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BACI Annual General Meeting: This year’s AGM will be held on Sept 28th. Hold the date and look for more details in upcoming newsletters.

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. September’s meeting is a chance to connect or reconnect, share and learn from each other. Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact John Tsang: or 604-928-8289.  The next meeting will be
WHEN:  Saturday, September 9th, 6:30 pm  – 8:30 pm.
WHERE:  Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak 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, September 11, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak 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, Sept 18, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Self-Advocate Group:  The group has finished their anti-bullying guide and is planning a launch event.  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, September 25th, 10:30 am – Noon.
WHERE:  Boardroom, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

Kudos:  Looking for some new adventures this fall?…..Kudoz  is a new way for adults with an intellectual disability to learn, experience, connect and grow.  Kudos is a FREE program and, at the moment, has NO WAIT LIST. Check out some of the 158 different experiences at THE WEBSITE. Kudos is a BACI hosted initiative.

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: 


Buddy Club: Meet a buddy, bring a buddy, be a buddy. This month join the Buddy Club for a trip to the Shipyards Night Market.  Meet at the Lonsdale Quay Bus Loop, look for Buddy Clubbers wearing tee shirts with a “thumbs up” emoji, and bring some money for food or shopping.  For more information call 778-942-1430 ext. 333. Information about this event and upcoming Buddy Club events can be found on THE POSTER.
WHEN: Friday, August 25, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Meet at the Lonsdale Quay Bus Loop, North Vancouver

T21 Awareness Walk: The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society is holding a walk to raise awareness, understanding and funds. The day will be filled with entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. For more information, or to register and pledge, go to the EVENTBRITE LINK.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: Hawthorne Park, 10513 144th St, Surrey

String Ensemble Angelorum: InclusionBC is proud to host an inclusive orchestra that is making waves in Korea and around the world. Tickets to this first Canadian tour are by donation. See THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9th, 7 pm (Doors open at 6:30)
WHERE: Fraserview Church, 11295 Mellis Dr. Richmond

Heart to Heart  Orchestra: A young, energetic and ambitious group of young people with developmental disabilities will be sharing their talents. The Developmental Disabilities Association is pleased to welcome this group from Seoul, South Korea and hopes you can join them for their Vancouver performance. More information can be found on THE POSTER.
WHEN:  Friday, September 15th, Performance at 10:30 am, Light Reception at 11:30 am
WHERE: Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 W41st Ave. Vancouver

International Gentle Teaching Conference: Gentle Teaching is a unique relational approach to working with people with disabilities. It is centred on building safe, loving and engaged relationships. Developed by John McGee, the method has had success in teaching people who were previously marginalized because of very challenging behaviour. This year the Gentle Teaching International Conference is being held in Vancouver. Learn more at the CONFERENCE WEBSITE. 
WHEN: Sept 19 – Sept 21
WHERE: Coast Plaza Inn and Suites, 1763 Comox St, Vancouver

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group: September’s topic is “Finding and Contracting with Service Providers” presented by Christine Hung. Workshops and 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, September 25th , 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, Second Floor

Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Community Living BC Web Site Survey: CLBC is building a new website. They hope improve the structure of the site, and to provide information to individuals and families in a clearer, more effective manner. This project is in line with the new strategic plan. Until August 31st, they are looking for input from site users. Take the survey HERE.

City of Burnaby Transportation Plan: The City of Burnaby’s current Transportation Plan is 20 years old and out-of-date. Phase One of developing a new plan, “Setting A Direction”, has begun. Until November 31st the public is being given various opportunities to give input. For more information see THE WEBSITE.

Canucks Autism Network Fall Leisure Guide: Check out programs for children and youth offered in communities around the province this fall with the CAN LEISURE GUIDE.

Confident Parents: Thriving Kids: Confident Parents: Thriving Kids is a phone-based coaching service effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12. The program is offered at no cost to BC families, and coaches are available to speak with parents during day, evening and weekend hours. For more information see the Canadian Mental Health Association WEBSITE.

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Fall Leisure Guide: The new Fall/Winter Leisure Guide is now available on-line. Print copies will be available on August 15th. Registration starts on August 16th for most programs and activities. Find a link to the new Leisure Guide HERE.

Kinsight is the New Name for Simon Society For Community Living:  Congratulations to Kinsight for a new name and a new look. Watch a YouTube Video explaining the reasons behind the name change and learn about Kinsight’s mission and vision.

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Adapted Programs: While people with disabilities are encouraged to join any Burnaby Parks and Rec  program that appeals to them, a number of adapted programs are available. See THE WEBSITE or view THE ACCESS BROCHURE.

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 August 24th