for an emotional and humbling induction into the Terry
Fox Hall of Fame, in the presence of Ontario's Premier,
Ernie Eves who in his speech recalled that Helen Keller once
said: "No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars…
or sailed to an uncharted land…or opened a new heaven to the
human spirit." In his closing comments, the Premier described
each of the five inductees as "a leader, a role model and a
motivator. Each has left his or her mark on our society."
Turning directly to Dr. Steadward, the Premier stated that for
"over three decades he has devoted his life to making Canada…
and the world… a better place for people with disabilities. That
is a long time and that is a remarkable contribution." The
Terry Fox Hall of Fame provides permanent recognition of
outstanding Canadians who have made extraordinary personal
contributions to enriching the quality of life for people with
physical disabilities. During this special occasion, Dr.
Steadward's acceptance speech referred to Terry as having
"fought the good fight and did not surrender. He gave it his
all; and, he turned challenge into opportunity, leaving the world
a legacy of which we are all so very, very proud.” Dr. Steadward
mentioned that "Terry and I became good friends a long time
ago, he as a (basketball) player, and I as a coach, in British
Columbia. Terry went on to epitomize all that I have championed…
as a teacher, an international sport leader, a sport scientist and
an advocate for equal opportunity for all people, disabled and
non-disabled, athletes and non-athletes… I would like to
(sincerely thank) the Fox Family for this honour."
Congratulations, Dr. Steadward!
Activity Day and Barbeque!
Will Gill, Manager, Fitness & Lifestyle Programs
The Steadward Centre’s programming centres on physical
activity as part of a well rounded healthy lifestyle. One aspect
of our programming which takes physical activity out of the gym
and into the streets are the special events in our Get Active
series. The Steadward Centre holds one special event in each of
our three programming blocks throughout the year. The main goal of
these special events is to provide an opportunity to be active in
the community with friends and family and experience first hand
new or different ways to be active.
Our annual Get Active event in the summer is an outdoor
activity and barbecue. In previous years, activities have ranged
from a wheelchair rodeo to canoeing on the North Saskatchewan
River. This year the event will coincide with the celebration of
our 25th Anniversary on July 26th.
Come join The Steadward Centre’s 25th Anniversary Summer
Barbecue for fun, good food, and prizes. Festivities will include
games and activities for all, sports demonstrations, draw prizes
and of course the barbecue. The summer barbecue is a always very
popular event and fills up quickly.
The event is in the planning stages as this issue goes to
print. It will be held at Foote Field, proposed site of The
Steadward Centre’s new location. As spring draws near more
details will be available — watch for more information.
Will Gill, Manager, Fitness & Lifestyle Programs
Winter programs are well under way and spring is approaching…
well, we hope spring is approaching. In hopes of longer warmer
days here is what The Steadward Centre is planning for the spring
Water in Motion
Exercise in the water can provide a great way
to stay in shape without placing undue stress on the bones and
joints of the body. This program will teach you how to combine the
main components of an exercise regime into a water-based workout.
Water In Motion will consist of once-a-week exercise sessions
in the pool over six weeks. Each session will be an hour long and
consist of strength, endurance, and flexibility exercises for a
wide range of abilities.
Always a favourite, Water In Motion fills up fast! Keep posted
for details as they develop.
Taking advantage of nice weather while we have it is important.
Come to Activity Outdoors and learn how to take your workout out
of the gym and into the great outdoors. Activities will centre on
simple exercises for strength, endurance, and flexibility which do
not require a lot of equipment.
Activity Outdoors will be a once-a-week exercise class running
for six weeks. Each session will be one hour in length. The paved
trails and green space surrounding the University will provide a
great setting for moving outside and being active.
Summer Camping Trip
The Programming Staff at The Steadward Centre is busy planning
and organizing a camping trip to William Watson Lodge in
Kananaskis sometime in August. The trip will cover a full weekend
with transportation leaving from and returning to the U of A.
