Special News& Events


BACI Halloween Party

Come dance and party with superheroes, princess and hockey stars! Win prizes for best costumes! There will be Pizza, Drinks, Dancing & Treats! 
WHEN: Thursday, October 24th,  4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St. Burnaby

BACI Seniors and Outreach Fall Luncheon

Hosted by the BACI Seniors Committee and the Outreach Department, for all our seniors, their sons and daughters, friends and supporters. A warm lunch will be served along with coffee, tea, juice and dessert. The POSTER has all the details.
WHEN:  Sunday, October 27th, 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm
WHERE: BACI Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave. Burnaby 
RSVP: E-mail: seniorstea.committee@gobaci.com  Call: Rachel: 778-386-4046 or Antoinette: 778-998-1076

BACI’s Self Advocate’s Anti-Bulling Book Launch and Workshop

Everyone is welcome to learn about how to stop bullying. Workshops hosts include a police officer and a self defence expert. 
WHEN: Monday, October 28th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: Cafeteria and Large Ed Centre, Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

BACI Hosts Personal Planning Month

In October BACI will be partnering with Nidus to offer four free planning webinars. BACI family services consultant, Rachel Goddyn, is the host and is also available to follow up with families. Nidus is a leader in providing information and resources about estate and personal planning. Sessions will be held at Bob Prittie Library near Metrotown. You can attend all four or pick the one that interests you. For more information see the POSTER or contact Rachel Goddyn at 778-386-4046 or rachel.goddyn@gobaci.com 

 Ongoing Groups and Committees


Kyle, who loves to stare into the camera lens, is captured by his dad, Nate

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, October 7th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, October 21st, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

The next meeting is Wednesday October 30th, 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm. Lawyer Ken Krammer will be speaking about Wills.  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

Monday, October 28th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, BACI’s Self Advocate Groups is hosting an Anti-Bullying workshop.  Everyone is welcome to join at the Cafeteria and Large Ed Centre, Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby. 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 will be Tuesday, October 22nd.

For more information see  Advocacy Committee

Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 


Confederation Park

BACI Sponsors an Accessible Screening of Dafne at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Dafne is a film about a bright young supermarket clerk with Down syndrome who finds the father and daughter roles reversed after her mother dies. It was an award winner at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
The film is in Italian with English subtitles, so Vocal Eye translation will be provided (headphones for people to listen to the subtitles being read aloud). A casual reception will be held beforehand. 
For those interested in receiving a free ticket to attend this screening, please email info@gobaci.com as soon as possible (by Thursday, Oct 3rd at latest). Indicate any accommodations needed. To purchase a ticket or for more information click HERE.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 9th, 6:45 pm
WHERE: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Let’s Get Real

Let’s Get Real is a  community of people with developmental disabilities who live in the Lower Mainland and meet on a monthly basis to connect with potential partners, explore romantic relationships, and have fun!  The folks at the Let’s Get Real are holding an event at Cafe Deux Soleils. There will be casual food, drinks and mingling as well as conversation on how to have healthy boundaries within relationships. Bring money if you would like to buy dinner. RSVP to lgr@buildingcaringcommunities.ca
WHEN: Wednesday, October 9th, 4pm – 7pm,  and some folks will be staying on to see a drag show that starts at 8:30. 
WHERE: Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

INCLUSION Art Show and Sale

Come see BC’s largest disability art show!  This year, the show features 150+ artists with diverse abilities and live art demonstrations. Photography, paintings, illustrations, pottery, glasswork, jewelry, fabric art and more will be exhibited and for sale. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.  The venue is fully accessible and ASL interpretation is provided. See the WEBSITE for more information. 
WHEN: Thursday, October 10th, 10:30am-8:30pm at
WHERE: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver

October is Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Awareness Month

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) offers free RDSP Workshops. Their latest offering is RDSP Level 2 for those who want to take advantage of the RDSP and make the best financial decisions for long-term growth. Learn about the all the PLAN workshops HERE.

BC Ed Access Conference

BCEdAccess Society serves families of students with disabilities and complex learners in BC. Come to their 5th advocacy conference – a full two days of workshops. Presentations include Human Rights in BC and Discrimination in Education by Lindsay Waddell, Human Rights Lawyer and IEPs:What you need to know by Suzanne Perreault, Langley School Board Trustee. Click HERE for registration information
WHEN: Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th
WHERE: Civic Hotel, 13475 Central Avenue, Surrey

Family Support Institute’s 12th Annual  Trivia Night

Join the Family Support Institute (FSI) for a night filled with music, snacks and prizes. Fill a table with your team of 8 players, or just come and join a table. Tickets are $25.00 and all proceeds will go towards the Family Support Institute. Purchase tickets at: https://familysupportbc.com/events/trivia-night-2019-2/  For more information click on the Trivia Night Flyer
WHEN: Friday,  October 25, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
WHERE: Mike Butler Room, Dogwood Pavilion, 1655 Winslow Ave, Coquitlam

Kids Can’t Wait: Community Gathering

Join this full-day gathering of families, advocates, agencies, and organization wanting to improve outcomes for children and families receiving early years supports. This event is sponsored by Inclusion BC and Family Support Institute. Coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be provided. Bring your heart, your vision and your voice — and tell us what you feel, what you see and what want.  Registration is $20.00. To register and for more information click HERE.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 29th, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
WHERE: Croatian Cultural Center, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Lorraine at the launch party

Community Living BC’s include Me Survey

On Sept 25th BACI hosted a launch event for include Me.  The turnout was great. Thanks to everyone who attended this fun and lively event to talk about quality of life. include Me! invites individuals to participate in a survey that measures quality of life from their perspective. The information gathered from this process is rolled up to provide CLBC with data at the agency, regional, and provincial level. To find out more about include Me click HERE.

BC Lights up Green for World Cerebral Palsy Day 

On October 6th, 2019 green lights will shine at BC Place, Science World, Canada Place Sails of Light, and Port Coquitlam City Hall to celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day. The day is an opportunity to celebrate, raise awareness and take action to ensure that people with CP have the same rights, access and opportunity as anyone else in their communities.

Community Living Advocates Urge Better Safeguards After Medically Assisted Death of B.C. Man

The medically assisted death of a British Columbia man with a history of depression has led to advocates calling for stronger safeguards for vulnerable patients — and better clarity in the law. Alan Nichols, who showed no signs of facing an imminent demise, was given a medically assisted death in July despite pleas from his loved ones, family members told CTV News on Tuesday.
Krista Carr from the Canadian Association for Community Living has increasingly heard stories of staff at hospitals offering medically assisted deaths to at-risk people simply getting routine medical care. Carr told CTV News people with autism or intellectual disabilities have been told “they may want to consider ending their lives, as opposed to living with a disability.” Read the complete story HERE.

Burnaby Parks and Recreation’s Fall and Winter Leisure Guide Now Available

Registration for most Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 programs has started.  To see adapted and accessible programs check out the ACCESS BROCHURE. Individuals with disabilities can also sign up for other programs listed in the LEISURE GUIDE . People that need extra support are welcome to bring a support person with them. In addition Parks and Rec. access volunteers may be available to facilitate participation and provide minimal support. Call 604-297-4576 to speak to the access co-ordinator.

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 October 3rd, 2019