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BACI Youth Summer Camp: Registration is now open for summer camp. Enjoy arts, recreation and day trips. This camp is open to youth 13 -18 years of age who live in Burnaby or New Westminster and are MCFD -CYSN  funded. Each week has a special theme and costs $60.00. The number of weeks available to each camper will depend upon demand. More information can be found on THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: July 3 – August 25, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


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, June 19, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby

BACI’s Block Party and Summer BBQ:  Mark your calendars now and join us for fun, free food, live entertainment and good company!  This year’s event will be feature a Lip Sync Battle. If you want to join the lip sync battle you must pre-register by June 16th, either at BACI reception 604-299-7851 or at As usual, there will be no parking in the lot, a shuttle will be available from 8Rinks.   For more information please call BACI reception at 604-299-7851 or view THE POSTER
WHEN:  Friday, June 23, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE:  BACI Still Creek parking lot, 2702 Norland 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, June 26, 10:30 am – Noon. 
WHERE: Boardroom, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland 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, July 10, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, 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. The group does not meet in July and August. The next meeting will be Sept 9, 2017


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: 


Father’s Day Fundraiser for the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC: Drop by Nester’s Market in Yaletown and treat your dad (or let your dad treat you) to a freshly cooked hot dog, chips and a pop. All proceeds go to support CPABC’s campership program. More information is available on THE POSTER
WHEN: Sunday June 18, Anytime between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm
WHERE: Nester’s Market, 990 Seymour St, Vancouver.

Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society Summer Picnic and AGM: Come out for food and drinks, as well as games and entertainment for all to enjoy. Childcare will be provided during the Annual General Meeting. Note that as seating is limited, it is a good idea to bring a blanket or chairs with you. Please register by June 20th using the link on THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Sunday, June 25th. Picnic 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Annual General Meeting 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
WHERE: Fleetwood Park, 15802 80th Ave, Surrey

Buddy Club: Meet a buddy, bring a buddy, be a buddy. This month’s Buddy Club event is a day out at Playland.  The cost of $36.00 covers entrance and rides. Bring extra money if you want food or keepsakes. For more information call 778-942-1430 ext. 333. Information about this event and upcoming Buddy Club event can be found on THE POSTER
WHEN: Thursday, June 29th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Meet at the Front Gate of Playland, 2901 E Hastings St. Vancouver

A Night to Remember: A gala evening with a full, sit down dinner, live music and dancing at Century Plaza Hotel & Spa. This event is open to individuals with an intellectual or physical disability 16 years or older (parents are welcome to socialize in a separate area which has a cash bar.)  This event is sponsored by Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Pacific Autism Family Network, Rain City Wolves FB Club and Blazin’ Soccer Dogs. For more information and to book tickets visit THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Friday, June 30th 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver

Canada Day in Burnaby: In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and Burnaby’s 125th birthday special celebrations are being held all around the city. See The City of Burnaby WEBSITE for  family friendly activities, free concerts and fireworks.
WHEN: Saturday, July 1st.

Camp Spectacular: Burnaby Parks and Rec and BACI join to offer a summer day camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Each week has a special theme and offers arts and crafts, games, swimming, healthy cooking,  day trips and more. There are four day camps for children 5 -12 years which run in the month of July. In August there are four day camps for adults 19 years and older.  Each is a week long. See THE LEISURE GUIDE or the WEB REGISTRATION page for more information.

 PosAbilities Summer Camps:  Social Skills camp for youth 14 – 18 years focuses on friendship skills and social behaviours and is based on the PEERS curriculum. There are two two week sessions one in July and one in August.  At Head Start Camp youth will learn about employment and post high school opportunities. This camp for youth 14 – 18 years will run four times during July and August. See THE POSTER for details.


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Camp Subsidy: The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC has a Campership Program which financially assists individuals of all ages to attend a special-needs camp of their choice in BC. Subsidies can be used for camp fees, transportation or attendant care fees. Applications are due by June 30.

New Passenger Ferry Links Vancouver and Victoria: Starting this month the V2V Empress will be offering once a day service between the inner harbours of Vancouver and Victoria. This passenger only ferry is fully accessible and barrier free. For more information see INSIDE VANCOUVER

Mindfulness App: The Health Literacy Team at BC Children’s Hospital along with a number of other experts and youth have developed a free app, called Breathr, to introduce the concept of mindfulness and provide an easy access point to those who are new to this practice. To learn more about Breathr and for information about how to download visit THE WEBSITE provided by Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

Kudos:   Kudoz  is a new way for individuals with an intellectual disability to learn, experience, connect and grow. Learn how Kudoz works, check out the catalogue of splendid learning experiences, and discover how you can be part of the Kudoz community at THE WEBSITE.  To see when upcoming events are being held visit the FACEBOOK page. Kudos is a BACI hosted initiative.

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 June 15, 2017