Special News& Events


 BACI Start of Summer Barbecue

Love a great BBQ? Come enjoy great music, free food and entertainment — from mask-making and face painting to mendhi artists and other surprises. Everyone is welcome to this superhero-themed event! Please note that there will be no parking on site, except for people with wheelchairs. Shuttle busses will run from the 8 Rinks parking lot.
WHEN: Friday, June 21st, 11:00 am. – 2:00 pm.
WHERE: Still Creek Centre Parking Lot, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

BACI Youth Summer Camp

Registration is now open for summer camp. Enjoy arts, recreation and day trips plus plenty of opportunities to socialize. This camp is open to Burnaby and New Westminster youth 13 -18 years of age who are MCFD -CYSN  funded. Camp costs $60.00 per week, and all participants must have a Compass Card as the camp will be using transit daily. More information can be found on THE POSTER or from Jen Ghioda at jen.ghioda@gobaci.com
WHEN: July 2 – August 23, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00

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.

 Ongoing Groups and Committees


Midsummer Festival at Burnaby’s Scandinavian Centre

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, July 8th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, June 17th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

This group will not be meeting 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

All self advocates are welcome to join the meeting on June 24th 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 

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 is on Sunday, June 23rd. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee

Events of Interest for Burnaby Families



Artists from Garth Homer Society at 2019 Access Day Celebration in Victoria

Burnaby Chalk Art Experience

Dive into the world of chalk art!  Watch local and international street painters create masterful chalk art as they transform the pavement into a colourful gallery surrounded by live music, food trucks, face painting and more! Free for all ages. Click HERE for a full schedule of musical performances and events.
WHEN: Saturday, June 15th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby

The Care Gap: Addressing the Imbalance of Invisible Work

Join Metro YWCA for a panel discussion on unpaid care which will examine the link between gender roles and the unequal distribution of caregiving, discuss the invisible work that often falls on women and unpack how it affects their lives. To register or for more information see the WEBSITE.
WHEN:  Wed, June 19th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Thousands of people visit the Scandinavian Community Centre every year to celebrate the traditions and festivities of Scandinavian Midsummer. Come see a Viking village, singers from the Copenhagen Royal Opera and the wife carrying contest.  Tickets are $10.00 for 2 days of activities and there is free parking on site. See the WEBSITE for more details.
WHEN: Sat. June 22nd, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sun. June 23rd, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St, Burnaby

Disabled Community Connection Network

Disabled Community Connection Network (DCCN) is a monthly communication and information group for people of all ages (16+) with any disability.  This group is facilitated by and for people with disabilities. This month’s meeting will be about being a parent when you have a disability. Speaker Gary Birch of Neil Squire foundation will share his experiences. To register or for more information contact Lauren Stinson at 604-904-4088 or l.stinson@nsdrc.org
Thursday, June 20th, 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
The North Shore Disability Resource Centre, 3158 Mountain Hwy, North Vancouver

Special Olympics BC hosts a Family Health Forum

The Family Health Forum will help families prepare healthy meals and snacks together, with a focus on promoting independence in the kitchen and choosing healthier options. Participants will make lunch and enjoy eating together upon completion. The event will welcome families with a minimum of one caregiver and one individual with an intellectual disability. All participants must be ages seven and up. Please RSVP by June 20 to SOBC Health & Engagement Coordinator Sarah Russell by email or by phone at 604-737-3081.
WHEN: Thursday, June 27th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Killarney Seniors Centre, 6260 Killarney St, Vancouver

Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) Pilot Program

In partnership with the Disability Foundation, March of Dimes Canada’s Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) pilot program is coming to Vancouver. The L.I.F.E. program helps young adults with disabilities make the transition to greater independence by providing new skills and hands-on opportunities for growth and development, including goal-setting,​ life skills, financial literacy and much more. Cost is $5/day.​ Personal care (assistance with toileting and meals) is included. To register for the L.I.F.E. program, each applicant must have a disability, be able to direct his or her own care and be between the ages of 18–30. See the WEBSITE for more information.
WHEN: July 8th – July 19th

Summer Activities 2019

Check out THIS LIST of activities and camps for kids compiled by our friends at Kinsight.  As well there is a list of summer activities on Autism Community Training’s WEBSITE.


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Aqua Bus at False Creek

BRIGHT Coaching

BRIGHT Coaching connects families on wait lists for developmental services and assessments with:

  • Resources on what to expect and how to be proactive with their child’s skill development.
  • Connections to other families so they can share experiences and knowledge.
  • A coach who has been trained to help guide and support families with a child on the wait list. Coaching sessions are done by phone.

If your child is between 1 ½ and 4 ½ years old, you may be eligible to take part! Learn more HERE.

Accessible, Affordable Wilderness Retreat

Abilitas Foundation operates Cold Water Ranch Lodge near Merritt BC. Cold Water Ranch Lodge is a beautiful retreat where people with disabilities can vacation for up to four days between March and December every year. Guests pay only a modest fee to cover the booking, cleaning and maintenance of the facility. Any person with a disability can bring their family or support network to stay in a private bedroom pod for a nominal cost. Learn more on the WEBSITE.

In The News: “Cornered: Canadian schools reach a turning point in use of seclusion rooms for children with disabilities”

An in-depth story from The Globe and Mail covers school seclusion.” Across Canada, some classrooms choose to isolate pupils with autism or other complex needs when they act out – sometimes with traumatic results. Now provinces, parents and educators are reviving a debate about how to balance discipline with dignity”

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 June 13th, 2019