- The Newsletter of
for Personal & Physical Achievement
Achieve! June 2002, Volume 1, Number 1
In This Issue
Honourary Degree for Dr. Steadward
Dr. Steadward on the Wall of Fame
Water In Motion
Ontarians with Disabilities Act
New Faces at TSC
2002 Indoor Classic
Selecting the Name "Achieve!"
Honourary Degree for Dr. Steadward
Dr. Robert D. Steadward, O.C.
LLD Hon (Belgium) '99, LLD Hon (University of Alberta) '02
Dr. Robert Steadward receiving his Honourary Degree from
University of Alberta Chancellor John Ferguson
Photo courtesy of Ryan Smith U of A Public Affairs
Wednesday, June 5th, following a formal luncheon at Rutherford
House, Lieutenant Governor Lois Hole, along with hundreds of graduands
from the Faculties of Physical Education and Recreation, and Pharmacy
and Science, and their families and friends, paid tribute to Dr.
Robert D. Steadward, O.C., LLD Hon (Belgium). University Chancellor
John Ferguson conferred upon The Steadward Centre Founder and CEO the
prestigious Honourary Degree of Doctor of Laws at the Jubilee
Auditorium which was resplendent with yellow chrysanthemums and
convocation robes in colours of the respective Faculties. Following a
thunderous applause, Dr. Bob Steadward conveyed a heartfelt message of
inspiration to a spellbound audience, many of whom were former
students of his famous Anatomy classes. With unmistakable pride, he
waxed eloquent on the importance of "preparing yourself for at
least one thoroughgoing discombobulation (in life)" and on the
profound influence of "fundamental principles and values"
which are instilled early in life by family and home. Dr. Steadward's
mother, Irene, and his wife, Laura, were joined by his two daughters
and other family members, friends and colleagues, for the pomp and
ceremony which traditionally accompany the University's acknowledgment
of its illustrious alumni. President Fraser summed up his praise of
Dr. Steadward by stating that in accepting the University of Alberta's
esteemed Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree, he had become a member of
the select few who pose a "triple crown threat" by earning
no fewer than three degrees from this institution. The staff, clients,
students and volunteers at The Steadward Centre are extraordinarily
proud of the world wide accomplishments of Dr. Robert D. Steadward who
has spent the greater part of his life in devotion to the betterment
of humankind. Congratulations, Dr. Steadward!
Dr. Steadward conveyed a heartfelt message of inspiration to a
spellbound audience, many of whom were former students of his famous
Anatomy class. Dr. Robert Steadward speaking at the June 5, 2002
University of Alberta Convocation Ceremony after receiving his
Photo courtesy of Ryan Smith U of A Public Affairs
Dr. Steadward on the Wall of
"In the world of sports for athletes with a disability, Bob
Steadward has, in the short span of thirty years, become an
icon." So began the biographical sketch of Dr. Bob Steadward, one
of the outstanding Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation alumni
inducted into the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame, on May
29, at the Shaw Conference Centre. When Dr. Steadward created the Wall
of Fame Dinner, he could little have predicted that twenty years later
the crowd of over 800 supporters would include his and Laura's two
baby grandchildren. It was a splendid evening of glowing tribute to
Bob by President Rod Fraser and Dean Mike Mahon, and capped by his
long-time friend and colleague, Darwin Semotiuk. Dr. Steadward was
honoured in the Builder category and none could better befit the
description as he has laid the foundation upon which athletes and
non-athletes with disability everywhere can construct their glorious
future. In the words of Dr. Gerry Glassford, former Dean, "our
University is proud to add the name of Robert D. (Bob) Steadward to
its Sports Wall of Fame."
Austin O'Brien Satellite Renovation is Complete!
Bobby Markewich, AOB Satellite Coordinator
A shortage of space in
the training areas of the Austin O'Brien Satellite has been a
long-standing issue. This has become more pressing with client
membership growth, increased athletic activities, and more students
pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
Programs were relocated to a room at
Commonwealth Stadium from February to April, while a renovation of The
Leigh McMillan Centre was completed. Some creativity was needed to use
the equipment available, but most workout routines were maintained.
