History

1994 Lila Ward (first left) and Larry Ward (far right) began collecting the aluminum tabs off cans as a fundraiser for project wheelchairs. It takes 8million 700 thousand tabs to purchase a manual wheelchair so they recruited everyone from restaurants to schools in different areas of the province. The tab collection continues in 2010. A manual wheelchair was presented to the Jasper Place Legion who have collected Tabs for many years.

We participated in the Woman’s Show to promote awareness of SCITCS. SCITCS continues to have a booth on an annual basis. 2010 is our 16th year.

1995 The fire halls became partners people-could and can drop off their tabs and SCITCS volunteers pick them up. 2010 is a 15 year anniversary.

We competed against 28 agencies to decorate a portion of the Worlds longest cake SCITCS won the First Prize of $1500. The competition was to celebrate West Edmonton Mall’s Phase 3’s – 10th Anniversary.
Nor’Westers Athletic Association assisted SCITCS in its fundraising efforts.

1996 SCITCS Project Wheelchair/Tab Program donates its first manual wheelchair

Jody Fraser SCITCS vice-president, who has quadriplegia, graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Law. He is presently employed as a Crown Prosecutor and is a past president of SCITCS.

1997 SCITCS initiated and organized a Travel Fair to inform Travel Agents and others in the Travel Business of the needs of travelers with disabilities.

SCITCS is recognized for the unique fundraiser tab collection by winning the silver Laurel award. Lila Ward (L) Jean Ursulak (R) Secretary, Louise Miller (Centre) President of SCITCS

SCITCS gave a donation to the Rick Hansen Centre to develop the Row-Stim equipment to allow people with SCI to exercise their arms and legs providing an improved cardio workout. To date $28,000 has been donated for this development.

Louise Miller SCITCS president recognized for her many contributions by being awarded the Global Woman of Vision and winning the YWCA Woman of Distinction. Recognized for her contributions to the City of Edmonton by receiving a City of Edmonton Award of Excellence