Special News & Events


BACI Wins $500,00 Child Care Grant

BACI is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded $500,000 by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to create 37 inclusive child care spaces – 12 infant and toddler spaces and 25 spaces for children aged three to five years – at our new Variety Children’s Centre. Construction on the child care centre, along with 15 new units of affordable housing, is expected to begin in the Spring of 2018.  Read the full government funding announcement here

BACI Bins in 2 More Locations!

We’re excited to announce that BACI’s Clothing Donation Bin program has expanded to 2 more locations.  You can now drop off clothing, accessories, shoes, bedding or towels Ace Auto Detailing at 6810 Sellers Ave, Burnaby at Mr. Lube at 6811 Hastings Street in Burnaby

Kudoz Wins Vancouver User Experience Awards

Kudoz was a big winner at the Vancouver User Experience Awards on November 29, with their innovative online experience platform taking home 2 awards – including the overall award for Best User Experience! The Awards recognize joy, elegance, clarity, innovation, and impact in user experience. Congratulations to the Kudoz team. To learn more about Kudoz and the activities available for individuals with disabilities visit Kudoz.ca


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
Next Meeting – Monday, January 8th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, January 15th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm


BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

This group does not meet in December. The next meeting will be January 13th. See THE POSTER for more information or contact John Tsang at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca

BACI Self-Advocate Group

There will be no December meeting for the Self-Advocate Group. The next meeting is January 29th. 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. New members are welcomed.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd. 

For more information see  Advocacy Committee




Events of interest for Burnaby Families: 


Chalet Lights

Enjoy a spectacular Christmas light display and make a donation to support the BC Epilepsy Society. The Ribalkin/Viau family have covered their roof, gardens, gutters, railings and driveways in thousands upon thousands of lights, blow-up displays, Christmas decorations and holiday cheer. 
WHERE: 4967 Chalet Place, North Vancouver. Walk up the drive and enjoy.
WHEN: Until January 1st the lights are on from 5:30-11pm every day.



Chinese Christian Ministry (CCM) Special Needs Support Group  

This month is Christmas Special.  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 mlaw@ccmcanada.org
WHEN:  Monday, December 18th , 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE:  CCM Ministry, Burnaby’s Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, Second Floor

Seeking New Members for an Interactive Job, Supper and Toastmasters Club

The Tuesday Triple is a unique learning opportunity that offers camaraderie, mutual support and encouragement for those on their employment journey. The group will meet for 10 facilitated 4-hour sessions and is looking for new members for their winter/spring 2018 session.  To learn more or to enrol, please contact James Miller, Assistant Manager by email. James.Miller@posAbilities.ca or call (604) 291-1902. Details are also on page 5 of the PosAbilities Newsletter
WHERE: The Tuesday Triple currently takes place at posAbilities Employment Service,  #307 – 3680 East Hastings Street, Vancouver.

An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

This 30 hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, with a small group of participants reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. For course fees and other information CLICK HERE
WHEN:January 22nd – January 26th
WHERE: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

 Skills for Healthy Relationships – A Workshop Series for Teens

A program for navigating social interactions, self care and relationships for neuro-diverse youth 13 years and older. Starting February 8th this 6 week program is lead by Nicky Waring a Sexual Health and Relationships Educator and is co-sponsored by Kinsight. See THE WEBSITE for details, fees and registration information. 

Sexual Health Workshop Series for Parents and Caregivers

 These 4 workshops, running from January 11th to February 1st, are lead by Nicky Waring a Sexual Health and Relationships Educator,  For more information see THE WEBSITE. Early bird registration rates are available until Dec 15th.


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Goodies to Share Made by our Talented BACI Baking Groups

Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services

For people with an intellectual disability and mental health needs getting the right help can be challenging. Fraser Health has a program for people who face just these challenges that serves those living in Burnaby. Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services can provide individualized assessment, treatment, education and more. For more information including how to make a referral see THE WEBPAGE.

Canada Revenue Agency to have a Disability Advisory Committee

The federal government has reinstated the Disability Advisory Committee. This committee with connect with a wide range of stake holders and take their views into account as it administers tax measures for people with disabilities. She the full announcement on THE WEBSITE.

Recent Stories in the News

From The CBC News “3 B.C. police departments have partnered with MedicAlert so they can quickly access vital information”
From Kelowna Now “Tamara Taggart speaks out about the school system’s treatment of kids with disabilities.”
From The CBC News “Liberals to Scrap Policy that Rejects Sick, Disabled Immigrants.”
From The Tyee “Parent Survey Shows Schools Excluding Kids with Special Needs”

Last Minute Shopping? Check out Stages of Creativity

North Shore Disability Resource Centre –  Stages of Creativity has all kinds of goods for sale including lip balm, soy candles and bird houses. Check out the WEBSITE or call 604-984-6568. Be sure to ask about the Friday Pop-Up Store. 

Annual bus pass available through new disability-assistance supplement: 

Beginning on January 1st, 2018 people who receive PWD benefits will get a new transportation supplement of $52.00 a month. This can be used to buy a bus pass or for other transportation costs. Learn more at The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction WEBSITE.


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.

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 December 14th, 2017