Edmonton Lotteries Board grant, submitted by Tom Soloym (Austin
O'Brien High School Vice-Principal), funded the renovation. The new
Centre features a larger room and new equipment. Some time and
experimentation was necessary to get equipment into position and to
create new routines, but the Centre is again fully operational.
Re-Opening Ceremony was held June 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Program Profile: Water in Motion
Will Gill, Manager, Fitness & Lifestyle Programs
Water in Motion provides a unique and fun forum for
exercise. The water-based exercise program is also an alternative for
those with bone or joint conditions that might be aggravated by high
Water In Motion runs once a week for a six week term.
First held in the spring of 2001, it has become one of the Centre's
most successful short term programs. Due to its popularity, it has
been included in each of our programming terms.
Instructor to client
ratios are kept low in order to provide a safe learning and activity
environment. Activity is set in a more personalized nature than most
group programs, as each participant's ability level is taken into
The current edition of The Steadward Centre's Fitness
& Lifestyle Program Guide has details about the next session of
Water In Motion. Program dates are also available in this newsletter
(see Program Summary) and on the
website at www.steadwardcentre.org.
For more information on this or
any programs offered by The Steadward Centre, please contact Will Gill
at 492-9236 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Activation - Innovative Program for Kids
Will Gill, Manager, Fitness & Lifestyle Programs
Over the past
three years, since its inception, Youth Activation has become a
mainstay of The Steadward Centre's programming. Youth Activation is a
twice-weekly, eight week activity program designed for youths with a
Originally named Youth Stretch & Tone, the
program was first intended to provide a structured exercise
environment in which youths with disability could benefit from
additional physical activity. Sport and recreation components were
added in the second year to increase the variety of activities and
experiences. This led to the development of a partnership between The
Steadward Centre and SportAbility Alberta (formerly Alberta CP Sports)
during the third year of the program.
Current goals of the program are
to increase the participants' health and fitness and to provide a
positive sport experience. It is hoped that more opportunities for
physical education and competitive sport for people with disability
will be opened by learning the foundation of different sports.
Exercise sessions take place at The Steadward Centre's University of
Alberta location. Each participant receives a personalized exercise
plan based on their goals, current ability and fitness. Fitness
testing is conducted at the start and end of the program, to identify
areas that could benefit from additional attention and measure
Sport sessions include team and individual sports to
provide exposure to a variety of activities. Instruction is given to
each participant to improve their sport skills with special attention
given to technique.
The next Youth Activation programs will run from
September 30 to December 12, 2002 and January 6 to March 20, 2003.
Please contact Will Gill for more information or a registration
package at 492-9236 or email@example.com.
"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.
1 cup Mayonnaise (light)
1/2 cup Light Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoon Sugar or Splenda
1 tablespoon Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Whisk together and pour over cucumber and onion slices, broccoli,
EASY COMPANY CHICKEN
12 pieces of chicken (breasts, thighs or
dash of garlic powder
1 jar apricot jam (9 oz.)
1 bottle Russian dressing (8 oz)
2 pkg. onion soup mix
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease baking dish. Wash chicken pieces. Dry
on paper towel and place a single layer in greased casserole dish. Mix
all other ingredients together in a bowl then pour over chicken
pieces. Cover with foil or lid and bake for 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours.
Uncover and bake for 15-20 minutes more. Serves 6-8. Serve with rice.
NOTE: This makes a lot of sauce, so you won't need to increase the
recipe for more chicken.
LIGHT 'N FRUITY STRAWBERRY PIE
1 pkg. Jell-O Light Strawberry Jelly
2 cups ice cubes
2/3 cup boiling water
1 prepared Graham wafer
1 cup diced fresh or frozen strawberries, (thawed)
(1L) Cool Whip Topping (light)
Dissolve jelly powder in boiling water. Add ice cubes and stir
until jelly starts to thicken. Remove any unmelted ice. Blend jelly
into whipped topping. Fold in diced strawberries. Spoon into crust.
