Special General Meeting: This short special meeting is being held so that our members can vote to update BACI’s by-laws and make them compliant with British Columbia’s Societies Act. To read the official Notice of the Special General Meeting, as well as the Special Resolution and proposed changes to the BACI Bylaws, click HERE.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 am
WHERE: Large Ed Centre, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Ave. 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, call the Advisors Gerry Juzenas or Gregg Schiller at 604-299-7851 or e-mail:
WHEN:  Monday, October 30th, 10:30 am – Noon.
WHERE:  Boardroom, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Halloween Party: Win prizes for best costumes! Pizza, Drinks, Dancing & Treats! Celebrate the kick-off of the 2017 United Way Campaign! Bring your loonies for a chance at one of the fabulous gift baskets!
WHEN: Thursday, October 26th,  4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St. 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, November 4th, 6:30 pm  – 8:30 pm.
WHERE:  Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

Senior Committee Fall Luncheon: Hosted by the BACI Seniors Committee and the Outreach Department, for all our seniors, their sons and daughters, friends and supporters. A warm lunch will be served along with coffee, tea, juice and dessert. THE INVITATION has all the details.
WHEN:  Sunday, November 5, 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm.  Don’t forget to turn your clock back one hour the night before!
WHERE: BACI Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby 
RSVP: or call: Bridget: 604-942-0631 or Ilona: 604-299-7872

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, November 6th, 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, November 20th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta 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: 


Halloween Howl: PosAbilities Stage Door invites all ghosts and ghouls 16 years and older to an evening of fun and dancing with DJ Dead Dread. Tickets are $12.00 at the door. Check  THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Friday, October 20th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St, Vancouver

Rockin’ For Burnaby Non-Profits: Tickets for this evening of 60’s music, dancing, free snacks and fun are $20.00. All tickets sold by BACI will benefit our children’s services. Tickets are available at BACI’s Still Creek Reception 604-299-7851. For more information see THE POSTER.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
WHERE: Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

Family Support Institute(FSI) Webinar: Leaving High School – What’s Next?  Angela Clancy, FSI Executive Director & Marta Carlucci, FSI Provincial Engagement Coordinator cover a variety of topics including future planning, creating a vision, planning tools, Person’s with Disability Benefits, Community Living BC eligibility, and advocacy. On Oct 24th, join the webinar HERE. For more information please contact Valerie Irving at or 604-540-8374 ext. 521
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Burnaby familyWORKS :  familyWORKs supports and connects families to work toward employment with their family members who have disabilities.  This month’s meeting topic is “Dream On.” We will talk about planning tools as well as hopes and dreams for the future. Please visit THE WEBSITE for more information.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 25th, 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

Aging Event: Community Living BC (CLBC)  together with the Community Councils of Richmond and Vancouver are holding an event to launch CLBC’s new aging related resources: a website, a planning guide and a book called “Looking Forward to the Future: Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities as the Age.” The event is free. Please RSVP by Oct. 23rd at EVENTBRITE. You can find more information on THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Friday, October 27th, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Musqueam Cultural Pavilion – Rotunda, 4000 Musqueam Ave, Vancouver

Family Support Institute Trivia Night: Join a trivia answering team for this fun competition and win great prizes. Tickets are $25.00 and all proceeds go toward the Family Support Institute.  Details are available on THE POSTER.
WHEN: Friday, October 27th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
WHERE: BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby, BC

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group: . This month’s topic is What You Need to Know about Registered Disability Savings Plans.  Please see THE POSTER 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, October 30th , 10:15 am – 12:00 noon
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, Second Floor

Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan Workshop: This free workshop is for people who have disabilities, their families and service providers. Come learn about the tax and financial benefits designed for individuals with disabilities, and where to go if you need help with taxes or with future planning. For more information or to find how to RSVP, see the POSTER .  This event is hosted by BACI and PosAbilites.
WHEN: Saturday, November 4th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
WHERE: BACI’s Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Future Planning Tool: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network introduces an online planning tool to guide you through the steps of planning for a good life, including financial security, personal network building, estate planning, housing choices and supported decision-making. To learn more and to access the future planning tool go to

October is Community Living Month: Check out what is going on on the Inclusion BC Website. This year the focus is on inclusive education as a decade of erosion of support for public education in BC has put gains made in inclusion at risk. See the Education Section of the Inclusion BC website for up-to-date resources and information.

The City of Burnaby Transportation Plan:  The City of Burnaby is updating its Transportation Plan. The first phase of making the new plan is setting the Vision, Themes and Goals. People who live, work or recreate in Burnaby are being encouraged to fill in the on-line QUESTIONNAIRE or participate in IN PERSON SESSIONS. This is an opportunity to ensure accessibility and inclusion are foundations of City of Burnaby development.

BACI’s Annual Report 2017: Getting to the Heart of What Matters: Check out BACI’s wonderful range of accomplishments and initiatives in the on-line version of the ANNUAL REPORT.

abOUT: abOUT is a community collaboration group for LGBTQIA2S+ people with intellectual disabilities. The group is about connecting, supporting and empowering folks to hold space for each other and with each other, to love and be loved . For information about upcoming events go to the abOUT FACEBOOK page and ask to join. 

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 October 19th, 2017