Special News& Events



Autism Family Camp

Artists Helping Artists

Artists Helping Artists (AHA) is an art studio where individuals of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to come together to make art of all kinds! AHA is a BACI sponsored initiative that provides artists with studio space, affordable materials and the opportunity to pursue their aspirations concerning artistic expression. Registration is open to any person over the age of 16. Check out the AHA July Newsletter to see the new, exciting events that have been going on. 

BACI Annual General Meeting – Save The Date

BACI’s AGM will be held on Thursday, September 26. If you would like to submit nominations and/or resolutions for the BACI Board of Directors, please  e-mail tanya.sather@gobaci.com by July 5th.

Kudoz – A BACI Sponsored Initiative

Looking for something new to try this summer?  Kudoz is a catalogue of hundreds of splendid learning experiences for adults with cognitive disability. Members book experiences with hosts at a mutually agreed upon time.   Kudoz also holds social and learning events. Kudoz is free and has no wait list. Visit the WEBSITE or view upcoming events on the FACEBOOK page. This year BACI received a $40,000 grant from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to expand Kudoz to new communities around the province. 


 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 12th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, July 15th, 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


Chinese Cultural Heritage Festival

Come enjoy the Kids Zone, traditional Chinese music, song and dance, and the ever popular Water Splashing Festival. At the Dining Zone there will be vendors offering Chinese specialties. Four other zones offer opportunities to learn about available supplies and services. The theme this year will be the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. This WEBSITE has lots of details.
WHEN: Sunday, July 28th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby


 On The Spectrum Art Event

A non-profit organization RUSART Art and Culture is hosting an art show for special kids. Kids with autism will show their drawings and paintings, explain what is depicted there and how they created their artworks. All kids can participate in the arts and crafts stations to have fun and unleash their creativity. Mixed media, clay modelling, colouring, acrylic painting, collage and much more! If you know children who want to participate contact Elena at elena@rusart.ca or 604 366 1365. Click HERE for registration information and more.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 16th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Rusart Fine Arts Co. 200-733 6th Street, New Westminster

Spectrum Society Summer Picnic

Spectrum Society invites their friends and supporters to join their summer picnic. It will be a fun day of socializing, good food and sunshine. Classic picnic fare will be provided. Potluck contributions to share are most welcome. 
WHEN:Wednesday, July 17th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: John Hendry Park – Trout Lake – Picnic Gazebo, 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver

Canucks Autism Network Relay 4 Autism

The first-ever Relay 4 Autism invites families, supporters and the general public to walk/run/wheel around the Swangard Stadium track in support of Canucks Autism Network. Fundraisers will be walking, running or wheeling around the track according to the number of laps they have set for their fundraising goal. The relay will feature a 80s theme and everyone is encouraged to come in 80s themed attire.  This family-friendly outdoor event will feature carnival games, bouncy castles, food trucks, music, and a vendor marketplace. There is no shortage of activities and attractions for attendees to enjoy. Registration is not required to enjoy the festival grounds.
WHEN: Saturday, July 20th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby

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.

Learn to make spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread and Caesar salad. Cost is $2.00.  For more information or to RSVP please contact Teena at 604-317-5002
WHEN: Thursday, July 18th  4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: 321 6th Street, New Westminster (The location is accessible)

Join the Buddy Club at Playland. Meet up with the group at the Front Gate at 11 am. Bring $38 for entrance and rides (you can find $5-off discounts at 7-11, Save-On, Safeway or online.) Don’t forget extra money for food  or keepsakes. Call Teena at 604-317-5002 for more info.
WHEN: Thursday July 25th , 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Playland Gate, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Real Talk Pizza Party: Chat, eat and share ideas

LGBTQ folks with a cognitive disability (or folks with a cognitive disability who are questioning or curious about their gender and / or orientation) are invited to meet over some casual snacks in a LGBTQ friendly restaurant and participate in a conversation facilitated by a certified sexual health educator.  Click HERE for your free registration. 
WHEN: Wednesday, July 24th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Next to the Columbia Skytrain in New Westminster (full address given after registration)

Rare Disease Foundation Annual Picnic

The Rare Disease Foundation creates communities of patients, caregivers, health care providers, researchers and supporters, that work together to transform the lives of those living with rare disease. Their annual picnic is an afternoon of games and fun. To register click HERE.
WHEN: Sunday, July 28th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby



Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Giro Di Burnaby

Burnaby Mountain Golf Course Inclusive Employment Success Story

As a child, Chris Sayer was a familiar face around Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. His family took him there regularly to practice on the driving range, feed the ducks and have snacks in the kitchen. Little did they know those experiences would lead directly to his first job. Read all about Chris and his success as a dishwasher HERE.

Community Living BC’s New Home Sharing Rates

In February the BC Government announced new funding to support an increase in CLBC’s home sharing rates. CLBC has now revised its home sharing rate structure effective April 1, 2019, to increase all rates and add three new levels to better reflect the range of support needs.This DOCUMENT gives details of the new rates and how the increase will be applied to existing contracts.

Artist Registration Open for INCLUSION Art Show

The 15th Annual INCLUSION Art Show & Sale is on October 10 from 10:30am- 8:30pm at Heritage Hall in Vancouver. If you are or know of an artist with diverse abilities, join in spreading the word that registration is open! Artists of all ages are encouraged to register as independents or through the agencies that support them. Click HERE for information. Deadline: September 15.

Burnaby Parks and Recreation’s Spring and Summer Access Service Guide Now Available

Explore specialized and adapted programs in the Access Service Guide.  People with disabilities are also welcome to consider any program in the general Leisure Guide that interests them. Support by a staff or an access volunteer may be available. Contact the access coordinator at 604-297-4576 to facilitate support.Registration for spring and summer programs is now open.

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 July 11th, 2019