Chill 6 hours. Garnish if desired with additional topping and
(For Raspberry Pie, use Jell-O Raspberry Jelly Powder and fresh or
FES Rowing Study Update & Subject Recruitment
Dries Hettinga, Visiting Student
A few years ago here at The
Steadward Centre a completely new type of exercise for persons with
SCI has been developed. With the aid of FES, persons with SCI are now
able to row on an adapted rowing ergometer. This enables you to work
out with your arms and legs. This so called hybrid exercise is of
importance for reducing risk factors for cardiovascular diseases,
diabetes mellitus, obesity and prevention of osteoporosis. All these
diseases are more common in the SCI population than in the able-bodied
population, which makes an active lifestyle even more important for a
spinal cord injured individual than it is already for an able-bodied
To examine the effects of FES-rowing on risk factors for
cardiovascular diseases, a new study has recently been started. Dr.
Garry Wheeler, Justin Jeon and Dries Hettinga will monitor lipid
profiles (e.g., cholesterol, free fatty acids) before and after a 12
week FES-rowing program. It is well known that exercise beneficially
influences the lipid profile. Hopefully we will find the same results
in FES-rowing exercise for persons with spinal cord injury.
studies regarding FES-rowing show that FES-rowing is as much or even a
better type of exercise to improve cardiovascular fitness than
traditional hybrid exercise (a combination of arm cranking and FES leg
cycling). Oxygen consumption is higher during FES-rowing than during
traditional hybrid exercise and rowing is a more functional movement.
So this all indicates that FES-rowing might be an excellent type of
exercise for persons with Spinal Cord Injury.
We have started the
study with the first group of participants, but are planning to have a
second group started as soon as possible. We still have some places
available for this group, so if you have a Spinal Cord Injury (T4-T11,
at least 1 year post injury) and are interested in trying this new
type of exercise, please contact Dr. Garry Wheeler or Dries Hettinga
at 492-8339 or DM.Hettinga@student.unimaas.nl
Ontario Will be the
Envy of Disabled Persons
While surfing the Internet a few evenings ago I came
across a press release issued by the Ontario government trumpeting the
introduction of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Without a doubt
it is the most far reaching legislation ever introduced by any
If fully implemented, Ontario will become the
envy of disabled persons across the country.
Ontario is committing to
do whatever is necessary to ensure that persons with disabilities can
achieve full participation in society.
And to demonstrate that this
government bill is not just a piece of fluff it calls for a maximum
fine of $5,000 for anyone illegally parking in a designated
More importantly this proposed legislation would
require the province, municipal governments and a good portion of the
public sector to plan for the removal of barriers to provide greater
accessibility for persons with disabilities.
A significant component
of the act calls for the creation of a body including disabled persons
to oversee the implementation of the legislation. As well, all
municipalities of more than 10,000 people would be expected to
establish accessible advisory committees.
The initial step in
Ontario's plan to promote full integration within the mainstream of
society for person with disabilities was contained in the province's
most recent budget, which included millions of dollars worth of new
funding to enhance services for this segment of Ontario's population.
Ontario is establishing itself as the province that will not be looked
upon in awe as the leader in improving the lifestyles of disabled
Alberta could claim this fame in the early '70s. Just about
the time Peter Lougheed was elected premier, Alberta's disabled
community was organizing to achieve their rightful place in society.
And it was done with a great deal of success. In a matter of a few
years we saw the implementation of such programs as the assured income
for the severely handicapped, aids to daily living, home adaptation
grants as well as numerous other services, programs and protective
It was also during a period of time that I traveled
across the country in the hopes of encouraging disabled persons in
other provinces to follow our lead. And everywhere I traveled I
encountered amazement at how much had been achieved in Alberta in such
a short period of time.
