BACI Self-Advocate Group:  The group has finished their anti-bullying guide and is planning a launch event.  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 e-mail:
WHEN:  Monday, September 25th, 10:30 am – Noon.
WHERE:  Boardroom, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Annual General Meeting:  Join us for BACI’s 61st AGM. Seonag Macrae, CEO of Community Living BC, will be speaking about the agency’s strategic directions and current initiatives. A light dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. If you need a ride or child minding, please call 604-299-7851 or email by September 22. For more information see THE AGENDA or THE POSTER.
WHEN:  Thursday, September 28, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (dinner at 6 pm).
WHERE:  BACI Still Creek, Large Education Centre, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Children’s Music Appreciation South Burnaby– Music on Mondays: Family fun for young children with action songs and a music sing-a-long for families lead by a registered music therapist.  Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact Susan Kwan: or 604-720-0028.
WHEN: Monday, October 2nd, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Chinese Parent Support Group:  A family networking group that helps to develop services and support for autistic persons and to raise awareness of autism in the Chinese community. Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact John Tsang: or 604-928-8289.
WHEN:  Saturday, October 14th, 6:30 pm  – 8:30 pm.
WHERE:  Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Children’s Music Appreciation North Burnaby – Music on Mondays: Family fun for young children with action songs and a music sing-a-long for families lead by a registered music therapist. Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact Susan Kwan: or 604-720-0028.
WHEN:  Monday, October 16th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby

Kudos:  Looking for some new adventures this fall?…..Kudoz  is a new way for adults with an intellectual disability to learn, experience, connect and grow.  Kudos is a FREE program and, at the moment, has NO WAIT LIST. Check out some of the 158 different experiences at THE WEBSITE. Kudos is a BACI hosted initiative.

Don’t forget that the BACI Family EVENTS CALENDAR  is updated frequently and that all current and past E-newsletters are archived at our BLOGSITE


Events of interest for Burnaby Families: 


Burnaby’s 125th Birthday Celebration: A week-end of fun, free events all around the city. Check out what is happening and join the party. See full details on  THE WEBSITE
WHEN: Friday Sept 22nd – Sunday September 24th

Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group: September’s topic is “Finding and Contracting with Service Providers” presented by Christine Hung. Workshops and activities are presented primarily in Cantonese with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation.  Please see the ENGLISH FLYER or CHINESE 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
WHEN:  Monday, September 25th , 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, Second Floor

Employment Forum and Hiring Fair for Persons with Disabilities: Come and connect with local companies who are currently looking to fill talent gaps in their labour force and with local employment service providers.  This event is hosted by Project EveryBODY.   To register for the hiring fair go to  THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept 27th, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Vancouver Community College, Downtown Campus, 250 W Pender St, Vancouver

Burnaby familyWORKS :  familyWORKs supports and connects families to work toward employment with their family members who have disabilities. After a hiatus, the Burnaby chapter is once again up and running.  This month’s topic is Employment Options And How To Prepare For The World Of Work. Please visit THE WEBSITE  or view THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 pm  – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Second Floor Meeting Room, Bonsor Community Centre, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby
RSVP: For more information, or to RSVP please contact Rachel Goddyn,778-386-4046 or

Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group: Bohdanna Popowycz, M.Ed., BCBA presents “IEP’s Through The Years.”  To see a full outline of the meeting topic and meeting details click HERE.  For more information please contact Stella Hui at 604-434-0880  or
WHEN: Friday, Sept 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 am (doors open at 9:45)
WHERE: Studio #301, 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby

posAbilities’ INCLUSION Art Show and Sale: This year INCLUSION features creations from hundreds of artists with diverse abilities who are working independently or in studios supported by Community Living organizations across Metro Vancouver. Come and meet artists, discover each person’s unique perspective, creative process, and how individual challenges are transcended through art. For details about the event visit THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Tuesday,October 3rd, 5:00 pm -8:00 pm and Wednesday, October 4th, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
WHERE:Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver

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.  Please see THE WEBSITE or the FALL 2017 FLYER for future dates and topics. For more information contact Liz & Yuko at
TOPIC: Options After High School
WHEN:  Wednesday, October 4th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE:  East Side Location – DDA’s  Kaslo Hub, 3455 Kaslo St, Vancouver

The Essentials of a Basic Plan for Your Future: Nidus Personal Planning and Resource Centre is offering this free presentation which gives an overview of Representation Agreements, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney at the Bob Prittie Library in Burnaby. It is one of many events being held in Metro Vancouver during October, BC’s Personal Planning Month. For a full list of events click HERE or visit the NIDUS WEBSITE.
WHEN: Thursday, October 12th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Bob Prittie Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby

Looking Forward Workshop: The quality of life of adults with disabilities is greatly enhanced when they have family and friends who are advocates, caregivers and supporters. Often it is parents who fulfill this role. How do families plan for these responsibilities to be taken over by someone else who is conscientious and concerned?​ At this free workshop  you will meet two families who have made this transition. Also Rebecca Pauls, Director of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network will share a new planning tool to help parents and caregivers. See THE POSTER for details and to RSVP.
WHEN: Saturday October 14th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
WHERE: BACI Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


BC Throne Speech Announces Initiatives to Improve the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities: Read the Inclusion BC press release with the details of what to expect HERE.

Programs at Kinsight: Kinsite, formerly Simon Fraser Society for Community Living, offers a variety of parent support and education programs in the Tri-Cities and New Westminster. To be added to their newsletter e-mail list you can contact Anne-Marie McGee  at or 604-528-3950 For information about their up-coming sibling groups click HERE.

The Right Fit Pilot Project: People with disabilities who use wheelchairs typically wait years for affordable, accessible housing in Metro Vancouver. This project is a multi-partner effort to address challenges in matching affordable, wheelchair-accessible homes and independent living support services with people who need them. Learn more at the Disability Alliance BC WEBSITE.

Child Health BC Hip Surveillance Program: Hip displacement is a common problem for children with cerebral palsy. The goal of this program, the first of its kind in North America, is the find hip displacement early when all treatment options are available. Read the news story 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.

Burnaby Parent Support Resources & Groups:  BACI Family Support has put together a listing of organizations that support families who live in the Burnaby region with on-going in-person support or on-line support.  You can find this list at the Family Support & Advocacy site WEBSITE with a short explanation of the type of support available.

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 Family Information and Support
Family Gathering Place
7716 Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5J 4K4
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BACI News and Events for Sept 21st, 2017