Special News& Events



Qmmittee is a new committee at BACI. Their goals is to promote awareness  and inclusion for LGTBQ people at BACI and in the wider community.  Qmmittee is a space where everyone is welcome to work toward the common goal. Qmmittee is inviting the BACI community to join them at the  Burnaby Pride Celebrations. Help with transportation can be arranged. For more information e-mail qmmittee@gobaci.com or phone/text Mischa at 604-842-5111
WHEN: Saturday, August 10th, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Jubilee Ave. between Nelson Ave. and Imperial St.


BACI Annual General Meeting – Save The Date

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

Kudoz – In the News

Kudoz host Jim Hobbs speaks to CBC’s Early Edition anchor person Stephen Quinn about how he shares his love of carpentry. This STORY is part of the “Getting what you Give” series. Kudoz, a BACI sponsored initiative,  is a catalogue of learning experiences for adults with cognitive disability. Members book experiences with hosts at a mutually agreed upon time.   Kudoz also holds social events. Kudoz is free and has no wait list. Visit the WEBSITE or the FACEBOOK page. 



 Ongoing Groups and Committees



Eva spending time with her Aunt

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, August 12th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, August 19th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

There are no meetings in July and August.  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

 The Self-Advocate Group will meet again in Sept. 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 in Sept

For more information see  Advocacy Committee

Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 

Sunflower Festival

Two sunflower festivals are now open. Visitors can enjoy many types of sunflowers as well as dahlias and other farm related fun. Visit Richmond Country Farms for Richmond’s first sunflower festival. Or travel to Chilliwack farm country to see acres of flowers at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival.

Disabled Independent Gardeners Association Edibles Workshop

DIGA, the Disabled Independent Gardeners Association, helps overcome barriers to gardening faced by people with disabilities. This month they are hosting  a workshop on edible wild plants found in Vancouver including how to harvest them, ways to cook them, and nutrition (and there will the a change to eat!).
WHEN: Tuesday, August 13, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Creekside Community Centre, Multipurpose Room 2, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

Buddy Club Events

“Meet a Buddy, Bring a Buddy, Be a Buddy” at these gatherings for people with a disability. Buddy Club staffing is limited so if you need any 1:1 supports you are encouraged to bring a support person with you. Buddy Club meets once a week in an accessible location in New Westminster. The see August’s schedule click HERE. For more information or to RSVP please contact Teena at 604-317-5002

Community Living BC – Welcome Workshops

CLBC’s series of 4 Welcome Workshops  are designed to to help people feel better informed, more connected to other families and their community, and understand what to expect from adult services. Each workshop is led by an individual already receiving CLBC supports, a family member and a CLBC staff member. Burnaby’s CLBC office will be holding Welcome Workshops this fall, likely in October. People interested in attending should contact Bryan Oulton at bryan.oulton@gov.bc.ca

posAbilities’ Picnic in the Park

posAbilities invites friends and supporters to join them for food, music, and celebration with the beautiful people of posAbilities. Whip up a yummy potluck dish and head over to the park for some BBQ and bonding. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pam Balog at 778-945-3354 or pbalog@posAbilities.ca
WHEN: Thursday, August 22nd, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Central Park, 6110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby

Vancouver Adapted Music Society Strong X Concert Series

Vancouver Adapted Music Society supports and promotes musicians with physical disabilities in Metro Vancouver. They operate Canada’s only fully-accessible recording studio, release CDs, create music videos, and promote concerts. Come hear two talented VAMS  musicians Brandon Wilkinson and Digger Dan perform their own music and covers. Tickets by donation. For more information, dates of other concerts or to RSVP click HERE. 
WHEN: Thursday, August 22nd, Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30pm
WHERE: CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St, Vancouver.

Upcoming Conferences

BC Ed Access Society  serves families of students with disabilities and complex learners in BC. Their primary goal is to promote equitable access to education for all students.  Join them for AdvoCon 2019 on Oct 18th and 19th. Proposals for workshops and speakers are now being accepted. 

The 20th Annual Self Advocacy Leadership Conference will feature workshops and networking opportunities for self advocates. It will be run from 4:00 pm on Friday November 1st – noon on Sunday November 3rd at the beautiful Camp Luther Retreat Centre in Mission. Tickets are $270.00



Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Warming up for Challenger Baseball

In The News

CLBC’s Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES Magazine – Summer 2019

The theme for this edition of Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES is about what independence looks and feels like to people with diverse abilities and the different paths people take to gain independence in their lives. Read positive stories from people all around our province. 

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

Registration for most Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 programs starts on August 14th.  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 8th, 2019