Special News & Events


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.

Understanding The Role Of Trustees: Creating a Discretionary Trust

When creating a will many parents struggle with the question of who to ask to be a trustee. This workshop will help you understand the roles and responsibilities of a trustee, and learn which professionals can assist in administering a trust. We will discuss how to choose and find a trustee. Our presenter, Alex Northly is a trust administrator for Coastal Mental Health, an organization that manages trusts for 300 individuals. Our POSTER has all the details
WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place,​ 7716 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby


 Ongoing Groups and Committees 


Burnaby Central Railway

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, March 12th, 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 March 10th.  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 group will meet again in April

For more information see  Advocacy Committee



Events of interest for Burnaby Families 


Free Tax Clinics

Filing taxes is important for individuals with disabilities even if they have 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.


Buddy Club: Meet a Buddy, Bring a Buddy, Be a Buddy

This month the Buddy Club is celebrating St Patrick’s day by going to Family Day at the Blarney Stone Pub. There will be entertainment such as face painting and stilt walking. Bring $15.00 – $25.00 to pay for brunch. For details on the meeting place and on how to RSVP see THE POSTER.
WHEN: Sunday, March 11th. Meet at Stadium/Chinatown Skytrain at 10:45 am or at The Blarney Stone at 11:00 am
WHERE: The Blarney Stone Pub, 216 Carrall St, Vancouver

Cerebral Palsy Association’s Life Without Limits Gala

A special evening to raise funds for scholarships and bursaries. There will be live entertainment, a sit down dinner, speakers, a live auction and a silent auction. Tickets available HERE.
WHEN: Thursday, March 15th, 5:15 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard St, Vancouver

Skating Party to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Join former Canucks Darcy Rota and Bob Murray for a free family event in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. Skate and helmet rentals are no cost. Skating bars will be available. Refreshments will be served after skating. See THE POSTER for event details. 
WHEN: Friday, March 16th, 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Rink 2, 8 Rinks, 6501 Sprott St, Burnaby

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group

 A field trip to Tsawwassen Mills is planned for spring break. The group will be travelling together on a bus. See THE POSTER for RSVP information, cost and bus pick-up location
WHEN: Monday March 12th, 9:30 am  – 3:30 pm
The March meeting will be held in conjunction with the Developmental Disabilities Association. The topic is Executive Functioning: The Basics and the presenter will be Lindy Chau an Autism BC information officer. Details can be found HERE. The CCM Support Group goals are outlined in the MINISTRY PAMPHLET .
WHEN:  Thursday, March 15th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE:  Bob Prittie Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby

familyWORKS Support Group

familyWORKs is a support group for families who are working toward employment with a family member who has a disability. This month 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. ​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

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


Nel celebrates her win in dressage

Chilliwack family test-trying CalmWear

Based on Temple Grandin’s groundbreaking research, CalmWear was designed for people with sensory processing disorders (SPD) caused by conditions such as autism. See the news 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.

Teacher’s Union Says It Can Do Better After Report Details Conflicts With Special Needs Students

B.C.’s teachers’ union is looking for ways to try and prevent special needs students from being targets of frustration from their teachers. An annual report released by the BC Commission for Teacher Regulation found special needs students are twice as likely to be the subject of reported misconduct. Read the Global News story.

Federal Budget Contains Significant Funding Increase for Special Olympics Canada(SOC)

The Government of Canada’s 2018 federal budget has approved an incremental $16 million for SOC over the next five years plus $2M per year ongoing. This funding represents an increase of $6 million from the 2014 incremental financing and will supplement Sport Canada’s current annual funding of more than $2.8 million. Read more on The SOC WEBSITE.

Party Celebrates A&W Owner’s and Manager’s Inclusive Hiring Practices

 A&W owner Nick Nuraney and manager John Archibald received the 2017 Widening Our World (WOW) award from Community Living BC. A Friday afternoon shindig, complete with cake, at the Willowbrook A&W on a snowy Feb. 23 was a celebration of inclusiveness.  The Langley Times has a NEWS STORY and a VIDEO

New Toronto Research Hub to Focus on  Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. 

Statistics suggest that incidents of mental illness are considerably higher among those with developmental disabilities than among the general population. CAMH’s new Azrieli Centre will focus on research and education that will improve the way the medical community responds to this group’s unique needs.People with disabilities and medical experts agree it’s common to see doctors conflate disability and mental illness, often dismissing the symptoms of one disorder by attributing them to the other. Read the whole story HERE. 

Proposed “Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities Act”

Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre hopes that there will be bi-parisan support for his proposed bill that would amend current legislation to ensure that Canadians with disabilities don’t lose more through taxation or the loss of benefits than they gain as a result of finding a job. Find out more HERE.

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 8th, 2018