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Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) is founded by John Counsell, Arthur Hay, Joseph Wrangham, Jack Higman, Douglas Quirt, Edward Higginbottom and Andrew Clarke, a group of WWII veterans with spinal cord injuries. The first offices of this organization were located in Maple Leaf Gardens thanks to Conn Smythe. John Counsell advocated for the newly developed Department of Veteran Affairs to supply each returning WWII soldier with a spinal cord injury an Everest and Jennings wheelchair.
Lyndhurst Hospital is officially opened as the first and only hospital in Canada for the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries and becomes a model for the world.
Our first regional office outside of Toronto opened in London. Over the next few decades, we continue to open more service locations. Our reach in 2020 is province wide with locations in Barrie, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Kingston, Peterborough, Ottawa, Waterloo, York, Peel and Halton Regions.
Golf tournaments become one of our organizations signature events. These include the Barbara Turnbull Golf Tournament, The Oviinbyrd Golf Tournament, Rolling Thunder Tournament and Rebuilding Lives, to name a few. The events have raised over $2.5 million over the last 30 years with the help of so many volunteer committee members.
Canada’s first federal accessibility legislation, the Accessible Canada Act, receives Royal Assent. SCIO Cortree Disability Education Centre and Family Peer Program launches.