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March 9, 2006

Leanne Keyko Awarded CAAWS WISE Award

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) announced today the names of the twelve recipients of its WISE Fund grants of $900 (see list below).  The WISE (Women in Sport Encouragement) Fund was developed in response to the ongoing financial need within the sport community.



January 21, 2006

The Steadward Centre Travels to London for FES Rowing


January 15 - 21, 2006 proved to be an eventful week for the Steadward Centre as a few of our staff had the opportunity to visit London (England) for a whirlwind trip.  The trip was planned with the goal of providing the Steadward Centre team more knowledge with regards to FES rowing and it's beneficial applications.



January 5, 2006

In Memory of A Dear Friend, Colleague, and Advocate -- Ewen Robert Nelson -- Student Fellowship


It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of Ewen Nelson passing on January 5, 2006 at the age of 48 years.  Ewen Nelson was the Manager of Information Systems for The Steadward Centre, where he worked for over fifteen years.



January 1, 2006

The Steadward Centre Announces New Director


On behalf of The Steadward Centre, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Donna Goodwin as the Director of The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement.  Dr. Goodwin leaves the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan to join the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta.  She will begin her new role January 3, 2006.



December 2, 2005

Official Opening of the C.A.G.E. (The Centre for Adapted Group and Individual Exercise)



November 29, 2005

Drs. Gary McPherson and Robert Steadward Receive Alberta Centennial Awards for Sport and Recreation


On December 8 the Alberta Centennial Awards for Sport and Recreation will honour ten academics associated with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation in a ceremony in Red Deer. Some of the awards will be made posthumously. This one time award, which recognizes athletes, coaches, builders and leaders, among others, honours 100 Albertans from across the province for their outstanding contributions to the field.



November 25, 2005
The Steadward Centre Goes Wall Climbing at Urban Uprising.

The Steadward Centre teamed up with Urban Uprising for an afternoon filled with smiles, exercise, and plenty of wall climbing!  The event was a roaring success!  Visit our wall climbing photo gallery for pictures of the day's happenings.

October 12, 2005
Karen Robinson wins National Award!

The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability has named Karen Robinson as the 2005 recipient of the Gerry York Moving to Inclusion Award. This award recognizes outstanding work carried out in Canadian communities and schools that promotes and advances the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in physical activity programs.

Read the story here on the Physical Education and Recreation website or on the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability website.

Fall ClassicSeptember, 2005
Running Room Presents Fall Classic Road Race

2005 Running Room Fall Classic 5 & 10 Miler Run & Walk will be held on October 23, 2005.  Proceeds from the event go to support The Steadward Centre.  Visit our Fall Classic Page for details.

August 8, 2005
New Name for Children & Youth Programs

The Centre's Children and Youth Programs originally titled "Youth Activation Station", but now will be known as CAGE: Centre for Adapted Group and Individual Exercise.  The new name better reflects the program, and uses the name of the program's training area in the Universiade Pavillion (Butterdome), commonly known as "The Cage".  Visit the CAGE pages for more information about the programs.

2005 ARPA Symposium - Active Living for Citizens with DisabilitiesJuly 29, 2005
ARPA National Conference - Active Living for Citizens with Disabilities

The Steadward Centre will be the site for one of the of-site tours from the ARPA National Conference - 2005 Symposium on Active Leisure for Citizens with a Disability.  Visit

The schedule and description of the visit is on-line at:

June 29, 2005
Construction Notice - Access to VVC North Doors

Renovations to accommodate the new DATS Passenger Drop Off outside the north side of the Van Vliet Centre will start the week of July 4th (area between VVC and SUB). Access through the west wing north doors will be maintained but access into the ice arena through the main arena doors will be closed off throughout the construction period. The roadway between Van Vliet Centre and SUB will be partially barricaded to allow for the construction activities, but through access will be maintained for deliveries to SUB and the Administration building. It is anticipated that this construction will be completed by mid-August.

June 6, 2005
Youth Activation Station Opens

Innovative new programs get underway for children and youth with disabilities.

June 1, 2005
Wheelchair Tennis Program Resumes

Follow this link for a small poster for our new Wheelchair Tennis Program, being run with Wheelchair Sports Alberta and the Saville Sports Centre.  Three new tennis wheelchairs have been obtained with a grant from Wheelchair Sports Alberta!

May 4, 2005
Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Event

Rick Hansen Wheels in MotionOn Sunday, June 12, 2005 the 3rd Annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event took place in every Province and Territory across Canada. If you are interested in biking, wheeling, skating, walking or running the designated course next year in Edmonton to make a difference in people's lives, contact 

The Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation is a registered charitable organization and an international leader in the field of spinal cord injury. To date, the Foundation has made an impact on the field of $158 million.

Visit our Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion webpage.

