*TONIGHT* BACI’s 60th Anniversary Open House: We hope you join us for this great celebration — featuring good food, refreshments, entertainment & exciting auction items! Tour our Still Creek building & learn about all that BACI has to offer.  Everyone is welcome to attend this highlight of our 60th year! Be sure to RSVP to or 604.299.7851 by September 23! Please view THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN:  Thursday, October 6, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
WHERE:  Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland 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, October 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby.

Family Governance and Disability, An evening with Janet Klees:  In Celebration of Community Living month and in partnership with the Simon Fraser Community Council, this session will explore ways to draw on and draw out the power of families coming together in a principled, committed framework that will stand the test of time and circumstance.  Please view THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Sunday, October 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
WHERE:  Large Education Room, Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby
RSVP:  Please RSVP to by October 16.

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 e-mail:
WHEN:  Monday, October 24, 10:30 am – Noon
WHERE:  Boardroom, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby 

BACI Halloween Party:  Join us for a Spooktacular party! Wear your costume and enjoy free pizza, drinks, dancing and treats!
WHEN:  Thursday, October 27, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
WHERE:  Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby

Wills, Trusts & Estates Workshop:  Is it time to rethink your will?  Is it time to write your will?  Would you like to learn more about creating a trust for your son or daughter with a disability?  Our speaker, Ken Kramer BBA, LLB is a specialist in creating wills and trusts that protect the interests of people with disabilities.  It is not necessary to RSVP but if you would like more information please contact Rachel Goddyn:  (Cell) 778.386.4046
WHEN:  Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE:  Large Education Room, Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Senior Committee Fall Luncheon: Hosted by the BACI Seniors Committee and Outreach Department, for all our seniors, their sons and daughters, friends and supporters.  Come join us for a warm lunch and goodies.
WHEN:  Sunday, November 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  Don’t forget you have to turn your clock back one hour the night before!
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 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 7, 6:00  – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby. *Watch for a possible change of  location in the fall*

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 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (NOTE date change because of Remembrance Day long weekend)
WHERE:  Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby.

KUDOZ:   Kudoz is a catalogue of hundreds of splendid learning experiences for folks with cognitive disability to learn, grow, and develop a better understanding and awareness about themselves. Find out more about KUDOZ, a BACI hosted and sponsored initiative, at THE WEBSITE and view upcoming events at THE FACEBOOK page.

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:  


17th Annual Self-Advocate Leadership Institute: To learn more about self-advocacy, safety, rights, healthy relationships and how to become leaders in your own Community.  Please visit the WEBSITE for more information on the Insitute and to find a link to registration.  If you have any questions, please contact the Coordinator Gregg Schiller at 604.688.7001 or by e-mail at:
WHEN:  Friday, October 7, 5:00 pm to Sunday,  October 9, 1:30 pm
WHERE:  Edenvale Retreat and Conference Centre, 4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
COST:  $250 (includes accommodations) or $125 if you are not staying at the Conference Centre (meals and conference only)

NIDUS Workshops: NIDUS is hosting Free Personal Planning webinars this fall to cover all aspects of planning from health to finance.  You can participate from the comfort of your own home.  There will be time for questions at the end of each session.  Check out the full line-up of offerings and register at the WEBPAGE.
WHEN:  October 19 & 26, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE:  Comfort of your own home – you will need to download a small program to your computer to participate.

Family Focus Conference 2016:  The Value of One; The Power of Many.  Family Focus conferences bring together family members, self advocates, service providers, community partners and friends together to share their experiences, to learn and celebrate coming together and supporting one another. Please visit THE WEBSITE for more information on the conference content.  **BACI has a fund to support families with early bird registration.**   Please contact Rachel Goddyn if you are interested at or 778.386.4046.
WHEN:  October 21 – 23
WHERE:  Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond.

