Special News & Events


Some of the fabulous creations at the BACI Winter Craft Fair

Bonsor Winter Party 

A highlight of the holiday season, BACI families and friends gather for a turkey dinner and dancing. Tickets are available at Still Creek Reception, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby. 
WHEN: Friday, November 30th, doors open at 6:15pm.
WHERE: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby

Reimagining Community Inclusion – Regional Consultation

Ministry for Social Development and Poverty Reduction is creating a 10 year vision for community inclusion in BC. BACI is hosting an opportunity for you to join a conversation about improving supports and services for individuals with intellectual disabilities over the next ten years. This is an opportunity to share information about your needs, as well as your ideas for positive changes in the future.
WHEN: Thursday, December 13th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: BACI’s Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Artists Helping Artists Supply Drive

Do you have any art supplies, yarn or fabric that could use a new home? BACI’s artist’s collective, Artists Helping Artists is looking for donations. Check HERE to see a list of the items they could use to create amazing art. 


Kudoz is a program that allows individuals with a developmental disability try out new learning experiences. Participants browse a catalog of hundreds of fun activities and choose the ones they want to try. Kudoz is free and looking for new members. Find out more about Kudoz, a BACI  sponsored initiative, at the WEBSITE and view upcoming events on the FACEBOOK page. 


 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, December 3rd, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, December 10th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

This group does not meet in December.  Please contact facilitator John Tsang at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca or see THE POSTER to learn more. 

BACI Self-Advocate Group

There will not be a meeting in Dec. 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. The date for the next meeting is Wednesday Jan 9th at 5:00 pm.  

For more information see  Advocacy Committee



Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 


Sunset Reflection at Burnaby’s Foreshore Park

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Celebration  

Come join this free celebration with something for everyone. Check out the WEBSITE for more details. 
WHEN: Monday, December 3rd
12:30PM – 7:30PM – Art Show and Sale & Musical Performances
6:30PM – 8:30PM – Film Festival & Performance Artists
WHERE: The Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival

Come enjoy an afternoon of memorable and entertaining short films by and about people with intellectual disabilities.  Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased HERE and will also be available at the door.  The films were selected by the BC Self Advocacy Foundation and distributed by Sprout. Sprout is a unique non-profit organization that distributes works featuring individuals with developmental disabilities. See the WEBSITE for more information. 
WHEN: Monday, Dec 3rd, 1:00 pm
WHERE: 530 Columbia St, New Westminster

Celebrating Our Gifts

You are invited to an evening of entertainment and refreshments prepared by talented self advocates. Everyone is welcome to join with familyWORKs groups from across the Lower Mainland to hear musicians and comedians and to enjoy fresh baked goodies. See the POSTER for more details. 
WHEN: Thursday, December 6th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Large Ed Centre, Still Creek, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Parents of Youth with Disabilities Transition Group 

An education and support group for parents of youth and young adults (14 – 24) with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood.  At December’s meeting the group will be working to create a person centred planning tool using the new on-line resource  myBooklet BC. Please see THE WEBSITE or contact Liz & Yuko at transitionparents@gmail.com for more information.
WHEN:  Saturday, Dec 8th, 10:30pm – 1:00pm
WHERE: DDA Kaslo Hub, 3455 Kaslo Street, Vancouver 

BC Epilepsy Parents Network (BCEPN)

BC Epilepsy Parents Network is a new support group for parents of children with epilepsy. The groups is an outgrowth of the BC Epilepsy Society who heard through their peer support program that there is interest in group gatherings. Participation is free, however, registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call 604-875-6704 or email info@bcepilepsy.com.
WHEN: Third Thursday of the month – 6:00 pm to 7:30pm  Third Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
WHERE: 2500 – 900 West 8th Ave, Vancouver

Housing for People with Disabilities

Home sharing is the fastest-growing Community Living BC (CLBC) residential option, and it has become the most common residential service offered to people coming into CLBC service system. At this workshop we will learn more about home sharing from a housing manager at one of Metro Vancouver’s largest community living agencies. She will speak about current trends and how to make home sharing a success. To RSVP contact Rachel: rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com  or 778-386-4046 
WHEN: Saturday, January 26th, 10:00 am
WHERE: Vancouver Resource Society, 2006 West 10th Ave, Vancouver


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


November is Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

This month is a chance to celebrate the contributions of indigenous people with disabilities. Acting on a recommendation from the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), B.C. became the first province in Canada to dedicate November to Indigenous people with disabilities. BCANDS is unique as the only stand-alone organization in Canada serving Indigenous people with disabilities. The not-for-profit charity has been providing Indigenous disability and health services and programs throughout the province for 26 years.


The Sibling Collaborative

The Sibling Collaborative is a partnership of adults with a brother or sister with a developmental disability who have come together with the purpose of connecting siblings and strengthening families. The sibling relationship is often the longest familial relationship and siblings are likely to be the most constant companions in the lifelong journey of their brothers or sisters with a developmental disability. The Sibling Collaborative has prepared a report, Understanding the Sibling Experience, to better understand the typical sibling in relation to their own life, the life of their brother or sister with a developmental disability, and their family as a whole. 

Inclusion BC and CLBC launch three-year plan to increase inclusive housing

Inclusive housing means homes where people with developmental disabilities feel they are a part of their communities. It is accessible, stable housing where everyone has choice and control over their living space, and where they live with neighbours who have diverse interests and backgrounds. To increase inclusive housing, over the next three years Inclusion BC and CLBC will collaborate to take advantage of recent investments by federal and provincial governments in housing.  Read the plan, “Home is Where our Story Begins…” 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 Nov 29th, 2018