Special News & Events


Spring Crocus

BACI’s Spring Break Camp

This camp will provide art, recreation and social activities for youth 12 to 18 years old who live in Burnaby or New Westminster and are Ministry of Child and Family Development CYSN eligible. The cost is $60.00 a week. If you are interested in joining the fun contact Jen Ghioda at jen.ghioda@gobaci.com or see the POSTER for more information. 
WHEN: March 18th – 22nd and March 25th – 29th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: #100 – 3755 Banff Ave, Burnaby

BACI Community Garden Sign-Up

BACI has community gardens at 2 locations in Burnaby. Plots are available at Still Creek and Edmonds House. Everyone is welcome to come out to our registration afternoon. Plan to stay for 20 – 30 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: Thursday, April 4th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Large Ed Centre, BACI’s Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby


 Ongoing Groups and Committees 


Reading at the Burnaby Library

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 1st, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, March 11th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

The next meeting is Saturday, March 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 March 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 

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 Tuesday, March 26th. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee



Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 



Burnaby Mountain Park – Playground of the Gods

Wills, Trusts and Estates Planning Webinar

How do you arrange your estate to support and protect your family member with a disability? Becoming well-informed about wills, trusts and estate planning is necessary to secure the financial future of your loved one with a disability and give you peace of mind. British Columbians can now access Plan Institute’s highly successful Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop online for a cost of $25.00. In this webinar, estate-planning attorney Brendan Pooran explains how to arrange your estate, prepare a will, and the various ins and outs of setting up a trust specifically for your relative or loved-one with a disability. 


Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Education Session

Did you know that the Government of Canada gives out grants and bonds to eligible RDSP holders – even when they don’t have the money to contribute themselves? If you have found the process of opening a plan too difficult, or you have been denied the disability tax credit – you’re not alone! Come to this education session where experts from VanCity Credit Union will advise you on the next steps while sharing case studies of how a RDSP can meet a variety of savings goals. A free pizza lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 11th to Monique Nelson at mnelson@posabilities.ca  See the POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Thursday, March 14, 5:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Suite#240–4664 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby

Skating Party to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Join Down Syndrome Research Foundation for a free family event in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day! There will be skating from 5:15-6:15, then there will be food and refreshments in the Thirsty Penguin Banquet Room. Skate and helmet rentals along with all food and refreshments are included at no cost. Helmets are mandatory for anyone under 12. Skating bars will be available. Sponsored by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society, and CTV. Reserve your free tickets by March 10th at http://DSRF.org/Skate. For event updates, RSVP to the Facebook event.
WHEN: Friday, March 15, 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Burnaby 8 Rinks (Rink 2), 6501 Sprott St, Burnaby

Transition Planning for Youth 16 – 24 Years

Come hear a parent panel discussion on transition planning. For more information or to register contact Terry Schenkel at tschenkel@develop.bc.ca or (604) 233-5433.
WHEN: Saturday, April 6th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: 3455 Kaslo Street, Vancouver

Inclusion Works Burnaby

Inclusion Works is a model of family governed service. It involves families pooling their resources (skills, networks, CLBC funding and knowledge) with support from a Host Agency to create a customized day program that has a strong focus on employment. This model has been successfully implemented in other BC communities! ​ Come join  Burnaby families who are interested in creating Inclusion Works Burnaby and learn from Arlene Zuckernick, a parent who has done this all before! For more information see the POSTER or contact Rachel Goddyn 778-386-4046
WHEN: Thursday, March 21st, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: BACI’s Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Self Advocate Leadership Conference

Self Advocates over 19 are invited to this day long event focussing on “People and the Power of Friendship.” The cost is $5.00. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Participants are invited to enter the What Does Friendship Mean to You? Contest by submitting art, an essay, a poem or a video. Prizes will be awarded. This conference is sponsored by Community Living BC. More information is available on the WEBSITE. Click HERE for the registration form.
WHEN:  Thursday, March 28, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (registration at 8:15 a.m.)
WHERE: South Burnaby Lawn Bowling, Central Park  4000 Kingsway, Burnaby

Let’s Learn About Fraud Prevention

This workshop will use plain language and is suitable for self advocates. Come learn how to keep your personal information secure, how to protect yourself online, and how to avoid being scammed. Support staff are welcome and lunch is included. Please RSVP by April 1st to scrane@posAbilities.ca  This workshop is presented by VanCity and posAbilities. 
WHEN: Wednesday, April 3 | 11am – 1pm
WHERE: Strive Living Learning Centre (Suite #500 – 4370 Dominion Street, Burnaby)

Leisure Fair 2019

Come learn about the many organizations that provide recreational, sport and leisure opportunities for children and youth with disabilities in the Lower Mainland. Representatives will have tables with information and will be available to answer questions. Some of the organizations also serve adults. For more information, contact Shixin Gao at sgao@develop.bc.ca or 604-301-2831.
WHEN:  April 3rd, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: Sunset Community Centre Gym – 6810 Main Street, Vancouver


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Lots of Socks
Lots of Socks







Burnaby Parks and Recreation’s Spring and Summer Leisure Guide Now Available

Explore the newest Leisure Guide on-line or pick up a physical copy at a recreation facility starting Tuesday, March 12. Information about Adapted Programs begins on page 40. There are classes and camps adapted for individuals with disabilities, but people with disabilities are welcome to consider any program 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 most spring and summer programs starts Wednesday, March 13 with online registration available at 12 midnight. Phone and in-person registration opens at 9am. 

Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st. Everyone is encouraged to join the celebration by showing off their most colourful socks. This year’s official World Down Syndrome Day socks are available for purchase through the Down Syndrome Research Foundation office for just $8/pair.  To order, please call Nimet at 604-444-3773 or email nimet@dsrf.org. If you want to share photos of you, your friends and your family sporting your wildest socks use the hashtags #WDSD, #lotsofsocks and #DownSyndrome.

City of Burnaby Housing Consultation

The City of Burnaby wants to hear from you.  Public input will inform the  Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing report which will be presented to City Council. Please respond  to this survey by March 10, to share your ideas and recommendations. Keep up-to-date by signing up to Burnaby’s eNews or reach out at yourvoice.yourhome@burnaby.ca

Home Sharing Providers To Receive an Increase in Funding

The Vancouver Sun reports…

For the last 12 years, Selena Martin has cared for a man with developmental disabilities who requires around-the-clock care. During that time, the cost of living has steadily gone up while government funding for home-share providers has remained frozen.“Some home-share providers have actually lost their homes because they can no longer afford the up-keep,” said Martin, who describes the 49-year-old man she cares for as her brother from another mother. “There are home-share providers who have had to use food banks.” Home-share providers will receive a 15 per cent boost in their monthly support payments, which vary based on needs. That will be paid for through $45 million over three years through Community Living B.C., which supports people with developmental disabilities. Read the full story HERE


 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 7th, 2019