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Mission
To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance, and full community participation.

Nature and Purpose of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Manitoba) Inc.
CPA (Manitoba) Inc. is a non-profit organization representing persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Manitoba. Accountable to a membership comprised of persons living with these disabilities, their families and supporters, CPA employs professional staff, uses committed volunteers and encourages peer-linkages to achieve its mission. (To view our Annual Report please click here.)

What is Spinal Cord Injury?
SCI is damage to the spinal cord whether it occurs by physical trauma, illness or disease. The spinal cord is the neural tissue in the spinal canal that connects the brain to the body below the head. This neural tissue cannot normally regenerate, thus damage to it is considered permanent

  • A person with paraplegia has paralysis in the lower extremities and part of the torso.

  • A person with tetraplegia has, in addition, a partial or complete paralysis of the hands and arms due to a spinal cord injury in the neck area.

CPA (Manitoba) Inc. Staff

Ron Burky

Executive Director

Ron works in collaboration with CPA provincial organizations and SCI Canada to provide leadership in the development, implementation and management of strategies outlined in the national business plan related to achieving excellence in the delivery of CPA’s six core services. In addition, Ron works with and advises the Board of Directors regarding current and emerging issues, secures the necessary financial and human resources to carry out the objectives of the Association, and ensures that services meet the needs of clients and funders and are delivered in a manner consistent with the SCI Canada Mission, Vision and Business Plan.  Ron also represents CPA in the community, and is responsible for developing and communicating a compelling image and profile.

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FAX: (204) 786-1140

rburky@canparaplegic.org

Adrienne Conley

Executive Assistant

Adrienne functions as office manager and provides administrative support services to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Board Committees, and the Manitoba Paraplegia Foundation Inc., Director of Rehab. Services and counselling staff. Adrienne's major responsibility is to provide support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors which includes arranging meetings, preparing agendas, attending meetings, preparing and distributing minutes, arranging the annual meeting and providing assistance to Board committees as required.  As well, Adrienne acts as receptionist, maintains client files, membership records, employee records and oversees all office functions and ensures efficient systems (forms, procedures, equipment) are in place.

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FAX: (204) 786-1140

aconley@canparaplegic.org

Aison Balajadia

Accounting Officer

Aison provides accounting services for CPA (Manitoba) Inc. and the Manitoba Paraplegia Foundation Inc. and maintains a complete financial record system including a computerized accounting system, financial statements, invoicing and billing, petty cash, cheques and receipts, EAPD client accounts, payroll, expense accounts and mileage records. Aison also prepares for and assists with CPA and MPF financial audits.

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FAX: (204) 786-1140

abalajadia@canparaplegic.org

Community Services Division
Darlene Cooper

Director of Rehabilitation Services

Darlene supervises the delivery of the rehabilitation program at CPA and provides clinical supervision to the rehabilitation staff. She is responsible for the general management, assessment and development of rehabilitation programs; ensuring professional standards of service delivery through clinical supervision and establishing and maintaining communications with community stakeholders.

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FAX: (204) 786-1140

djcooper@canparaplegic.org

Services are delivered in the context of CPA’s unique rehabilitation framework operationalized by the rehabilitation counselling process by utilizing the following professional staff with various specialization areas.

Gail Burnside

Rehabilitation Counsellor, Spinal Cord Injury Program

Gail occupies a unique shared position between CPA and the Rehabilitation Hospital, Spinal Cord Injury Program.  Gail initiates contact with all newly admitted clients on the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, RR4, and their families.  She provides rehabilitation counselling, ongoing support and guidance. She coordinates external resources and education services.  She is involved in discharge planning which includes securing accommodation, advising on and securing finances, assessing independent living functions and securing attendant services as well as appropriate equipment.

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gburnside@canparaplegic.org

 Laurence Haien

Senior Rehabilitation Counsellor, Vocational Services

Laurence’s primary responsibilities include the provision of rehabilitation counselling, education and related administrative functions. The role emphasis is on vocational rehabilitation – facilitating education, training and employment - of adults with spinal cord injuries in Winnipeg and rural areas. In addition, Laurence is responsible for providing support to the Director of Rehabilitation Services with the coordination of the Vocational Services, and in the overall provision of day to day client services.

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FAX: (204) 786-1140


lhaien@canparaplegic.org


Maria Cabas

Rehabilitation Counsellor, Aboriginal Service

Maria provides rehabilitation counselling services to persons of Aboriginal origin with spinal cord injuries living in Manitoba, Northwest Ontario and Nunavut. Duties include contacting newly injured hospital patients and their families, as well as ongoing support and coordination of external resources as these members return to the community and establish individual goals to regain independence.

PHONE: (204) 786-4753
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FAX: (204) 786-1140

mcabas@canparaplegic.org

William Ducharme[ON LEAVE]

Rehabilitation Counsellor, Aboriginal Services

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FAX: (204) 786-1140

wducharme@canparaplegic.org
 

Jackie Armes

Rehabilitation Counsellor / Transitional Worker

Jackie provides & facilitates early community reintegration initiatives for manitobans with new spinal cord injuries. Transitional time sensitive interventions augment the CPA Rehabilitation Team's responsible to provide holistic rehabilitation  services.

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FAX: (204) 786-1140

jacqueline.armes@canparaplegic.org

 Stefan Kliewer

Rehabilitation Counsellor, Vocational Services

Stefan provides rehabilitation counseling, education and related administrative functions. The role emphasis is on vocational rehabilitation – facilitating education, training and employment – of adults with spinal cord injuries in Winnipeg and rural areas.

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 FAX: 204 786-1140


Stefan.Kliewer@canparaplegic.org


 Faiza Malik

Rehabilitation Counsellor, Health Promotions

Faiza provides rehabilitation counseling, education and related administrative functions.

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 FAX: 204 786-1140


fmalik@canparaplegic.org


 Dave Brown

Rehabilitation Counsellor, Support for Work-Related Injuries

Dave provides rehabilitation counseling, education and related administrative functions. The role emphasis is on facilitating full societal participation for adults with spinal cord injuries who are in receipt of benefits through Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

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 FAX: 204 786-1140


dbrown@canparaplegic.org


 Mark Wherrett

Rehabilitation Counsellor, Peer Community Services

Mark provides rehabilitation counseling and acts as a resource to ensure the coordination of services specifically related to accommodation, vehicle renovations, practical equipment experience, first-hand SCI life experience for citizens in Manitoba and North Western Ontario living with a spinal cord injury.

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 FAX: 204 786-1140


mwherrett@canparaplegic.org


 

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