Special News & Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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 email@example.com
WHEN: Saturday, February 9th, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
WHERE: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
WHERE: 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 email@example.com 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.
- 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – March 6th – 9th
- From the Outside Looking In… – Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering will take place in Victoria- March 27th – 29th
- BC EdAccess – Equitable Access to Education Advocacy Conference – March 29th and 30th
- 32nd Canadian Down Syndrome Conference will take place in Victoria – May 10th to 12th
- Inclusion 2019, InclusionBC’s Annual Learning Event will take place in Victoria – May 23rd – 25th
Links of Interest to Burnaby Families
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.