Hiking, fishing, outdoor skills, activities, and games are all
planned for this fun filled weekend.
Keep up-to-date on future programs through our newsletter, web
site, and program flyers.
For more information on this or
any programs offered by The Steadward Centre, please contact Will Gill
at 492-9236 or by email at email@example.com.
Classic—A Fun Time For All!
Ewen Nelson, Manager, Information
This year’s edition (the twelfth) of the
Annual The Steadward Centre Indoor Classic at West Edmonton Mall
was an enormous success!
Early arrivals and registrants gathered and
snacked on fruit, bagels, coffee and bottled water, all generously
donated by local companies.
Using their best “gym voices”, MLA Mary
O’Neill (St. Albert) and Dr. Steadward spoke to all
gathered before the event about the importance of physical
activity and fitness for people with disabilities.
MLA Drew Hutton (Edmonton Glenora) served
as official race starter, and kicked off the event at about 9:10
am. Approximately 120 people ran, jogged, walked or wheeled around
the main floor of the Mall, covering either 3 or 6 kilometres.
Entrant’s approximate finishing times are posted in the 3 TSC
locations, and on the website.
The Media Challenge followed soon after (see
cover page article). Their finish times are also posted on the
Following both events, a draw was held, with a
myriad of prizes valued at more than $1,000.00, generously donated
by 22 local companies and organizations.
Thanks to all who participated, donated food or
prizes and especially to all the volunteers and staff who helped
make the event such a success.
See you again next year!
Indoor Classic participants on their way around the
Photos Jean Weeks, TSC
Neil Taylor (L) and Breanne Coffill announcing prizes and ticket numbers
during the 2003 Indoor Classic Prize Draws.
An extra special thanks to all our generous food, product and
"Full Meal Deal" Recipe Corner
Jean Weeks, Secretary/Receptionist
We will try to feature recipes
of lighter fare in each issue. These are from Jean's kitchen.
Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
½ cup Honey
½ cup Water
¼ cup Lemon Juice
3 Cloves of Garlic
4 tsp Ketchup
4 tsp Salt
1 ¼ tsp Ginger
3-4 pounds Chicken Wings
Mix all ingredients except for chicken and heat until boiling point.
Pour over chicken pieces and marinate overnight. Brown in frying pan then
place in shallow pan and bake at 400F for about 1 hour. Add a little
cornstarch and stir until smooth to thicken sauce. Serve with rice.
2 ½ cups Broccoli, thinly sliced
¾ cups Tomatoes, diced
½ cup Green Onions (2), sliced
½ cup Cucumber, sliced
¼ cup Carrots
4 tsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Lemon Rind, grated
Steam broccoli. Combine all vegetables. Whisk together all other
ingredients and pour over vegetable mixture. Cover and refrigerate for
(Taken from Choices Menu).
Ice Cream Sandwiches
2 Oatmeal Cookies
1/3 cup Low Fat Vanilla Ice Cream
Take 1 oatmeal cookie and add ice cream, cover with second cookie.
(Makes a nice light dessert)
Chairman of the Board Gets Ticketed
Dr. Gary McPherson says he's on his way to City
Hall, to discuss a $150 parking ticket that was fastened to his windshield
early in January.
The Steadward Centre Chairman of the Board, and
tireless advocate for the rights of people with disability, had attended a
meeting January 16th, when he came outside to find that a diligent City of
Edmonton employee had left a message on his van. Moreover, Dr. McPherson
confesses that one half of the two-fold charge was justifiable. He says
“The ticket stated I was guilty of parking in wheelchair parking when my
placard was in clear display hanging on the rearview mirror. The ticket
said nothing about a time limit violation of the two-hour limit -- when I
was closer to 3 hrs.”
The interesting nature of this factual rendering is
that there does not seem to be any mechanism in place, for the City of
Edmonton to make only one legitimate charge out of two possible
infractions. What happened to Gary could happen to any person with
disability who has (a) parked in a Disabled Zone while displaying their
decal, and/or (b) has, in Gary's words, “overstayed their welcome”.
