Special News& Events



Late summer flowers

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. You can attend all four or pick the one that interests you. For more information or to RSVP for any of the webinars, contact Rachel Goddyn at 778-386-4046 or rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com

Joint Ownership – The Good, the Bad and the Risky

Joint ownership of bank accounts, real estate, and vehicles is common for spouses. How is this different when a parent and child own property jointly? Learn about recent court cases that have led to new cautions about joint ownership. Find out the original intent of joint ownership and why it may not fit for today’s needs.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct 3rd, 7:00 pm –8:30 pm
WHERE: Multipurpose Room, 2nd floor, Bob Prittie Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby.

Tips For Making a Will – What happens if someone is not capable to make a Will?

Some people are considered not capable of making a Will due to the legal requirements. This may affect someone with a disability from birth. It can also affect an adult who put off making a Will and now has advanced dementia. How is their estate settled? For the majority of British Columbians who can make a Will, we’ll offer some tips and resources.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct 10th, 7:00 pm –8:30 pm
WHERE: Multipurpose Room, 2nd floor, Bob Prittie Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby.

The Myths and Realities of Planning

Learn about the essential legal planning documents in BC. We will discuss Representation Agreements, Enduring Power of Attorney and Wills. Representation Agreements can be made by individuals with an intellectual disability and will guarantee that the individual has someone to help and support their decision making. 
WHEN: Thursday, Oct 24th, 7:00 pm –8:30 pm
WHERE: Multipurpose Room, 2nd floor, Bob Prittie Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby.

Consent: What is the Law in BC for Health Care?

Consent is fundamental to encounters with the health care and residential care systems. There is lots of confusion about non-legal documents such as living wills and Do-Not-Resuscitate forms. Learn what IS law in BC.
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct 29th, 7:00 pm –8:30 pm *Note Date*
WHERE: Multipurpose Room, 2nd floor, Bob Prittie Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby


Shovels are in the Ground for BACI’s New Buildings

Demolition started yesterday on the site of BACI’s former Variety Child Care Centre beside Philby Court. A new child care centre and 15 units of affordable and inclusive housing will be built in its place. We’re very excited that progress is being made and look forward to the buildings’ completion in the Fall of 2020. Thanks to BC Housing, the City of Burnaby, and Ministry for Child and Family Development for their support on this innovative project.


BACI Annual General Meeting – Save The Date

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

 Ongoing Groups and Committees



Ben, who has autism, makes a high velocity splash

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 


Blackberries bloom by the Brunette River

Workin’ By Theatre Terrific

Theatre Terrific is a fully inclusive theatre company. They are presenting their latest production at the Fringe Festival. Workin’ addresses the personal and public value of work, the hierarchical status of different types of work, who works where, and why. What defines “something” as work and “something else” as not work? Each performance is 45 minutes long. See the Fringe Festival Program, page 57,  for complete show times
WHEN: Sept 6th – Sept 15th
WHERE: Woodward’s Atrium, 111 West Hastings St. Vancouver

Early Childhood Development Roundtable

First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable brings together early childhood advocates to monitor how public policy and investments are serving our youngest children. Participants share information on the state of services and supports in their local communities and on new developments in their fields of work. A Roundtable is held each month in Burnaby. Please RSVP to info@firstcallbc.org
WHEN: Wednesday, September 18th, 9:30 am–12:00 pm
WHERE:United Way of the Lower Mainland, 4543 Canada Way, Burnaby

How People with Disabilities Overcome Challenges and Create Wins out of Losses

In 1991, Anu Pala lost her vision due to a retinal detachment. Despite this setback, she has not allowed it to define her, but rather uses it to fuel her towards meaningful work-to inspire and educate the public into seeing ability rather than disability. In this workshop, Anu will discuss the challenges that people with disabilities face, debunk myths and stereotypes, and provide tips on promoting inclusion at home, work, and within the community. Tickets are $20.00 and are available HERE.
WHEN: Thursday, September 19th,  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Vancouver Community College, 1155 E Broadway, Vancouver

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

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group

Workshops and activities are presented primarily in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation. In September, Christine Hung (Autism Support and Resource Specialist) will present Transition from Elementary to Middle School for Students with ASD.  Please see THE FLYER for more information as well as the dates and topics of upcoming meetings. 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, Sept 30th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, Second Floor




Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Sue Murtaugh’s portrait of her son Alex. Alex who has autism loves to wear red.

In The News

Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization(CASDO)

CASDO is a new organization, established by the recently enacted Accessible Canada Act. It will develop accessibility standards for the federal jurisdiction, in collaboration with industry and the disability community. We would like to congratulate Kory L. Earle for being named a CASDO director. Korey is an advocate for persons with disabilities and the current President of People First of Canada. He has extensive lived experience and has focussed much of his efforts on helping to build a more inclusive education system for persons with intellectual disabilities. Read the full press release HERE.

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 August 22nd, 2019