Simply put, the Lougheed government not only
listened to us, but they followed through with concrete action.
when it comes to persons with disabilities, our present government is
no longer a leader in fact it seems to have difficulty even keeping
pace with other provinces.
After that initial 10-year burst of
tremendous improvements in programs for persons with disabilities, we
seem to have come to a virtual standstill.
It is a rarity to see
references to the disabled in any recent throne speeches or budgets. A
few years ago the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with
Disabilities was created by former premier Don Getty in conjunction
with the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Marathon, but disabled
persons are now looking beyond that.
They want improvements in
accessibility, transportation, housing and numerous other services.
is unthinkable that in this day and age the Canadian Paraplegic
Association has to mount an aggressive campaign in the hopes of
getting appropriate facilities in the recently renovated Commonwealth
It is now time for Premier Klein to take the bull by the
horns and provide leadership in this sadly lacking area. Disabled
persons throughout the province deserve better. It is no secret that
our province seems intent on creating a more favourable tax haven than
Hopefully Klein will follow that province's lead and create
comparable or superior legislation that will be a fresh welcome for
persons with disabilities.
Originally printed in The
Edmonton Sun, December 6, 2001. Reprinted with the author's
Percy Wickman has been both a City of Edmonton Alderman and M.L.A.
for Edmonton Whitemud/Rutherford. He is a well-known advocate for
New Faces at TSC
Over the past several months, several changes have been made to The
Steadward Centre's staff and student roster. No doubt many have
noticed the new faces and it is a pleasure to introduce them here.
Sandy Jacobson has joined the Centre as Campaign Administrator and has
been hired to assist with the Capital Campaign to raise funds for a
new Centre (see TSC Capital Campaign). Sandy comes to us from the Department of
Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science in the Faculty of
Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics. Born and raised in Edmonton,
Sandy is married to John Jacobson, the Executive Director of Athletics
Alberta, and has an eight year old son, Jesse. Athletics is very much
a part of Sandy's life. Sandy is a world-class marathon runner and
recently competed in the IAAF 2001 World Track & Field
Championships in Edmonton this past summer. She can frequently be
spotted running the trails in the river valley … but you'll be hard
pressed to keep up with her.
Breanne Clifford is the new Co-ordinator of the St. Joseph
Satellite Centre. Born and raised an Edmontonian, she is a recent
graduate of the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation with a
concentration in adapted physical activity. Her interests include
outdoor pursuits, spending many summers camping and enjoying Canada's
backyard. She enjoys many sports at the recreational level, such as
swimming, biking gymnastics, and curling. In her spare time, she can
usually be found with friends and family, but also enjoys listening to
music, doing art projects, or taking her two dogs for a walk.
from The Netherlands, Dries Hettinga, is doing his Masters in Human
Movement Sciences at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands and
the European Masters in Adapted Physical Activity at the Catholic
University of Leuven, Belgium. Dries came to Edmonton three months ago
to do research at the Centre on the topic of Functional Electrical
Stimulation assisted rowing for persons with a Spinal Cord Injury (see
FES Rowing Study Update & Subject Recruitment). He has already purchased a mountain bike and is looking
forward to seeing Alberta.
2002 Indoor Classic
MLA Edmonton Glenora Drew Hutton served as the Honourary Race
Marshall for the 2002 Indoor Classic at West Edmonton Mall. He spoke
to participants before the start of the event, as seen in the picture
to the left.
Following the event, a draw was held where over $700.00
worth of prizes was awarded to lucky participants. The event benefited
from the generousity of over 25 local companies and organizations.
Watch for next year's edition of the Indoor Classic to be held on
March 2, 2003.
TSC Capital Campaign
Sandy Jacobson, Campaign Assistant
The Steadward Centre is
embarking upon a public sector-directed campaign for $13 million, for
a new Centre facility, with an additional $20 million for an
Operating/Endowment Fund so that programs and services can operate in
Identified as a "Centre of Excellence" within
the University of Alberta, the Centre has reached its capacity, both
in terms of space and staff. With 500 clients making over 20,000
visits per year, including our satellite centres, The Steadward Centre
is only able to reach a fraction of those who could benefit from our
programs and services.
