Special News & Events


Join Team BACI for the Walk/Wheel Burnaby & New West Challenge

Everyone working or living in Burnaby and New Westminster is encouraged to participate in this month long challenge by tracking daily walking minutes. If you use a wheelchair, track your wheeling time. The goal is to wheel or walk at least 30 minutes a day. Research shows that increasing your level of exercise, even a little bit, shows significant benefits to health and well being.  Join in by signing up for Team BACI.  We will see how many walking/wheeling minutes our staff, people we serve, friends and family can collect. Click HERE for registration information and more details. 
WHEN: April 9th – May 11th


BACI Website Has A New Look

Check out BACI’s refreshed and undated website at gobaci.com  

 BACI Senior’s Committee and Outreach Department Spring Tea

You are invited to join us for the Senior’s Committee and Outreach Department Spring Tea. We will be serving a light lunch followed by scones from Valley Bakery served with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Entertainment will be provided by our talented members. Please RSVP to Ilona 604-561-0793 or Bridget 604-942-0793. For more details see THE POSTER.
WHEN: Sunday, April 29th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Large Ed Center, Still Creek, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Community Gardens

Come garden with us!  BACI has community gardens at 3 different locations in Burnaby. Plots are available at Still Creek, Filby Court and Edmonds House.  Each plot is 4 feet by 8 feet. The cost is $20.00 per year. To join contact garden co-ordinator Rachel Goddyn, 778-386-4046 or rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com


 Ongoing Groups and Committees 



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, April 9th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

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


BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

Please feel welcome to join this family networking group that helps to develop services and support for autistic persons. The next meeting is April 14th.  See THE POSTER for more information, or contact John Tsang at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca

BACI Self-Advocate Group

All self advocates are welcome to join the meeting on April 26th at 10:30 am at BACI’s Still Creek Centre. 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 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.  The next meeting will be April 17th. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee



Events of interest for Burnaby Families 



Ducklings in VanDusen Gardens

AutismBC Burnaby Community Support Group

Come learn about Anxiety and Autism with Rubina Mangat. This month’s meeting takes a closer look at what anxiety is, how it impacts children with autism and the various approaches to help such as ABA, 1 on 1 counselling and group treatment. For more information about this meeting or to contact the group facilitator see the WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Friday, April 13th 10:00 am – 12 noon
WHERE: Studio #301 – 3701 East Hastings, Burnaby

Sip and Paint With PosAbilities

Unleash your inner Picasso. Your $30 ticket includes refreshments, snacks, supplies and all the instruction you’ll need to create your own masterpiece? Beginners are welcome. A cash bar and pizza by the slice will also be available. Proceeds from this event will go towards the annual INCLUSION Art Show & Sale. For more information or to RSVP, contact Justine at communications@posabilities.ca or 778-945-3344.
WHEN: Saturday April 14th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Pottery Works Studio, 612 Victoria St, New Westminster

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group

This month’s topic is Speech Therapy FAQ’s with Fiona Hui. Workshops and activities are presented primarily in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation.  Please see THE FLYER 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 mlaw@ccmcanada.org
WHEN:  Monday, April 16th , 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, Second Floor

Square Pegs Society Presents “Are There Supports I Am Eligible For?”

Sam Turcott, Director of the Advocacy Access Program at Disability Alliance BC will explain various provincial and federal disability support programs such as Persons With Disabilities benefits and the Disability Tax Credit. He will provide information on the benefits of each program, the eligibility requirements, and how to apply.  Disability Alliance BC can support people through the application process. For more information see THE POSTER
WHEN: Thursday, April 19th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: VanCity South Burnaby, 5064 Kingsway, Burnaby (Do not use the VanCity underground parking lot)

Self Employment Information Session

For many people with a disability self employment is the ideal way to work. Self employment lets people follow their passions and interests and offers flexibility in work hours and location. This month familyWORKS hosts Annette Burrows, a specialist in self employment for people with disabilities. Annette has wide ranging experience. She serves on the board of The Canadian Association for Supported Employment and leads the Mentorability project in BC. For further details see the event POSTER
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Bonsor Recreation Complex, Upper Floor Meeting Room, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby

Stage Door Theatre Presents Pirates and Lovers

A tale of romance, action and adventure, this play is bound to get you hooked on the magic of theatre and the fascinating world of pirates. Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the door. Call 604-872-1252 for more information. Click here to see the poster.
WHEN:  April 24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, 3 – Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Heritage Hall (Back Entrance) , 3102 Main St, Vancouver

Sexual Health and Relationship Education for All Learners

Nicky Waring of Ready Relate Education will be partnering with community living organizations around the Lower Mainland to offer several workshop series this spring. There are workshops for young adults and for teens. Learn more at Ready Relate Education. 

Disability Alliance BC’s Second Snack and Chat: Learn Basic Budgeting

Learn about Basic Budgeting with an expert from VanCity. Lunch will be provided. To register call Val at 604-875-0188 or e-mail feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org. Check out the Disability Alliance BC’s Newsletter for more details. 
When: Friday April 27th, 12:30-2:00 pm
Where: #204-456 West Broadway, Vancouver

Registered Disability Savings PlanWorkshop

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. Learn how to take advantage of this unique savings program that provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually.  These free workshops fill up quickly. If you are interested RSVP promptly at the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network WEBSITE.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 8th, 10:00 am – Noon
WHERE: #260-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver

InclusionBC Conference

The Inclusion BC Conference themed “Rise Up!” will be held from May 24-26 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna.  British Columbia’s premier learning event on intellectual disability, inclusion and human rights will feature a stellar slate of world-class keynote speakers, including: Samantha Nutt, Tomson Highway, Bree-Anna Robertson, Sally Armstrong and Symbia Barnaby. Early Bird Registration has now started. See THE WEBSITE for registration information, resort features and more.

Links of interest for Burnaby Families


Music Therapy

Woodlands Survivors Left Out of Previous Settlement Promised Compensation

We are exited to share the news that after years of advocacy by Woodlands survivors, their friends and supporters, justice is on its way. Provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that everyone who lived at Woodlands before 1974 — the year that it became legal to sue the provincial government — will receive $10,000 in compensation. See news coverage HERE and HERE


Burnaby School District EA Shortage Leads to In-House Diploma Program

School age children who need extra supports have been asked to stay home from school or have missed out on activities because of a shortage of educational assistants. Burnaby School District is hoping to address this by holding their own EA training program. The Burnaby Now story has details. The CBC story also reports on EA working conditions. 

Long Waits for New Wheelchairs Frustrate BC Residents. 

CBC News covers the story of individuals waiting up to 9 months for wheelchair funding from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. Advocate Glenda Hyatt speaks eloquently about her struggle and isolation. Read the full story HERE.

New Webinar on Representation Agreement and Adult Guardianship

The Family Support Institute has a variety of informative webinars available at their website. These free informative videos are a great introduction to the information parents and families need for future planning. Check out the newest webinar Representation Agreement and Adult Guardianship with Ken Kramer and Sarah Watson HERE.

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.

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 April 5th, 2018