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BACI Self-Advocate Group:  The group is learning about voting and participating indemocratic elections.  Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute.  Please see THE FLYER for more information about the group.  If you have any questions, please call the Advisors Gerry Juzenas or Gregg Schiller at 604-299-7851 or e-mail:
WHEN:  Monday, April 24, 10:30 am – Noon. 
WHERE:  Boardroom, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Children’s Music Appreciation North Burnaby – Music on Mondays: Family fun for young children with action songs and a music sing-a-long for families lead by a registered music therapist. Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact Susan Kwan: or 604.720.0028.
WHEN:  Monday, April 24, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby.

BACI Children’s Music Appreciation South Burnaby– Music on Mondays: Family fun for young children with action songs and a music sing-a-long for families lead by a registered music therapist.  Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact Susan Kwan: or 604.720.0028.
WHEN: Monday, May 1, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby.

BACI Senior’s Spring Tea: The Seniors Committee invites members to join them for a light lunch and dessert followed by special entertainment from some of our talented BACI individuals. For more information contact Bridget: 604-942-0631 or Ilona 778-650-0190.
WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

BACI Chinese Parent Support Group:  A family networking group that helps to develop services and support for autistic persons and to raise awareness of autism in the Chinese community.  Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact John Tsang: or 604-928-8289.
WHEN:  Saturday, May 13, 6:30 pm  – 8:30 pm.
WHERE:  Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby.

CARF Accreditation Survey: Surveyors from CARF (The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission) will be visiting BACI to complete an External Accreditation Process.  BACI -like every other Community Living organization in BC – is required to go through an external review to make sure the standard of services we provide is in line with international best practices. To learn more or to find out how you can contribute your ideas and feed back see THE POSTER.

WHEN: May 15 – 17, 2017

KUDOZ:   Kudoz is a catalogue of hundreds of splendid learning experiences for folks with cognitive disability to learn, grow, and develop a better understanding and awareness about themselves. Find out more about KUDOZ, a BACI hosted and sponsored initiative, at THE WEBSITE and view upcoming events at THE FACEBOOK page.

Don’t forget that the BACI Family EVENTS CALENDAR  is updated frequently and that all current and past E-newsletters are archived at our BLOGSITE


Events of interest for Burnaby Families: 


“At The End Of Intellectual Disability”:  Come hear Dr. Christopher Kliewer  unravel the construct of intellectual disability that has dominated policy and practice. Learn how we can move away from deficit ideology and toward the notion that intellect is immutable and individual.  See THE WEBSITE for more information. You can register on-line at EVENTBRITE.
WHEN: Friday, April 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: The Aboriginal Gathering Place, Douglas College, Room 4650 – 700 Royal Ave. New Westminster

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group: Workshops / activities are presented primarily in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation.  Please see the ENGLISH FLYER or CHINESE FLYER for more information. Group goals are outlined in the MINISTRY PAMPHLET . Group co-ordinator Mable Law can be reached at 604-877-8606 ext 244 or
WHEN:  Monday, April 24th , 10:15 am – NOON
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 KingswayBurnaby, Second Floor
TOPIC:  ADHD – Parenting and Social Skills with David Chong

The Buddy Club: Social activities and fun for all. Bring a buddy, be a buddy. This month The Buddy Club will explore the foreshore outside River Market and have dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory. See THE POSTER for more information.
RSVP: 778-945-1430 ext. 333
WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
WHERE: Meet up in the River Market food court at 4:30 pm

BC People First Annual General Meeting:  BC People First aims to promote equality for all people who have been labelled with a disability. Membership is free and open to self-advocates. The afternoon includes a workshop called Know Yours Rights with Fred Ford. See  THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
WHERE: Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch ,1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Parents of Youth with Disabilities Transition Group: The Vancouver Parents Transition Group is an education and support group for parents of youth and young adults (14 – 24) with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood.  Please see THE WEBSITE or THE WINTER 2017 FLYER for future dates and topics. For more information contact Liz & Yuko at
TOPIC: Options After High School
WHEN:  Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE:  East Side Location – DDA’s  Kaslo Hub, 3455 Kaslo St, Vancouver

Facing the Future Together: Succession planning for families of a loved-one with a disability:  PLAN Institute presents a workshop about passing on the roll of supporting, advocating and caring for your relative with a disability from the parents’ generation to the next generation. Visit THE WEBSITE to register.
COST: $75.00
WHEN: Saturday, May 6
WHERE:Unitarian Church,  949 West 49th, Vancouver

Special Olympics Youth Sports Day: A free fun filled day for children with intellectual disabilities. Registered and new athletes ages two to 12 are welcome. All participants will receive a free T-shirt and refreshments. Please register by Friday, May 5 with Sarah Wall 604-802-4226 or  See THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 2017 1p.m. – 4p.m.
WHERE: St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th Ave, Burnaby


Links of interest for Burnaby Families: 


ASD Research Initiative: The provincial government has announced funding for a pilot program to provide coaching for parents of children at risk of autism spectrum disorder. The program will be studied to see if this type of early intervention improves long term outcomes. The approach has particular promise for children in under served areas of the province. READ MORE or listen to a CBC interview with researcher Pat Miranda (interview link is at bottom of the page.)

CanAssist: This University of Victoria based program provides customized technologies and software so that all people have the opportunity to participate, contribute and reach their full potential. Their services are available to people in the Metro Vancouver area. Particularly check out their apps which are free to download.

Adapted Synchronized Swimming: Burnaby Caprice Synchronized Swim Club is offering synchronized swimming for everyone at Burnaby’s CG Brown Pool. Check out THE WEBSITE for more information.

Burnaby School District Summer Session: Registration for the summer session begins on April 10th. The programs offered and district policies are available at THE WEBSITE.

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Spring 2017/Summer 2017 Programs: Access the Adapted Programs brochure from the Burnaby Park and Rec Website.


Burnaby Parent Support Resources & Groups:  BACI Family Support has put together a listing of organizations that support families who live in the Burnaby region with on-going in-person support or on-line support.  You can find this list at the Family Support & Advocacy site WEBSITE with a short explanation of the type of support available.

BACI Family Information and Support contacts
Rachel Goddyn:  (Cell) 778.386.4046  – Workshops & Newsletter
John Tsang: (Cell) 604.928.8289 – Chinese Parent Support Group
Susan Kwan:  (Cell) 604.720.0028 – Music on Mondays

BACI Family Information and Support
Family Gathering Place
7716 Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5J 4K4
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BACI News and Events for April 20, 2017