Special News & Events


 BACI’s Spring Break Camp

This camp will provide art, recreation and social activities for youth 12 to 18 years old who live in Burnaby or New Westminster and are Ministry of Child and Family Development CYSN eligible. The cost is $60.00 a week. If you are interested in joining the fun contact Jen Ghioda at jen.ghioda@gobaci.com or see the POSTER for more information. 
WHEN: March 18th – 22nd and March 25th – 29th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: #100 – 3755 Banff Ave, Burnaby


Info-Session With The Public Guardian and Trustee of BC

Come learn about the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC and the safeguards they provide. For adults who need support to manage their own financial, legal, and personal affairs, there are several different options depending on personal circumstances. You are invited to this free info-session, to learn about the decision making option that is right for you and your family members. RSVP’s are requested by March 6th. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rachel Goddyn at rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com 778-386-4046​
WHEN: Wednesday, March 13th​, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: BACI’s Still Creek Centre​, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby


 Ongoing Groups and Committees 


Grouse Mountain Grizzlies, Grinder and Coola

Music on Mondays

A free music program for families with young children lead by a registered music therapist. New families are welcome. Please join us. For locations and other information see Music Group

South Burnaby Group
Monday, March 4th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, February 25th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

The next meeting is Saturday, March 9th.  Facilitator, John Tsang, always welcomes new members. Contact John at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca or see THE POSTER to learn more. 


BACI Self-Advocate Group

All self advocates are welcome to join the meeting on February 25th at 10:30 am.  Please see THE FLYER for more information.  If you have any questions, call the Advisors Gerry Juzenas or Gregg Schiller at 604-299-7851 or email: GreggSchiller@shaw.ca

BACI Advocacy Committee 

The Advocacy Committee works to promote access and inclusion in Burnaby, British Columbia and beyond. We raise awareness and provide information to government regulators and businesses including The City of Burnaby and Translink. The date of the March meeting will be announced soon.

For more information see  Advocacy Committee



Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 


 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC

The 2019 Polar Plunge event will have families, individuals, businesses, law enforcement members, and celebrities taking pledges to jump into cold waters on Plunge Day, all to support and raise awareness for Special Olympics BC. Sunny Wachowski, BACI member and sister of a Special Olympics athlete, is taking the plunge. Support her on her PLEDGE PAGE or come out to the event and cheer her on. 
WHEN: Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00 am
WHERE: Kitsilano Beach, 1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver

Tax Workshop for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Family Members

With support from Canada Revenue Agency, Disability Alliance BC’s Tax Team offers an exciting workshop. Come learn about the tax credits and deductions available to people with disabilities, their families and care givers. To register and for more information click HERE.
WHEN: Monday, March 4th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Disability Alliance BC, 204-456 W. Broadway, Vancouver

Parents of Youth with Disabilities Transition Group 

An education and support group for parents of youth and young adults (14 – 24) with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood.  The topic for the March meeting is still being finalized. Please see THE WEBSITE or contact Liz & Yuko at transitionparents@gmail.com for more information.
WHEN:  Wednesday, March 6th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: DDA Kaslo Hub, 3455 Kaslo Street, Vancouver

Basic Banking and Budgeting 

This workshop will use plain language and is suitable for self advocates. Learn how to make good choices when it comes to banking and how to use a budget to help you reach your goals.  Support staff are welcome and lunch is included. Please RSVP by March 4th to scrane@posAbilities.ca  This workshop is presented by VanCity and posAbilities. 
WHEN: Thursday, March 7th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
WHERE: Strive Learning Centre, suite #500 – 4370 Dominion Street, Burnaby

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Education Session

Did you know that the Government of Canada gives out grants and bonds to eligible RDSP holders – even when they don’t have the money to contribute themselves? If you have found the process of opening a plan too difficult, or you have been denied the disability tax credit – you’re not alone! Come to this education session where experts from VanCity Credit Union will advise you on the next steps while sharing case studies of how a RDSP can meet a variety of savings goals. A free pizza lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 11th to Monique Nelson at mnelson@posabilities.ca  See the POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Thursday, March 14, 5:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Suite#240–4664 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby

Skating Party to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Join Down Syndrome Research Foundation for a free family event in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day! There will be skating from 5:15-6:15, then there will be food and refreshments in the Thirsty Penguin Banquet Room. Skate and helmet rentals along with all food and refreshments are included at no cost. Helmets are mandatory for anyone under 12. Skating bars will be available. Sponsored by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society, and CTV. Reserve your free tickets by March 10th at http://DSRF.org/Skate. For event updates, RSVP to the Facebook event.
WHEN: Friday, March 15, 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Burnaby 8 Rinks (Rink 2), 6501 Sprott St, Burnaby

Inclusion Works Burnaby

Inclusion Works is a model of family governed service. It involves families pooling their resources (skills, networks, CLBC funding and knowledge) with support from a Host Agency to create a customized day program that has a strong focus on employment. This model has been successfully implemented in other BC communities! ​ Come join  Burnaby families who are interested in creating Inclusion Works Burnaby and learn from Arlene Zuckernick, a parent who has done this all before! For more information see the POSTER or contact Rachel Goddyn 778-386-4046
WHEN: Thursday, March 21st, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: BACI’s Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Self Advocate Leadership Conference

Self Advocates over 19 are invited to this day long event focussing on “People and the Power of Friendship.” The cost is $5.00. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Participants are invited to enter the What Does Friendship Mean to You? Contest by submitting art, an essay, a poem or a video. Prizes will be awarded. This conference is sponsored by Community Living BC. More information is available on the WEBSITE. Click HERE for the registration form.
WHEN:  Thursday, March 28, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (registration at 8:15 a.m.)
WHERE: South Burnaby Lawn Bowling, Central Park  4000 Kingsway, Burnaby



Links of Interest to Burnaby Families

Video Series on Women and Girls with Autism

Researchers are increasingly recognizing that autism affects women and girls differently than males. Delays in diagnosis are common, reducing access to services, with implications for long-term mental health and employment prospects. Autism Community Training’s 2018 conference focused on the special needs of girls and women with autism. The conference presentations are now available for on-line viewing at no cost. Visit the WEBSITE to learn more.

BC’s Budget Announcement

BC’s Finance Minister Carole James, made an optimistic budget presentation – “Making Life Better.” She announced significant investments in disability benefits, HandyDart services, transportation and housing infrastructure, community living and other social care services. Although there is always more that can be done, this budget moves us in the right direction. The investments are focused on individuals and families, making daily living a little bit easier, while paving the way to recruiting and retaining a dedicated workforce and network of shared living providers; who together, offer much needed support.  I would like to share posAbilities SUMMARY of Budget 2019. 



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 News and Events for Feb 21st, 2019