Special News& Events



BACI’s Community Garden Harvest Fest

It is time to celebrate our community garden boxes and the wonderful food they have produced. Everyone is welcome to share and help. We will be making salsa with local tomatoes and we will be making markers for our herb garden.  If you would like to volunteer or for more information contact Rachel Goddyn at 778-386-4046 or rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com 
WHEN:Friday, September 13th  12:30 pm – 2:00 pm 
WHERE: BACI Still Creek Cafeteria and Large Ed Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

BACI Hosts Personal Planning Month

In October BACI will be partnering with Nidus to offer four free planning webinars. BACI family services consultant, Rachel Goddyn, is the host and is also available to follow up with families. Nidus is a leader in providing information and resources about estate and personal planning. Sessions will be held at Bob Prittie Library near Metrotown. You can attend all four or pick the one that interests you. For more information see the POSTER or contact Rachel Goddyn at 778-386-4046 or rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com

Webinar Topics and Times

  1. Joint Ownership – The Good, the Bad and the Risky – Thursday, Oct 3rd, 7:00 pm –8:30 pm
  2. Tips For Making a Will – What happens if someone is not capable to make a Will? –  Thursday, Oct 10th, 7:00 pm –8:30 pm
  3. Essential Legal Documents: Representation Agreements, Enduring Power of Attorney and Wills – Thursday, Oct 24th, 7:00 pm –8:30 pm
  4. Consent: What is the Law in BC for Health Care? – Tuesday, Oct 29th, 7:00 pm –8:30 pm 

 BACI Annual General Meeting – Save The Date

BACI’s AGM will be held on Thursday, September 26. 


 Ongoing Groups and Committees



Sam Shows off his Cooking Skills

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, September 9th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, September 16th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 


BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

The next meeting is Saturday, September 14th. Nancy Walton from Autism BC will be speaking about “Transition”. 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 Monday, Sept 30th 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. New members are welcomed. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept 17th.

For more information see  Advocacy Committee

Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 


Band Students at Burnaby North

Rehabilitation Equipment Expo

Come learn about assistive technology. This event features workshops as well as dozens of exhibitors. The admission fee of $2 is waved for those arriving by transit or car pool. Refreshments will be served. Get more information HERE.
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept 10th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd, Richmond

Music Nights with Community Ventures Society

 Join a fun-filled evening with music, dancing and some light snacks every other Thursday. Live music by Glenn Argenal. The cost is $5, and light snacks are provided. People who need support should bring a support person. For more information call Dawne at 604-838-6381 or go to communityventures.ca
WHEN: Thursday, Sept 12th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
WHERE: 2322 St John’s St, Port Moody

HandyDART Customer Open House

Please drop in and provide your feedback on the HandyDART service and learn about how HandyDART works at this customer open house.
WHEN: Monday, September 16th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Kinsight Events for Fall 2019

Kinsight, a community living organization that serves the Tri-Cities area and often partners with BACI, is offering some interesting events over the next two months

DIY Terracotta Pots: This social event is an opportunity for parents to relax and socialize. It is free. Childminding is not provided Registration is open until September 19th and capped at 15 adults.
WHEN: Monday, September 23rd, 7:00 pm -8:30 pm
WHERE: 204 Blue Mountain St, Coquitlam.

Murder Mystery Night: This social event is an opportunity for parents to relax and socialize. It is free. Childminding is not provided. Registration open until October 17th and capped at 15 adults.
WHEN: Monday, October 21st, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: 811 Royal Avenue,New Westminster

Provincial PWD Benefits – What They Are & How to Apply: This session will include a presentation on the application process and what to expect during the process, as well as information on benefit amounts, allowable assets, the bus pass program, and earnings limitations. Registration is required and will be open until Sept. 23.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: 1551 Salisbury Avenue,Port Coquitlam

Transition Planning: Stages & Steps: There are many areas to consider in planning and building a good life for a young adult after high school. The best transition planning starts early, builds a team and support network around the young person and their family, and is person-centered.This free session is suitable for parents of teens aged 15 and up and for professionals/educators who support transitioning youth who have a developmental disability.
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: 1551 Salisbury Avenue, Port Coquitlam

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Annual General Meeting

Light refreshments will be served at 5:30pm. Members, community partners & new members are all welcome! For more information or questions, please contact 604-408-9484 or email programs@bccerebralpalsy.com
WHEN: Wednesday, September, 25th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: Multipurpose Rooms 1 and 2, Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


2019 Super Dogs featured Pacific Assistance Dogs Society who often train at BACI’s Still Creek Building

Northwest Burnaby Community Centres Survey

The City of Burnaby is exploring the development of new parks and recreation facilities in northwest Burnaby and are asking for community feedback. These facilities are important to BACI.  Willingdon Heights Community Centre has provided space for BACI individuals to play basketball, air hockey and pool. Eileen Daily Pool is a favourite swimming destination. Take the survey HERE and give your input. 

Have your say in Community Living BC’s Inclusive Housing Survey

Where do you want to live?  What does your ideal home look like? The Inclusive Housing Task Force, co-chaired by Community Living BC (CLBC) and Inclusion BC, is interested in knowing about people’s current and desired housing, including when they hope to access housing.   By answering questions in this online SURVEY, you can help the Task Force and its partners in their efforts to increase access to housing

Employment Works

Employment Works is a program that offers employment preparedness training and support, combined with job sampling and hands-on experience, to adults with autism and other disabilities. Employment Works is being offered at Pacific Autism Family Network. For more information phone (604) 207-1980 or e-mail  info@pacificautismfamily.com

Inclusive Education Resources

Shelley Moore’s “Blog Some Moore” Website is a wonderful resource for ideas and inspiration about inclusive educations. Check it out before it’s time for back-to-school. 

In The News

B.C. teachers, government agree on program support for most vulnerable students

Dad’s invention for daughter with a disability gets recognition at national contest

Burnaby Parks and Recreation’s Fall and Winter Leisure Guide Now Available

Registration for most Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 programs has started.  To see adapted and accessible programs check out the ACCESS BROCHURE. Individuals with disabilities can also sign up for other programs listed in the LEISURE GUIDE . People that need extra support are welcome to bring a support person with them. In addition Parks and Rec. access volunteers may be available to facilitate participation and provide minimal support. Call 604-297-4576 to speak to the access co-ordinator.

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 Sept 5th, 2019