The Disabled Parking Zone allowed for a two-hour stay,
but as meetings are often wont to do, Gary's went into a costly overtime.
Yes, he was “guilty as charged” insofar as exceeding the time limit;
however, he was absolutely within his rights as a person with disability,
identified as such, to park his vehicle in the specified Zone.
“There ought to be a law”… Good luck downtown, Mr. Chairman!
Dr. Steadward (R) and Paralympic Sledge
Hockey Champion Warren Martin at IDDP Celebrations
Photo Carmen Adams, TSC
International Day Of
International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3rd, was proclaimed by the
General Assembly of the United Nations in 1992. Celebration of this Day
aims to increase awareness and understanding of persons with disabilities
and the issues that impact their lives, with an additional goal of getting
support for practical action at all levels, by, with and for persons with
In commemoration of this important day, The Steadward
Centre hosted an Open House coffee party for clients and faculty. Many
people dropped in for refreshments and to pay tribute to Steadward Centre
members. A highlight of the event was a visit by Warren Martin, sledge
hockey player and Paralympic Winter Games champion.
Ewen Nelson monitored a table in the Students
Union Building (SUB), together with staff from the UofA's Specialized
Support and Disability Services. Sandy Jacobson and Will Gill
attended City Hall's celebration of the event, where Minister for
Community Development, the Honourable Gene Zwozdesky, took a
special moment to recognize their attendance and acknowledge the excellent
reputation of both the Centre and Dr. Steadward for whom it is
Look for an even greater celebration of this event,
next year at The Steadward Centre.
New Faces at TSC
Will Gill, Manager, Fitness & Lifestyle Programs,
The past fall and winter has seen several staff changes
take place. Danielle Reaney and Bobby Markewich left the
Centre to teach English in Korea for a year. As well, Leanne Cole
has moved on to other interests.
Carmen Adams has joined us as the Adapted
Fitness Instructor in our U of A fitness centre. Carmen in a native of the
Edmonton area and is a graduate of the U of A. Carmen stepped into a very
busy situation quite easily and effectively.
Neil Taylor was hired as our FES technician last
October and continues to work in FES and some of the short term activity
programs. Neil is a graduate of York University.
Kim Lagace has returned to The Steadward Centre
after being in school in Europe for a year. Kim is the Program Coordinator
at our Austin O’Brien Satellite. Kim is a graduate of the U of A and
spent a year as the Adapted Fitness Instructor in our University of
The Steadward Centre is providing practicum placements for three
students over the winter term of 2003. Shawn Sanville comes from
the University of Regina where he is currently finishing a Bachelor of
Physical Activity Studies in Adapted Physical Education. Dorota Hanasz
and Kristy Munroe come to The Steadward Centre from the U of A’s
BPE in Adapted Physical Activity program. Be sure to welcome Shawn,
Dorota, and Kristy if you see them. Good luck in your practicum studies
and I hope you find your stay with us rewarding and educational.
By the time you read this, I will have already left Canada. I would
like to say that I had a great time in Canada and at The Steadward Centre
in particular. Thanks to everyone; clients and staff. I have learned a lot
more than I thought I would be able to learn. One person I would like to
mention in particular is Dr. Garry Wheeler; a great person who
introduced me to the world of science and FES-rowing. I cannot thank him
enough for that. Starting in January 2003, I will continue studying
FES-rowing, this time in London (U.K.), but I hope to back in Edmonton one
day. Hope to see you all then!
Thanks once more, Dries Hettinga
Sandy Jacobson, Campaign Assistant
A lot has happened surrounding the Capital Campaign
since we last reported. A lot of our effort has been focused towards
meeting with the Provincial and Federal Governments making them aware of
The Steadward Centre and our Capital Campaign. We are also working within
the community to increase awareness about the Centre and market the types
of programs and services offered.
