Special News& Events


BACI General Meeting

We will be holding a General Meeting on Thursday, May 23rd. A light dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. The meeting will run from 6:30 pm  to 8:30 pm at Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby. We need to change some of our bylaws to meet legal requirements. Please join us and help us reach quorum. If you need a ride or child minding, please contact 604-299-7851 by May 17th.

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

Hats Off Day

Hats Off Day is a huge, one-day street festival featuring a colourful main-street style parade, followed by a big street party. BACI will have a booth to let our community know about the work we do. If you are at the street party, come by and say “Hi.” Or you can volunteer to work at our booth. If you are interested contact Carol at carol.broomhall@gobaci.com For more information about Hats Off Day visit the WEBSITE.
WHEN: Sat, June 1st, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Parade is at 10:00 am
WHERE: Hastings St. Between Gamma Ave. and Boundary Rd.

Start of Summer Barbecue

Save The Date – This year’s barbecue will be on Friday June 21st 

 Ongoing Groups and Committees


BACI’s Inclusive Childcare 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, June 3rd, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, May 27th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

The next meeting is Saturday, June 8th. 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 May 27th 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, May 28th. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee

Events of Interest for Burnaby Families

Theatre Terrific Presents: Hello

Theatre Terrific’s Hello is adapted from the true story of Daniel Miller, son of playwright Arthur Miller and is presented by an all abilities cast. Daniel never lived with his family.  Instead, he was shut away in an overcrowded, understaffed institution. HELLO is a work of intimate family discovery through the eyes of Daniel.  Tickets available at boxoffice@firehallartscentre.ca or 604-689-0926.
WHEN: May 22nd – May 25th 8:00 pm, May 23rd 3:00 pm, May 28th – May 31st 8:00 pm, June 1st 8:00 pm
WHERE: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St, Vancouver

A Night to Remember

A gala evening with a fancy sit-down dinner, dancing and surprises. This event is for individuals with an intellectual or physical disability, ages 16 and up. Dress is formal. Tickets are just $30.00 and they will go fast; book now to avoid disappointment! There will be no tickets available at the door. Details are available on the WEBSITE.
WHEN: Friday, May 24th, 6:30 pm
WHERE: Century Plaza Hotel, 1015 Burrard St. Vancouver

Real Talk Pizza Party: Chat, eat and share ideas

Folks with a cognitive disability meet over a casual meal, watch some Real Talk videos, and participate in a conversation facilitated by a certified sexual health educator.  Click HERE for your free registration. 
WHEN: Monday, May 27th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: AHA Studios, 7724 Royal Oak Ave. Burnaby

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group

Check out these interesting upcoming events:

  • Employment with Jobs West on Mon, May 27th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Resource Fair on Sat, June 1st. 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning on Mon, June 20th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Workshops and activities are presented primarily in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation.  Please see THE FLYER for more information. Group goals are outlined in the MINISTRY PAMPHLET . Group co-ordinator Mable Law can be reached at 604-877-8606 ext 244 or mlaw@ccmcanada.org
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, Second Floor

familyWORKS and Kudoz invite you to Reflection Cafe

Important preparation for employment is developing skills and interests. Kudoz provides an innovative way for people with developmental disabilities to try out new experiences with knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. Kudoz has invited families to join them at a Reflection Cafe. A Reflection Cafe is an informal get-together that allows individuals and  Kudoz staff to share what they are learning. Come find out how Kudoz works and meet staff and participants. For more information contact Rachel Goddyn at rachel.goddyn@gmail.com or 778-386-4046
WHEN: Thursday, May 30th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Waves Coffee House, #101 – 7315 Edmonds St. Burnaby

Run Up for Down Syndrome

Participants of all ages and abilities will run or walk the picturesque 5 km or 1.5 km routes through Burnaby’s Central Park. Back inside the stadium, you’ll enjoy a variety of fun family activities including face painting, bouncy castles and slides, dunk tank, games, mascots, scrumptious food, and so much more. Participants will also have a chance to win incredible prizes for both running and fundraising achievements. Click HERE to register or for more information
WHEN: Sunday, June 2nd, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial St, Burnaby

Songs on the Water: A Musical Showcase in Support of Autism Community Training

Welcome Summer 2019 at the Vancouver Rowing Club, with a very special evening of music, food, and friendship to support Autism Community Training’s free resources for the autism community. A BBQ, wonderful music, and views across Vancouver Harbour, will cater to all your senses! For tickets and more information click HERE.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 4th, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Vancouver Rowing Club, 450 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Jean Vanier and Friends

Celebrating the Life of Jean Vanier

Celebrated Canadian, Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, has died at 90.  From modest beginnings, L’Arche has grown into a network of 152 communities for the intellectually disabled in 37 countries around the world. Jean Vanier’s most significant accomplishment, however, was to establish the unique value of an intellectually disabled life.  His philosophy is behind many of the great achievements of the Community Living movement. Read more about his life HERE and HERE.


Transport 2050

TransLink is leading the development of a new Regional Transportation Strategy, called Transport 2050. At the same time, Metro Vancouver is developing Metro 2050, an updated regional growth strategy. Together, these strategies will shape our region over the next 30 years. An online survey allows you to have input on the renewed vision and goals. Let TransLink know that accessible transportation is important. Learn more that the WEBSITE.

Senate Committee Votes to Strengthen Federal Accessibility Law

Canada’s first federal accessibility bill should soon be enacted. Advocacy groups have raised concerns that the may be bill may be ineffective. The Senate Committee examining the bill has addressed one of these major concerns voting to propose the government include a timeline in the bill that would require it to be fully implemented by 2040 rather than leaving the date open-ended. Read the whole story HERE.

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 May 16th, 2019