April 8, 2005
World Masters Games Update

Check our World Masters Games Page for information on the upcoming World Masters Games to be held in Edmonton, July 22-31, 2005.  There are plenty of opportunities for participants or volunteers with disabilities. 

April 6, 2005
New Program Manager at TSC

Kate Zmurchyk has been hired as the new Manager of Fitness and Lifestyle Programs at The Steadward Centre.  She has been working in he position in an acting capacity since the end of January.  We are glad to have her formally appointed to the position!  Congratulations Kate!

April 2005
Silent Auction Fundraiser

Throughout April, a silent auction will be held at the Garneau Safeway.  The Auction Page lists the items, and shows approx. retail value and photos of most items.  Make a bid... see what you can get!

March 10, 2005
Rick Hansen Visits Edmonton to Launch Wheels in Motion Event

Rick Hansen Wheels in MotionRick Hansen launched the 2005 Edmonton Wheels in Motion event on Thursday, March 10.  The Steadward Centre will benefit from the funds raised locally - they will go to help fund the SCITCS FES Exercise Clinic.  The event take place at Varsity Field, University of Alberta.  Register today!!

March 6, 2005
Indoor Classic and Police vs. Media Challenge at West Edmonton Mall

Our annual fun run took place on Sunday March 6... members of the Edmonton Police Service took on members of the local media in a short course wheelchair race.  Visit the Indoor Classic Information Page.  Watch for next year's event... even bigger and better!

February 2005
Show Your Heart Day at Garneau Safeway

The “Show Your Heart Day” campaign at the Garneau Safeway on February 12th was a huge success! The Steadward Centre had many volunteers on hand promoting the event, and coupon books sold like hotcakes!  Please visit our Show Your Heart Photo Page.

January 28, 2005
Staff Changes at The Steadward Centre

Both Dr. Garry Wheeler and William Gill left their employment at The Steadward Centre on Friday, January 28, 2005.  Dr. Wheeler will be joining the MS Society of Canada, Alberta Division as Vice-President Client Services.  He starts there on January 31, 2005.  William Gill will be pursuing a dream to pursue his dream of developing an adventure camp/farm experience for people with a disability. He hopes to have his business up and running sometime in the summer or fall of 2005.

We wish them both the very best for their future success and thank them for their years of dedication to The Steadward Centre making a difference in the lives of people with disability.

In the interim, Dr. Gary McPherson will be the acting Director, and Kate Zmurchyk will be the acting Program Manager.

January 14, 2005 
The WORLD MASTER GAMES will be in Edmonton from July 22 – 31, 2005.

If you are over 30 years of age, and have a passion for competition, the Games are for you! The event will bring together about 16,000 able-bodied and disabled athletes from around the world, some of whom are former champions in their sport, to compete and enjoy the festival atmosphere of the Games.

PASSION QUALIFIES YOU! The Games welcomes people of all skill levels from recreational to elite, and there is no upper age limit. Medal events for competitors with disabilities are: athletics, rowing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis and triathlon.

Come on out, meet new people and have fun this summer, at the World Masters Games!

The Games also requires volunteers. For information on athlete and volunteer registration visit The website of the International Masters Games Association ( also contains essential information on Games guidelines.

World Masters Games Office: Phone: 780-822-2005 or Fax: 780-822-2100 Web: 

January 2005
Because We Care Update

The Steadward Centre will be raffling four lovely gift baskets during January as part of the Safeway Because We Care Program (see below).  Please come see us at the Garneau Safeway on any Saturday through the month.  The Because We Care Page has more details.

December 2004
FES Rowing Project at the British Indoor Rowing Championships
Please view the BIRC FES Rowing webpage for details of the latest success of the FES Rowing Project.

December 3, 2004
East Side Mario's LogoOn December 3 - in support of "International Day of Disabled Persons", two local locations of East Side Mario's donated $1.00 from each entrée sold to The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement.  Visit the East Side Mario's page for more details.

November 27, 2004
The Steadward Centre is the current recipient of the Garneau Safeway's Because We Care Fundraising and Awareness Campaign.  The Because We Care Page has more details.

May 1, 2004
The Steadward Centre teamed with several other local associations to host a conference to discuss the issue of inclusion.  Inclusion or Illusion? was held April 30 and May 1, 2004.  Our thanks to all the registrants, speakers, sponsors, staff and volunteers.  The Conference Page has more details about the event.

Fall 2003
Visit the University of Alberta Press to see details of a new Adapted Physical Activity textbook edited by Drs. Steadward, Wheeler and Watkinson.

August 23, 2003
2003 marked the 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.  A 25th Anniversary Celebration with activities was held on Saturday, August 23, 2003 at Foote Field to mark the occasion. Visit our special web pages with the story and photos of the event!

Should you have any questions or wish more information about these or any other TSC events or news, please use the "Contact Us" link on the left hand side of this page.

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