Special News & Events


Lunar New Year Lion Dance

 Advocacy Committee

BACI’s Advocacy Committee is a group of family members, friends and self-advocates who work make Burnaby and British Columbia a more welcoming place for people with disabilities. You are invited to join our meeting this month to hear John McCulloch. John has several important roles as a family representative and advocate at Community Living BC. He is an advisor working on the Re-Imagining Community Inclusion Report for Minister Shane Simpson. Previously he worked on the CLBC/Inclusion BC  Inclusive Housing Plan. For more information or to RSVP contact Rachel Goddyn  at rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com or 778-386-4046
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19th, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Board Room, BACI’s Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby


 Ongoing Groups and Committees 


Special Olympics Training Camp

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, March 4th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, February 25th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

The next meeting is Saturday, Feb 9th.  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 February 25th 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 

Everyone is welcome to our meeting on Tuesday, Feb 19th at 5pm. John McCulloh will be joining us to speak about the inclusive housing plan recently launched by CLBC and InclusionBC . We want to learn about and support it. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee



Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 



Community Art Works – Making Masks

 Microboard Mingle

Vela is holding an informal get together.  Come talk about Microboards with other Microboards. Topics will include: staffing, stumbling blocks, advantages of having a Microboard, making funding ‘stretch’, finding and obtaining services, and more.  RSVP to Vela: 604-539-2488 ext. 3 or info@velacanada.org   
Saturday, February 9th, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds St, Burnaby

Buddy Club Weekly Event

In 2019 Buddy Club  is going to hold a weekly get-togethers as well as their monthly outing. Plans may change as the weather improves, but for now the events will be at the same time and  location each week. Buddy Club staffing is limited so if you need any 1:1 supports we encourage you to bring a friend, family member or support person with you. Click HERE to see upcoming events. For more information or to RSVP please contact Andra Brisbin:  abrisbin@posabilities.ca or 604-356-1877
WHEN: Thursdays 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: 321 6th Street, New Westminster (The location is accessible)

Tax Filing for People with Disabilities

Disability Alliance BC’s  Tax AID team has formed a new partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. To kick off the partnership, the team will present a “Tax Filing and Tips for People” workshop.
WHEN: Monday, February 11th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Vancouver Central Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver
They will also provide one-to-one tax filing services for individuals receiving disability benefits (PWD) at the Carnegie Branch, 401 Main St, Vancouver on Sat, March 9. Drop-ins welcome. For more details, please visit the Vancouver Public Library’s website 

ConnecTra’s Abilities Expo and Job Fair

The 2019 expo features more than 50 new and returning exhibitors. Come enjoy entertainment, food, and learn about all the ways the community is becoming more inclusive for people with physical disabilities. Guest speakers, fun activities and a social atmosphere all under one roof. This is the only event of its kind in Vancouver for the variety of information and activities. Everyone is welcome! See the ConnecTra WEBSITE for more information
WHEN: Thursday, February 14, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific) Vancouver

A Dam-Goode Friendship

Tina Dam and Barb Goode tell the story of how their friendship started, took root and grew into a strong deep love. This story will set the stage for a conversation about friendship, love, coming closer and letting go. Individuals with disabilities, families, friends and support staff are all welcome at this free event. RSVP to judy@spectrumsociety.org More information is available HERE.
WHEN: Friday, February 15th, 2019 1:00PM – 2:30PM
WHERE: Spectrum office, 3223 Kingsway, Vancouver
HOSTED BY: Spectrum Society and BC People First

Community Living BC at familyWORKS

Do you have questions about employment for your family member with a disability such as:
How can CLBC support someone with significant disabilities to find employment?
Can an individual move back and forth between employment services and community inclusion?
If my family member is getting employment services, but never actually getting a job, what can I do?
Come meet CLBC Quality Service Analysts Anita Prasad and Linda Dietsch at this workshop on how CLBC can help meet employment goals. See the POSTER for more information
WHEN: Thursday, February 21st, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE:Bonsor Recreation Centre,  6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby.

Upcoming Conferences


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Frost on Japanese Maple

Supreme Court Upholds Validity of a BC Woman’s Discretionary Trust

Canada’s highest court has ruled that a discretionary trust set up for a B.C. woman with a disability should not be considered an asset when determining her eligibility for housing assistance. The recent case involved a woman (“S.A.”) with disabilities who has resided in a subsidized housing complex since 1992.  When S.A.’s father passed away a third of her father’s estate was placed in a discretionary trust. This “asset” caused her to loose her housing subsidy. Read the whole story HERE and HERE

The Province Plans to Replace the Hall Towers in Edmonds. Will this New Burnaby Housing Project Meet the Needs of Disabled Residents?

The province is set to build new homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Burnaby, but a disabled writer says she’s concerned the new project won’t meet the community’s needs. Read the full story in the Burnaby Now.

Burnaby Teen Will Co-host the 53rd Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon

Bryan Hu, a student at Byrne Creek Secondary School, uses a hearing aid accessory provided by Variety Children’s Charity. This accessory helps Bryan hear better in noisy environments like school classrooms. Now Bryan will have a chance to help others.  “I want to do my part to raise a lot of money,” he says. The Burnaby Now has the complete story. 

Inclusive Education Awards

The annual Inclusive Education Awards are presented by Inclusion BC, Inclusive Education Canada and the Family Support Institute to recognize educators, administrators and schools who create or support unique opportunities that enrich inclusive educational experiences. If you would like to honour a remarkable educator in your life, click HERE to find out about the nomination process. 

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 Feb 7th, 2019