A 6 year old boy with autism grins after completing his dance performance. Photo by Andreas-photography

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

BACI Annual General Meeting:  BACI’s 61st AGM is on Thursday, September 28, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, in the Large Ed Centre at 2702 Norland Avenue in Burnaby. A light dinner will be served at 6:00 pm.
WHEN:  Thursday, September 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (dinner at 6 pm).
WHERE:  BACI Still Creek, Large Education Centre, 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: 


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

YMCA Disability Employment Month Open House: Learn more about employment options for people with disabilities. This event features presentations by K-Bro Linen and the HAVE Culinary Training Program that focus on their current employment and no-cost training opportunities for people with barriers to employment. A Customized Employment Job Developer and a Case Manager will provide disability support information and a tour of a WorkBC Centre. To register or for more information, go to THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Thursday, September 14,  10:00 am  to 12:00 noon
WHERE: Vancouver South WorkBC, 7575 Cambie Street, Vancouver

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

Burnaby’s 125th Birthday Celebration: A week-end of fun, free events all around the city. Check out what is happening and join the party. See full details on  THE WEBSITE
WHEN: Friday Sept 22nd – Sunday September 24th

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

Employment Forum and Hiring Fair for Persons with Disabilities: Come and connect with local companies who are currently looking to fill talent gaps in their labour force and with local employment service providers.  This event is hosted by Project EveryBODY who, with their partners, are also hosting a variety of pre-employment workshops this fall.   To register for the hiring fair and to learn more about the upcoming workshops go to  THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept 27th, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Vancouver Community College, Downtown Campus, 250 W Pender St, Vancouver

Burnaby familyWORKS :  familyWORKs supports and connects families to work toward employment with their family members who have disabilities. After a hiatus, the Burnaby chapter is once again up and running.  This month’s topic is Employment Options And How To Prepare For The World Of Work. Please visit THE WEBSITE for more information.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Second Floor Meeting Room, Bonsor Community Centre, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby
RSVP: For more information, or to RSVP please contact Rachel Goddyn,778-386-4046 or


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


The Right Fit Pilot Project: People with disabilities who use wheelchairs typically wait years for affordable, accessible housing in Metro Vancouver. This project is a multi-partner effort to address challenges in matching affordable, wheelchair-accessible homes and independent living support services with people who need them. Learn more at the Disability Alliance BC WEBSITE.

Child Health BC Hip Surveillance Program: Hip displacement is a common problem for children with cerebral palsy. The goal of this program, the first of its kind in North America, is the find hip displacement early when all treatment options are available. Read the news story HERE

BC Celebrates Disability Employment Month in September: Read the provincial government press release HERE.

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 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 September 7th, 2017