Steadward Centre bridges the divide between disability and ability, and
between exclusion and inclusion, through the promotion of active living,
the development of health related fitness, and facilitation of functional
independence, leading to full participation and acceptance within the
broader social context. The Centre offers an environment where people with
disabilities can come and learn the skills they need to regain their
independence through fitness, health and lifestyle programming in order to
be contributing members of society.
We have developed a Business Plan and have engaged
Stantec Inc, management consultants, to help finalize the document.
The Steadward Centre approached NAIT and have
challenged their second-year students in the “ARC410 Design &
Presentation III” course to build two models of the new Steadward
Centre. Two classes will compete against each other and students will be
graded on materials used, etc. Completion date for these models is set for
Various groups have expressed an interest in becoming
tenants or partners with The Steadward Centre. Discussions have taken
place and suggestions made for a second floor to be added to accommodate
such plans. The Steadward Centre would like to collaborate with partners
working in the area of disability to more effectively deliver services to
the community and abroad.
Statistics show that disability among the aboriginal
community is very high. TSC would like to create synergies with the
aboriginal community so that they too can access the programs and services
we offer in and off the reserves. TSC presented and shared their video
with the Confederacy Treaty Six Inter-Agency Workshop on December
4, 2002. The presentation was very well received and the need for
resources like ours expressed. The Centre also joined an Interagency Group
serving aboriginals with disabilities. The group is comprised of
representatives from the City of Edmonton, CPA, Aboriginal
Disabilities Society of Alberta, The Steadward Centre and EmployAbilities
and meets on the last Friday of every month. The intent of this group is
to share information and resources and ultimately, collaborate services.
If you would like to learn more about The Steadward
Centre, would like a tour, or are interested in having a representative
from the Centre make a presentation to your company or organization,
please contact Sandy Jacobson, Campaign Administrator, W1-67 Van
Vliet Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H9, (tel) 780-492-9389, (email)
Recent Travels for Disability Sport
DENMARK AND THE FAROE ISLANDS
An invitation from The Danish Sports Organization for
the Disabled, took Dr. Robert Steadward to Denmark last September
when he participated in a seminar entitled, "Willing and Able".
As the guest speaker, Dr. Steadward expounded on the complicated issue of
"Moving towards Inclusion" and referred in his speech to "…the
concept of inclusion (in Canadian sports) is illustrated by the inclusion
of athletes with disability in mainstream sports organizations for people
without disability. Swimming and Alpine Skiing are excellent examples,
BUT, the experiences of the disabled skiers and swimmers suggest that
perhaps funding is now harder to secure for disabled athletes now that
they are put into one melting pot". Dr. Steadward went on to make the
"comparison of pushing a stone uphill. If we let it slip, just for a
second, it will begin to slide back down. So, for the sake of our children
and …grandchildren, and the legacy we wish to impart upon them, we ought
to plan and prepare for a continually better world in which they will have
every opportunity to excel, regardless of their age, gender, race,
religion, colour or ability." Finally, he asked, "Are you doing
your part, Denmark? If you are, then you will create a better world for
the future of all your people. And, ultimately all peoples of the
Part of the trip to Northern Europe also involved a
visit to Faroe Islands where dignitaries and sport enthusiasts gathered to
hear the IPC's visionary founder and Honourary President offer friendly
but serious advice on the merits of forming a close relationship between
their National Olympic and Paralympic Committees. Dr. Steadward remarked,
with a well-known zeal and passion for sport issues that have become his
trademark, that "I encourage you to seek a partnership between the
two Committees, for the future of sport, for all".
Dr. Steadward and his wife, Laura, expected to
be greeted by a stark winter scene, in this community far to the north of
Scotland and west of Norway, but they were amazed by Faroe Island's green
and pastoral landscape. Dr. Steadward was wistful about his unique
journey, "it was truly beautiful, and the friendly citizens of Faroe
Islands made us feel very welcome. We would love to go back,
Dr. Steadward has made a lifetime of encouraging all
nations to share their sport knowledge, experience and expertise between
their National Olympic and Paralympic Committees. Faroe Islands is one of
many countries that listened and commenced action.
