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I would like to thank you so very much for your recent efforts on my behalf. The bar that you constructed for my wheelchair has been a complete success. I realize that a simple metal bar will not change the world but it has made my wanderings in it a lot easier."

Tetra client Pamela Read
(Hamilton, ON volunteers fabricated a shopping bag holder between her wheelchair footrests)









Vancouver Chapter

Contact info

Contact Eric Molendyk
Telephone 604-688-6464 Ext. 117
Email VancouverBC@tetrasociety.org

Vancouver woodworking shop

Vancouver volunteers are offering classes for anyone with a disability interested in learning how to use workshop equipment to produce craft projects. Find out how you can take part. . .

Volunteer meetings - 2018

Dates: Monday, June 11
  Monday, July 16
  Monday, Aug. 20
  Monday, Sept. 17
  Monday, Oct. 22 *** Meeting at GF Strong Assistive Technology Lab (Basement) (Map.) ***
  Monday, Nov. 19
  Monday, Dec.10
Time: 7pm
Location: The meetings are at BCIT (Burnaby campus) in building SE06 room 109. (Map.) SE06 is also know as the IBM Building and the School of Business. SE6-109 is in the basement and access is by stairs or elevator. A good place to park is lot P5. Night classes start at 6:30pm and some parking stalls will be taken by 7:00pm. Parking Lot P7 is a good alternative. Attendees would need to purchase a parking pass for the evening from the parking Kiosk. Carey Avenue is under construction and drivers can use Wayburne Drive to enter campus and drive to lot P5. Enter SE06 thru the main doors next to lot P5. Then walk downstairs or take elevator in foyer.

Typically, meetings are held on the third Monday of the month. There is no August meeting scheduled.

Tetra treasure trove

The Vancouver Tetra chapter has a small collection of parts, surplus equipment and no-longer-required completed projects to be recycled for current Tetra projects.

The equipment has been amassed by longtime Vancouver volunteer Jay Drew (right), and is made available for free for Tetra volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click HERE to take a look at a pdf list of what's available

The small print is that you will need to collect it for yourself.

UPDATE: David Doman has an as-new 12 volt winch to donate to a fellow volunteer.

In addition, Clive Rush has two projects available:

The first is a leg-lifter similar to the item seen here - but more modern and compact. The client would appreciate a modest donation to cover costs.

And there is also a dragon boat seat. ("I ended up making four of these units for a local dragon boat team of ladies with MS. They have one of the units and have used it for more than one rower but have never had need of the other seats.)

Gregg Harris has equipment to turn a manual wheelchair into a power model.

Harry Hardy has bolts, nylocks, aluminum stock and two gimble cup-holders.

More info: Eric Molendyk

Thank you

Your generosity is greatly appreciated:

  A & R Metal Industries Ltd, Richmond
  Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC
  Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
  BC Rehab Foundation
  Cadillac Fairview Corporation
  City of Vancouver
  Face the World Foundation
  Grayross Foundation
  Home Depot, Surrey
  Home Depot, Vancouver
  International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD)
  Marcon Metal Fabrication, Delta
  Metal Mart, Langley
  Province of British Columbia
  Surrey Fluid Power Ltd
  The Umbrella Shop, Vancouver
  West Central Building Supply, Langley
  Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward's Foundation

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Help support the dedicated volunteers of Tetra’s Vancouver chapter who give their time and expertise to make assistive devices for people with disabilities in the community. Your contribution will pay for the materials needed to design and build a custom assistive device. Donate now.