*TODAY* Spring Clean for Earth Day:  Join us in celebrating Earth Day and the end of BACI’s 60 DAYS OF GIVING campaign!   Drop off your used clothing, accessories, bedding and towels and make a difference in the lives of the children we serve!  As part of our BACI BIN initiative, all donations made are bought by Value Village, and that money will go to support BACI’s Children’s Services.
WHEN:  Friday, April 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE:  BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Self-Advocate Group:  The group is working on a project to produce a plain-language Anti-Bullying Guide.  Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute.  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 by e-mail at:
WHEN:  Monday,  April 25, 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 Carol Stinson: or 604.763.5667.
WHEN:  Monday, May 2, 6:00  – 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.
WHEN:  Saturday, May 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WHERE:  Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby.

BACI Senior Committee Spring Tea:  Hold the date for this year’s spring luncheon hosted by BACI’s Outreach Department and Senior’s Committee.
WHEN:  Sunday, May 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
WHERE:  Large Ed Room, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby 
RSVP: or call: Bridget: 604-942-0631 or Ilona: 604-299-7872

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 Carol Stinson: or 604.763.5667.
WHEN:  Monday, May 16, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby. 

BACI Massage Therapy:  BACI will be offering massage therapy sessions for employees, families, and people supported by BACI, in partnership with the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.  The sessions will be delivered by Massage Therapy students. Please view THE POSTER for more information.

Housing, from the basics to the creative:  BACI and posAbilities are co-hosting a series of 3 workshops on housing for individuals with a disability. We will have more information in the coming weeks, please hold the dates!
1.  Housing 101:  The basics, what is available and how is it funded.  Speakers will be from local Community Living agencies and Community Living BC.
    WHEN:  Wednesday, May 18, 7 – 8:30 PM
    WHERE:  BACI Large Education Room, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

2.  Creating Innovative Housing Options:  Families are creating new and exciting housing options in British Columbia.  If housing for your loved one with a disability seems like a pipe-dream then maybe this educational opportunity is for you.  Presented by families, service providers and Community Living BC. Networking and light lunch to follow.
    WHEN:  Saturday, May 28, 10 AM – 1 PM
    WHERE:  BACI Large Education Room, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby
    RSVP:  Please RSVP to Carol at or 604.763.5667 to help us with the food order.

3.  Is Shared Living Right for Me?  Who pays for what?  What are the responsibilities of the caregiver?  The individual? The family?  What happens when things go wrong?  If you have questions, we will have the answers.
    WHEN:  Wednesday, June 8, 7 – 8:30 PM
    WHERE:  BACI Large Education Room, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

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:

*TODAY* CPABC Youth Peer-to-Peer Support Group:  This program provides an opportunity for youth and young adults with physical disabilities to discuss social and cultural issues that arise from having a disability. Disabled peers will facilitate the group in a safe welcoming environment.  Please see THE WEBPAGE for more information.
WHEN:  Every third Friday, Ongoing from February – June, next meeting April 22, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
WHERE:  PeerNetBC,  408-602 Hastings St W, Vancouver,  Room 408
RSVP:  To RSVP of for more information, please call 1-800-663-0004 or email

Vancouver Mental Health Family Conference:   “From crisis to hope you are not alone” is the theme of the conference hosted by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Schizophrenia Society and the Mood Disorders Association of BC.  Please see THE POSTER for more information or visit the Peer Support WEBSITE.
WHEN:  Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
WHERE:  Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital, 800 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
COST:  $25.00 – Financial assistance may be available, contact Becky Hynes

The Buddy Club:  Meet a Buddy, Bring a Buddy, Be a Buddy!  This month the Buddy Club, hosted by the Supported Living Network,  is going out for dinner and attending a movie in North Vancouver.  Please see THE FLYER for more information. NOTE date in flyer is wrong, April event is Thursday, April 28, NOT Tuesday the 26th.
WHEN:  Thursday, April 28, Movie and Chinese Food
RSVP:  Please email Sherri Crane as phone lines may not be working.  Call 778-945-1430 ext. 333 ( to RSVP or to find out more).