FESPIC GAMES, KOREA
Located at the southeastern tip of the Korean
Peninsula, Busan is the second largest city in Korea, with a population of
four million. Dr. Steadward, Founder of the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC) returned to "the Games" last October, when he
visited Busan host of the outstanding 8th FESPIC Games for athletes with
disability, the first international games for athletes with disability in
Korea since the 1988 Paralympic Summer Games in Seoul. The former
President of FESPIC Games is Sir Harry Fang, to whom Dr. Steadward
had proudly presented the Paralympic Order, in 2002.
Competitors from 42 countries flocked to the ancient
city, to participate in 17 sports and 525 events, for seven days last
fall. The international leader for disability sport was recognized as
Father of the modern-day Paralympic movement and the IPC organization,
under whose leadership and vision, sport for athletes with disability
today enjoys a high profile, world-wide.
At the invitation of the FESPIC President, Dr.
Steadward travelled with his wife, Laura, for several days of exciting
competition, as well as the spectacular Opening Ceremonies. During his
visit, Dr. Steadward found himself among old and new friends, to whom he
promised a return trip to Korea, perhaps with a view to family vacation
and an adventure in tourism, something he never had time for as the busy
About the Name
Achieve! was selected as the new name for The Steadward Centre
Newsletter. "Achieve!" embodies the new name and mission of
the Centre and the spirit represented by the logo. We hope you enjoy
this issue and welcome your comments and suggestions for future
achieve: v.t. Accomplish, carry out; acquire; reach (an end).
Oxford English Dictionary.
TSC Research News & Updates
Dr. Garry Wheeler, Manager of Research and Counseling
The Centre is currently engaged in a number of research
projects of interest to the clients.
The Supplementary Training Module for health fitness
and lifestyle professionals is now titled "Enhancing Inclusive
Fitness and Lifestyle Services" is ready to go across the country.
The acronym is EIFLs so we could say we are going on the EIFLs TOUR.
I am delighted to announce that Dries Hettinga
has completed his project finally and is now in the writing stage. This
was no mean feat considering the task.
As well we are nearing an internet race with FES rowing between the UK
and Canada which will be very exciting. We are currently taking care of
the technical aspects of the race and demonstration. We are hoping this
comes to fruition in the near future upon receipt of one of the new
prototypes that Dr. Brian Andrews and the Charity Trust DEMAND have
developed for us.
for TSC Personnel
Congratulations are due to Dr. Gary McPherson,
Chairman of The Steadward Centre’s Board of Directors, on the
announcement that the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with
Disability has created an award in his name! On December 3, 2002, at the
International Day of Disabled Persons event in City Hall, the Gary
McPherson Award was announced. The award will recognize outstanding
leadership or achievement by individuals, public, private and
not-for-profit organizations who are enhancing and enriching the lives of
persons with disabilities.
Congratulations also go to Ewen Nelson, the
Centre’s Manager of Information Systems for the announcement by the
Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities that he is co-winner of
the 2002 Council of Canadians with Disabilities Award for Alberta. The
award recognizes individuals for their “dedication and integrity in the
continuing pursuit of full participation in society by people with
Upcoming Program Summary
|| Registration Deadline
Water in Motion
|| May 22 - June 26
|| May 16
|| July 24 - Aug 28
|| July 17
|Special Events / Activities
TSC Silver Anniversary Celebration
|| July 26
TSC Trek to Kananaskis
|| TBA August
Note: All The Steadward Centre programs are closed between June 30
and July 11, reopening on July 14th.
Watch for the new program flyers in mid-April. For information on these
or any TSC programs, call 492-9236, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or check our web site at www.steadwardcentre.org
The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement
Van Vliet Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta CANADA T6G
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