The new facility will allow us to expand our
range of traditional fitness and lifestyle programs to include new
programs that cover the full continuum of needs for people with
disabilities from transition through to full community re-integration.
With increased space and additional qualified staff, the Centre will
also broaden its current scope of work to include those with mental
health conditions, developmental disabilities and impairments related
The new Centre will be a provincial resource, ensuring
access to all Albertans with disabilities. The Edmonton-based facility
will remain the focus of our operation, while programs and services
are delivered to people across Alberta through satellite centres and
community partners. Such partners will include allied disability
groups and centres, injury prevention specialists, rehabilitation
specialists and other service providers.
Our new 90,000 square foot
facility will feature some of the following areas:
area for resistance and aerobic training.
Multi-use activity areas.
Educational space - seminar room, lecture theatre, classrooms.
Counseling area - group and individual.
Fully-equipped lab for
Accessible residential component.
Food preparation and service area.
Look for more
exciting news as we keep you posted on the progress of our Capital
Will Gill, Manager, Fitness & Lifestyle Programs
Join us for some fun in the sun! Take your
exercise program outdoors. Activity Outdoors will incorporate the
foundation for a solid exercise program, but all the activity is
outside. The program will include basic strengthening and flexibility
exercises while using the beautiful U of A campus trails for endurance
"… using the beautiful U of A Campus trails for endurance
Come Have a Ball
Try a new and effective form of exercise for
balance and strengthening the core muscles, abdominals and lower back,
with our exercise ball class. This four week group exercise class will
provide instruction and a chance to practice the skills needed to work
out on an exercise ball in a safe environment. Please refer to the
chart in this newsletter
(see Program Summary) or the current issue of TSC Program Guide for the
dates of these and other TSC programs. The Guide is available at any
of the TSC locations, or on-line at www.steadwardcentre.org
Naming the Newsletter
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. Dries Hettinga, a student from Leuven University in Belgium,
is doing a study on the effects of FES rowing. Please see the article
entitled FES Rowing Study Update & Subject Recruitment
for more information.
We will be starting a study of beliefs
and attitudes of persons with disability towards engaging in regular
daily exercise. This will involve intake interviews with new clients
at the Centre, followed by the completion of some simple forms
designed to assess beliefs about the pros and cons of exercise;
attitudes towards exercise; level of intention (motivation) and
current exercise behaviour. After six months, we will measure these
factors again to see what impact engaging in regular exercise has on
beliefs and attitudes. Some clients have already helped in this study,
answering some questions for another student, Leighann Halland.
also embarking on an interesting study on the effects of heading a
soccer ball in children. This study will take place mainly in the
community. Some of you may have seen news items in which some
researchers suggest that heading a soccer ball may cause cognitive
damage - particularly in elite players and/or players who head the
ball hard and often. The impact of a soccer ball on the head, even
when met at moderate speed, is greater than that during a check in
hockey or crash tackle in football.
Finally, a note on the MS study.
We have completed a manuscript on the importance of physical activity
in persons with MS, and hope to share a brief abstract with study
participants in the near future. Discussions on the data on costs of
care have been held with the Calgary group and it is hoped to get a
report on this soon. Unfortunately, problems in several areas such as
data analysis have significantly delayed the results of this project.
Upcoming Program Summary
|| Registration Deadline
Come Have a
|| July 30 - Aug 20
|| July 26
Water in Motion
|| May 23 - June 27
|| May 17
|| July 18 - Aug 22
|| July 15
|| June 4
|| May 24
|Special Events / Activities
BBQ & Karaoke Extravaganza
|| June 21
TSC Trek to Kananaskis
|| July 26 - 28
|| June 30
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
The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement
Van Vliet Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta CANADA T6G
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