Transition Resource Fair 2016:  The District of Burnaby #41 is hosting a Transition Resource Fair for all families who have children with special needs aged 13 – 24 who will be transitioning to adult programs. There will be a panel presentation at 6:30 and information booths hosted by local service providers and government agencies.  Please see THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN:  Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
WHERE:  Burnaby Central Secondary School, 6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby

Parents of Youth with Disabilities Transition Group: The Vancouver Parents Transition Group is an education and support group for parents of youth and young adults (14 – 24) with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood.  Please see THE WEBSITE for future dates and topics or contact Liz & Yuko at .
TOPIC:  Safety & Socialization
WHEN:  Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm        
WHERE:  East Side Location – DDA’s  Kaslo Hub, 3455 Kaslo Street, Vancouver

BC People First AGM and Conference 2016:  B.C. People First Goals are to promote equality for all people who have been labelled with a disability. We speak for ourselves and make our own decisions. We educate the community about our movement and our issues.  BCPF is an organization for people labeled with a disability, run by people with a diversability.  Please see THE POSTER for all the details on the conference including accomodation.
WHEN:  Wednesday, May 4th and Thursday May 5th
WHERE:  Coast Westerly Convention Centre, Courtenay, BC

Family Focus Conference 2016:  The Value of One; The Power of Many, October 21 – 23, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC.  The Family Focus Society is accepting proposals for presentations, sessions and roundtable facilitation.  Please visit THE WEBSITE for more information.

Links of Interest:

Survey on Public Education:  The BC Parents of Special Needs Children – Action for Equitable Access to Education is doing a follow up on the Forced Out report from one year ago.  If you are a parent who has a child/children with extra learning support needs in British Columbia, we would love for you to take this short survey. The survey is focused on family experiences with public education in this province.  The survey will close on Friday, April 29, 2016. Take the survey HERE.

Burnaby’s  Spring/Summer 2016 Leisure Guide:  Register now for spring & summer activities. Find the leisure guide on the THINGS TO DO page or go to the new winter programs FLIPBOOK.

Summer Camp Guide 2016:  Camps for children with extra support needs, compiled by our friends at Simon Fraser Society for Community Living.  View the guide HERE.

Complex Child:  The April edition features stories on Caregiver Stress including a feature article on The Antidepressant Trap.  View the on-line magazine HERE.

Family Support Institute Spring Newsletter:  Full of inspiring stories and information for families who have family members with extraordinary needs. Read it HERE.

CBC Radio ~ Langley woman designs clothes for young girls who use wheelchairs:  The Jolie Hart fashion line consists of clothes with features such as welt openings or special types of pockets that are less restrictive when wearers are in a wheelchair, have a sensory processing disorder or are attached to tubes for feeding or for supplying oxygen.  Please visit THE WEBSITE to hear more about the clothing line.

EasyHold:  EazyHold™ is a silicone universal cuff that easily attaches to tools, toys and utensils.  It enables children and adults with limited or no grip strength to accomplish all the necessary acts of daily living.  The product is from the US so shipping is costly and you might want to combine orders with a friend to reduce the cost. Visit THE WEBSITE for more information.

BBC Radio 3 – The crisis in care:  Author and journalist Madeleine Bunting – in front of an audience at the British Academy – untangles the many definitions of ‘care’ we may encounter over the course of a life: who provides it, how it is organized and institutionalised, who pays for it. She also investigates the history and the politics of care which, however one comes to it, faces some huge challenges in the coming future. Listen to Episode One HERE

Ten medical expenses you didn’t know were tax deductible:  Still chipping away at your taxes? Don’t know which receipts you should be keeping? From the Globe’s Financial desk, some deductible expenses you might not be aware of and lots of links to resources to help you with your taxes.  Read the article HERE.  You can also see the full list of eligible medical expenses on the CRA site in a new easy-to-read guide.

Disability Alliance of BC Guide to Filing Income Taxes for People Receiving PWD/PPMB:  This Help Sheet will show how people receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) or Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit can prepare and submit an income tax return FOR FREE  over the internet.  Find the Help Sheet HERE.

TaxAid BC:  Tax Assistance and Information for People with Disabilities DABC (Tax AID DABC) is a new program offered by Disability Alliance BC (DABC).  Through this program, the DABC can assist people who are receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit or the Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit with simple income tax filings and information/referrals. Haven’t filed your taxes for years? Don’t worry, we can help.  Please visit THE WEBSITE  to learn more.

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
Carol Stinson: 604.763.5667
John Tsang: 604.928.8289
Sarah Baumbusch is on maternity leave and will return September 2016.

BACI Family Information and Support
Family Gathering Place
7716 Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5J 4K4
web: and

~ BACI News & Reminders for April 22, 2016 ~