Special News & Events


Community Garden Registration

BACI has community gardens at 3 different locations in Burnaby. Plots are available at Still Creek, Filby Court and Edmonds House. Come out to our registration afternoon and plan to stay for 15 – 20 minutes to choose your plot and learn about garden expectations. Garden plots are $20.00 (a reduced fee may be arranged for individuals with a disability.) If you are interested in gardening with us contact garden co-ordinator Rachel Goddyn, 778-386-4046 or rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4th, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
WHERE: Cafeteria, BACI’s Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

BACI Member, Jake Anthony, to Star in Award Winning Play

Jake Anthony stars in SEQUENCE, a science thriller that explores the intersection of math, nature and spirituality. This production of SEQUENCE will be the first ever performed by an integrated cast, featuring two actors who live with a disability alongside two able-bodied actors. Read more in the Burnaby Now News Story. Tickets are $28 regular, $20 for people with disabilities, $20 for seniors, $15 for students and arts workers, on sale through 604-990-3474 or tickets.phtheatre.org
WHEN: March 14th  to 24th
WHERE: Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver.

 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, April 9th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, April 16th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

Please feel welcome to join this family networking group that helps to develop services and support for autistic persons. The next meeting is April 14th.  See THE POSTER for more information, or contact John Tsang at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca

BACI Self-Advocate Group

All self advocates are welcome to join the meeting on March 26th at 10:30 am at BACI’s Still Creek Centre. Please see THE FLYER for more information about the group.  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.  The next meeting will be April 17th. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee



Events of interest for Burnaby Families 


Brushing up on Painting Technique

Sip and Paint With PosAbilities

Unleash your inner Picasso. Your $30 ticket includes refreshments, snacks, supplies and all the instruction you’ll need to create your own masterpiece! Beginners are welcome. A cash bar and pizza by the slice will also be available. Proceeds from this event will go towards the annual INCLUSION Art Show & Sale. For more information or to RSVP, contact Justine at communications@posabilities.ca or 778-945-3344.
WHEN: Saturday April 14th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Pottery Works Studio, 612 Victoria St, New Westminster

Child and Youth Mental Health Eduction and Networking Session

This month the group will be watching a webinar on “Talking With Youth About Substance Use.” The group is facilitated by Graeme Partridge-David who is happy to mentor families and has a wealth of information to share. Please RSVP  at graeme.partridge-david@familysmart.ca  or 604-878-3400. The WEBPAGE has further details.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Boardroom, New Westminster Children’s Centre, 811 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Free Tax Clinics

Filing taxes is important for individuals with disabilities even if they have a low income. Filing enables people to receive the GST rebate /Low Income Climate Action Tax Credit. People who qualify for the Disability Tax Credit must file in order to receive a grant for their Registered Disability Savings Plan. They also may be able to transfer the unused portion of their Disability Tax Credit to a family member, even one they do not live with. The Canada Revenue Agency provides a list of FREE TAX CLINICS. As well help is available from Disability Alliance BC.

Supported Employment Information Session

At this month’s familyWORKS meeting James Miller, Manager of PosAbilities Supported Employment Services will be the guest speaker. PosAbilities has 5 different modules available each designed to assist individuals with disabilities with an aspect of securing and maintaining competitive employment. ​These modules are available for a fee to those who are not CLBC eligible. See THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 28th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Bonsor Recreation Complex, Upper Floor Meeting Room, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby

Leisure Fair 2018

Explore Lower Mainland recreation activities for children and youth with special needs. Representatives from many different sport groups, sleep away camps and theatre programs will be in attendance. The event is free and children are welcome. For more information contact Shixin Gao at sgao@develop.bc.ca  or go to the Facebook Page
WHEN: Tuesday, April 3rd, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Autism Community Training’s 14th Annual Focus on Research Conference

This 2 day conference examines the experience and perspectives of girls and women with autism, and looks at research, both current and future, that could improve their lives. Researchers are increasingly recognizing that autism affects women and girls differently and that diagnosis may well be delayed in females, reducing access to services, with implications for long-term mental health and employment prospects. For fees, registration information and web streaming information see the WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Thursday and Friday, April 5th and 6th
WHERE: SFU Downtown Campus, 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver,

Registered Disability Savings PlanWorkshop

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. Learn how to take advantage of this unique savings program that provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually.  These free workshops fill up quickly. If you are interested RSVP promptly at the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network WEBSITE.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th, 10:00 am – Noon
WHERE: #260-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver

AutismBC Burnaby Community Support Group

Come learn about Anxiety and Autism with Rubina Mangat. This month’s meeting takes a closer look at what anxiety is, how it impacts children with autism and the various approaches to help such as ABA, 1 on 1 counselling and group treatment. For more information about this meeting or to contact the group facilitator see the WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Friday, April 13th 10:00 am – 12 noon
WHERE: Studio #301 – 3701 East Hastings, Burnaby

InclusionBC Conference

The Inclusion BC Conference themed “Rise Up!” will be held from May 24-26 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna.  British Columbia’s premier learning event on intellectual disability, inclusion and human rights will feature a stellar slate of world-class keynote speakers, including: Samantha Nutt, Tomson Highway, Bree-Anna Robertson, Sally Armstrong and Symbia Barnaby. Early Bird Registration has now started. See THE WEBSITE for registration information, resort features and more.

Links of interest for Burnaby Families


BC Hospitals will Perform 900 More Dental Surgeries This Year

People with disabilities sometimes have to wait in pain for the dental care they need. Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that British Columbia hospitals will perform 900 more dental surgeries in the coming year to improve access to care for vulnerable children and adults. See the full story HERE.

United Airlines and Special Olympics International Team Up

United Airlines plans to train its 90,000 employees on how to make flying for individuals with intellectual disabilities a more pleasant experience. A significant portion of the training curriculum is being developed in conjunction with the folks at the Special Olympics. Read the news stories HERE and HERE.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Looks at the 2018 BC Budget

How does the 2018 BC Budget stack up when it comes to addressing issues important to people with disabilities? “Not that well,” says Michelle Hewitt, a Kelowna-based volunteer and advocate. She is the founder of the Central Okanagan Disability Coalition, a board member of Disability Alliance BC and a member of the MS Society BC & Yukon Government Relations committee. See the full analysis HERE.

CBC’s “Out In The Open” Presents the Story of Ido Kedar

Ido  who has non-verbal autism uses technology to communicate. “Communicating has enabled me to break free, to not be as trapped by my disability, to help others and to correct scientific understanding of non-speaking autism.” he says. “Communication is a basic human right.” Hear Ido’s story HERE.

Call For Artwork

Inclusion BC invites BC artists with intellectual disabilities to submit visual artwork and photography for their 2018 conference. The artwork will be used in the conference program and other materials. The winner will be announced on March 22. The artist whose work is chosen will receive a free conference registration or an equal cash honorarium for the use of the image. For more information and details, see THE WEBPAGE.

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Adapted Programs

While people with disabilities are encouraged to join any Burnaby Parks and Rec  program that appeals to them, a number of adapted programs are available. See THE WEBSITE or view THE ACCESS BROCHURE.

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 March 22nd, 2018