Burnaby familyWORKS : We believe in a community that uses the knowledge and social capital of families to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. Please visit THE WEBSITE for more information and meetings in other locations.
WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Room 104, Shadbolt Centre , 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
TOPIC:  Dreams
RSVP: For more information, or to RSVP please contact Bob Kashyap, 604.944.7441 or

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group: CCM Centre has been serving the Burnaby community since September 2000.  Workshops / activities are primarily presented in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation.  Please see the ENGLISH FLYER or CHINESE FLYER for more information. You may also be interested in the MINISTRY PAMPHLET which outlines their goals.
WHEN:  Monday, October 31 , 10:15 am – NOON
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 KingswayBurnaby, Second Floor
TOPIC:   Communication and learning, presented by the Autism Society.  Please contact Mable Law for more information 604-877-8606 ext 244 or

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 or THE FALL 2016 FLYER for future dates and topics.
TOPIC:  CLBC  – Who they are and how they work.    
WHEN:  Saturday, November 5, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
WHERE:  West Side – Vancouver Resource Society, 2006 West 10th Ave. (one block east of Arbutus)
RSVP:  An RSVP is requested as food will be served. Please contact Liz & Yuko at

Visions for a Great Life Conference:  If you have a son or daughter who has a disability and is beginning to think about life after high school, this event is for you!  Join us for a FREE full-day conference, featuring workshops throughout the day for youth and families, lunch, and an opportunity to connect with others and learn about community resources centred on New West and the Tri-Cities.
WHEN:  Saturday, November 5, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
WHERE:  Dogwood Pavilion, 1655 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam
REGISTRATION:  Please visit THE WEBSITE to find our more information and to register.

Federal Government – Consulting with Canadians on Accessibility:  Between July 2016 and February 2017, the government of Canada will be consulting with Canadians on planned accessibility legislation.  Find out more about the initiative and how you can participate HERE.  There will be an in-person session in Vancouver in November.
WHEN:   Saturday, November 26, 2:00 – 5:30pm
WHERE:   West Meeting Rooms 109 & 110,Vancouver Convention Center, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
RSVP:   To RSVP or for more information please contact the Office for Disability Issues:  1-844-836-8126 or

Simon Fraser Society Parent Support and Coffee Group:  Please come and join us for a morning cup of java & muffins and a chance to connect and network with other parents who have children with extra support needs. This location is two minutes off the freeway in Coquitlam and is very handy for Burnaby families.  Please see THE POSTER for more detailed information.
WHEN:  Wednesday November 30, 9:30am – 11:30am
WHERE:  Simon Fraser Society for Community Living, 204 Blue Mountain Street, Coquitlam (southwest corner of Lougheed & Blue Mountain, parking at rear of building)
RSVP:  For more information or to RSVP please contact Ann-Marie McGee or 604-528-3950 ext. 312

Links of Interest:

Education Advocacy Resource List:  Nice list of links to resources for parents who are advocating for inclusive education.  Find the list HERE.

Parent advocates decry BC government funding for select special needs private schools as elitist and segregatory:  Read the whole news release HERE.

Burnaby’s  Fall/Winter 2016 Leisure Guide:  Registration for most fall programs started August 10.  Find the leisure guide on THE WEBSITE.

Parenting with a disability:  Great blog post from Halldor Bjarnason on how his life has changed when he became a father.  “…a child becomes a contributor surprisingly early on in life – a long time before you would believe it possible.” Read the whole post at THE BLOGSITE.

Vehicle Modification tax rebate petition (House of Commons E-petition 433):  We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to amend the wording of B-086 — Rebate for specially-equipped vehicles for persons with disabilities to be inclusive to all who can’t get into or out of a vehicle without an assistive device, whether the person be using a wheelchair or not.  You can sign the petition at the government WEBSITE.

*UPDATED* Transitions Checklist:  From our friends at Simon Fraser Society, a comprehensive checklist of things to do to support your child with special needs as they transition to adult services, including all the important links.  Find the list HERE.

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 & Reminders for October 6, 2016 ~