Special News& Events



Summer Camp Fun

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.

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

 Ongoing Groups and Committees


Lando tried out an accessible swing

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, June 17th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

The next meeting date is not yet confirmed. The group usually meets the second Saturday of the month, but June’s meeting may be rescheduled due painting.  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


Celebrate BC’s Second AccessAbility Week

AccessAbility Week runs from May 27th to June 2nd. The Gathering Festival, in partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture and All Bodies Dance Project, presents a week of special events including a film festival, an art show, a cabaret and more. All events are free or low cost. Click HERE for event times, locations.

To acknowledge AccessAbility Translink’s Newsletter “The Buzzer” has an article on 7 ways Translink Promotes Accessibility. Check it out to learn more about their Travel Smart Training and their Mobility Practice Training Sessions. 

For the second year in a row the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is making $500,000 dollars in grants available for accessibility projects in communities around BC.  Read the full press release HERE. 

Child and Youth Legal Clinic

The Child and Youth Legal Centre is committed to improving the well-being of children and youth in BC through the advancement of their legal rights. The Centre advocates on behalf of vulnerable children and youth. The first Tuesday of each month they host a free Child and Youth Legal Clinic. The drop-in legal clinic is for ages 9 – 19.
WHEN: The first Tuesday of each month, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Upstairs Meeting Room, Ray-Cam Community Centre, 920 E Hastings St. Vancouver

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

The Youth Without Limits Support Group

The Youth Without Limits Support Group is a program at the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. The group is for  youth and young adults ages 13 and up. This month the participants of the Youth Group will have the opportunity to test to test the usability of A&K Robotics’ automated wheelchair interface. Food and drinks will be provided. To RSVP or for more information about this program, please contact Carrie at supportworker@bccerebralpalsy.com or call 604-408-9484.
WHEN: Friday, June 7th, 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: #451 – 409 Granville St, Vancouver

Wild About Burnaby Lake 2019

Learn how to bring more nature to Burnaby with guided walks, an invasive species pull, and informative exhibits. Drop-in for a free, hands-on workshop from with EartHand Gleaners where you will create a simple braided bracelet or basket from invasive plant fibers. All materials are free and will be provided at the event. . Cash only charity barbecue provided by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society. See all the details of this event on the WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Sunday, June 9th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: East End of Burnaby Lake at Cariboo Dam  Field

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

 Camp Spectacular

A day camp for individuals 19 years & up. Get ready for an action-packed summer! Every week has its own unique theme and day trips to fun places around the Lower Mainland. Adults with developmental disabilities can engage in indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, healthy cooking, swimming and more! For registration information and more click HERE.
WHEN: Wed-Fri, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Starting July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 14, Aug 21
WHERE: South Central Youth Centre, 6749 Nelson Ave, Burnaby


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Church Window at Burnaby Village Museum

Ross Chilton to become Community Living BC CEO

A long-time leader in British Columbia’s community living sector with a track record of advancing inclusion in social service agencies and on sector boards will become CLBC’s next Chief Executive Officer, starting August 12, 2019. Read the full announcement HERE.

 “Don’t Dis My Ability” Film Project

Elliot, a Capilano University student who received and educational bursary from the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC h as produced a short documentary,“Don’t Dis My Ability.” In the film four individuals with disabilities who share their strengths and determination against adversity in order to be accepted and appreciated for who they are. 

Vancouver Accessible Beaches

The City of Vancouver has 10 new water wheelchairs which will be available at beaches around the city. The wheelchair can be reserved ahead of time. As well the city has installed Mobi-Mats at English Bay and Kitsilano beaches. These are non-slip pathways that let people using walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters enjoy the total beach experience with friends and family. To learn more or to reserve a water wheelchair click 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 30th, 2019