Special News & Events


Abbotsford Air Show

BACI’s Community Garden Harvest Fest

It is time to celebrate our community garden boxes and the wonderful food they have produced. Everyone is welcome to share and help. We will be making a fruit salad with local seasonal fruit and painting a banner for our garden.  If you would like to volunteer or for more information contact Rachel Goddyn at 778-386-4046 or rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com 
WHEN: Friday, September 7th  12:30 pm – 2:00 pm 
WHERE: BACI Still Creek Cafeteria and Large Ed Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby 

BACI’s Annual General Meeting

Save the date. BACI’s 62nd AGM is coming up. Join us while we celebrate this year’s achievements.  A light dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. To become a BACI Member, or to renew your membership prior to the AGM, please go here.
WHEN:  Thursday, September 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (dinner at 6 pm).
WHERE:  BACI Still Creek, Large Education Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

 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, August 13th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, August 20th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

Summer Break

The BACI Chinese Parent Support Group, the BACI Self-Advocate Group and the BACI Advocacy Committee do not meet during the summer. See the Family Services WEBSITE for more information about these groups. 


Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 


Special Olympics USA

BC Epilepsy Society Mini Dance Fest

Come out to a fun, free event to support the BC Epilepsy Society – a Mini Dance Fest with performances by SFU Bollywood, SFU Hip Hop and Panwiberry, amongst others!  All are invited to watch entertaining performances by talented dancers, win free swag, learn about epilepsy and help raise awareness. See the WEBSITE for more information
Friday, August 10th 12:30 pm – 1:3o pm @ Science World, 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Friday, August 10th 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm @ Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St., Vancouver

The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF)

VOAF offers visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning. The 3-day free festival includes individual artists as well as organizational partners, workshops for artists and the public, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside live art and other performance forms. See THE WEBSITE for more information.
WHEN: Fri., August 10th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sat. August 11th and Sun. August 12th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Summer Events in Burnaby

Take advantage of the warm weather and long evenings to get out to some of the many events City of Burnaby is sponsoring.  Burnaby’s popular Roots + Blues Festival will be held on Saturday August 11th at Deer Lake Park. On Wednesday August 15th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm the RCMP Musical Ride will be held at Swangard Stadium. And the Willingdon Community Fair is on Thursday, August 16th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. See THE WEBPAGE for a full listing of events. 

Non-Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours

Autism Community Training (ACT) provides a wide-range of autism-related training to parents and professionals. An upcoming event of interest is Non-Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours. This one-day workshop will focus on how to manage behaviours of concern using a low arousal approach, developed by Dr. McDonnell to help support personnel in schools and group homes  manage ‘highly aroused’ and stressed individuals. The emphasis will be on verbal and nonverbal strategies to de-escalate crisis situations. Note that regular rates end August 10th. Cost $200.00 Bursaries are available. Register HERE.
WHEN: Friday, August 24th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
WHERE: By Web Steaming or at SFU Downtown Campus,  Room 1900 (Fletcher Theatre),  515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Rare Disease Foundation Family Picnic and BBQ

An afternoon of fun, food, games and carousel rides. This is an opportunity for the Rare Disease Foundation family, researchers, health care workers, supporters, adults and children to get together for a fun filled afternoon. Please RVSP by August 14th at THIS LINK.
WHEN: Sunday, August 26th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Burnaby Village Heritage Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture Hootenanny

There is no better time than the present for a Hootenanny! Kickstart is bringing together a group of musicians, all who identify as living with a disability, for an evening of music, peace, and inclusion. Join Jim Byrnes, Carole Cote, Digger Dan, Jerry Shallow, and Howard Naylor while they perform music and songs about peace and social justice that will lift your spirits and renew your faith in humanity. Tickets are $10.00. For more information and to learn how to buy tickets see the WEBSITE. 
WHEN: Friday, August 31st, 8:00 pm
WHERE: The Culture Lab at The Cultch, 1895 Venebles St, Vancouver

Inclusive Communities Forum

The Canadian Disability Participation Project will be hosting an Inclusive Communities Forum.  This event will be an opportunity to discuss about barriers and facilitators for mobility and participation in the community with a focus on solutions and priorities.  Presentations include videos, an exhibit showcasing photos taken by mobility device users around North Vancouver, Vancouver and New Westminster. You will have an opportunity to engage in a dialogue through an interactive game about mobility and participation. Click HERE to RSVP. 
WHEN: Wednesday, September 19th 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm OR 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Segal Centre (1400) – SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

BCEdAccess Third Annual Advocacy Conference and AGM

BCEdAccess is a group of parents who have come together as a result of their shared determination to ensure equitable access to education for children who have special needs in the Province of British Columbia. Registration is now open for their advocacy conference and annual general meeting. Parents, guardians and allies of students with special needs are all invited. This year there will be full day of workshops for parents, guardians and allies of students with special needs. For registration information click HERE.
WHEN: Saturday , October 6, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Surrey City Hall Centre Stage,  13450 – 104 Avenue, Surrey

19th Annual Self Advocacy Leadership Retreat

This year’s event takes place on October 19 – October 21 at a new location called Camp Luther Retreat Centre located in Mission, BC. Save the date and see the WEBSITE for more information


Links Of Interest To Burnaby Families 


Dogwood: BC’s Floral Emblem

B.C. Moves Toward a Provincial Accessibility Legislation

Minster of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Shane Simpson is committed to bringing Accessibility Legislation to BC and will start consultations this fall. Simpson said his first priority will be to understand what his government and people with disabilities want to accomplish. From the discussions he has had so far he knows that access to employment is a significant issue. The Vancouver Sun interviewed some advocates to hear what advice they have for the minister.


Inclusion BC Expresses Concern About the End of Greyhound Bus Service in BC

Inclusion BC was disappointed to hear of Greyhound’s decision to cancel all routes in BC. In a letter to the Hon. Clarie Travena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Inclusion BC expressed our concern about the impact this will have on people with intellectual disabilities who use the service on a regular basis. The Minister responded to our letter saying she is “committed to working as quickly as possible to look at how we can ensure people have access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation options.” The Province of Alberta announced today new bus routes connecting rural Alberta communities to fill the gap left by Greyhound. We are hopeful that BC will also come up with a timely solution. 

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Programs

Registration for most Fall and Winter 2018 programs starts on August 15th. The ACCESS BROCHURE lists adapted and accessible programs. Individuals with disabilities can also sign up for programs listed in the LEISURE GUIDE.  Individuals with a disability 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 9th, 2018