Kudos:   Spend this summer differently: Less couch and more adventure…..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.

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, August 14, 6:00pm  – 7:00 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, August 21, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby

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, please call the Advisors Gerry Juzenas or Gregg Schiller at 604-299-7851 or e-mail: Meetings are not being held in July and August.

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. The group does not meet in July and August. The next meeting will be Sept 9, 2017


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: 


Buddy Club Movie: Come watch Wonder Woman in 3D with other movie fans. Meet for lunch and conversation beforehand at the International Village Mall Food Court. Look for someone wearing a black baseball cap that says Buddy Club. Bring money for your lunch, the movie and any snacks you might want. Buddy Club is sponsored by PosAbilities.
WHEN: Saturday, August 12th, Lunch at 12:30 pm, Movie at 1:15 pm
WHERE: International Village Mall, 88 W Pender St, Vancouver

Free Outdoor Movies at Burnaby Civic Square: Every Thursday in August a family friendly movie will be shown in Burnaby’s Civic Square. Bring your own blanket. Movies will be shown rain or shine. For a list of movies and for more details check THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Every Thursday in August from 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Civic Square, beside the Bob Prittie Library at Kingsborough St. and McKay Ave.

Disabled Community Connection Network: This monthly connection and information sharing group is for people with any disability and is facilitated by and for people with disabilities. The next meeting’s topic is “Overcoming Barriers to Employment and Education.” ASL interpretation and food are provided! See THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Thursday, August 17th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: PeerNet BC, #408 – 602 W Hastings St. Vancouver

RCMP Musical Ride:  Come to Swangard Stadium to see 32 majestic horses and their riders perform thrilling cavalry drills to lively music. As well enjoy other family friendly performers, activities and displays. Tickets are only 10 dollars (Children 5 and under are free) and proceeds will help support local charities. Learn more or find the link to purchase tickets HERE.
WHEN: Friday, August 18, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Swangard Stadium at Central Park, Burnaby

Vancouver Resources Society Party and Prom: Enjoy a Century Plaza buffet lunch, entertainment, photo booth and prizes, and support VRS. This fun event costs $25.00. Please RSVP by August 18th to For more information see THE POSTER.
WHEN: Friday, August 25th, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Pacific Family Autism Network Ballroom, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond

Managing Back-To-School Anxiety: Going back to school after the summer is a big shift in a child or youth’s schedule. The thought of returning to the classroom can give rise to fears of what it will be like to start a new school year. Come hear an expert panel discuss back-to-school anxiety and best practices for managing it. This event is also accessible on-line and by telephone, and is sponsored by The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. For more information see THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 29, Noon – 1:00 pm
WHERE: BC Children’s Hospital, Mental Health Building, 4555 Heather Street, Entrance #85, Third floor room P3-306.

T21 Awareness Walk: The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society is holding a walk to raise awareness, understanding and funds. The day will be filled with entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. For more information, or to register and pledge, go to the EVENTBRITE LINK.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: Hawthorne Park, 10513 144th St, Surrey

Plan Institute Caregivers Retreat:  This special weekend retreat is for family caregivers. It allows them to relax, rejuvenate and connect with other caregivers in a beautiful setting. The weekend involves a gentle schedule of activities including nature walks, painting and collaging, sharing stories, guided meditation, as well as alone time for personal reflection and relaxation. All delicious meals will be included. The cost is $300.00 for a single room, or $450.00 for two people who share a room. To register or for more information see THE WEBPAGE.
WHEN: Friday Sept 8th – Sunday Sept 10
WHERE: Bowen Island

International Gentle Teaching Conference: Gentle Teaching is a unique relational approach to working with people with disabilities. It is centred on building safe, loving and engaged relationships. Developed by John McGee, the method has had success in teaching people who were previously marginalized because of very challenging behaviour. This year the Gentle Teaching International Conference is being held in Vancouver. Learn more at the CONFERENCE WEBSITE. 
WHEN: Sept 19 – Sept 21
WHERE: Coast Plaza Inn and Suites, 1763 Comox St, Vancouver

Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Burnaby Parks and Recreation Fall Leisure Guide: The new Fall/Winter Leisure Guide is now available on-line. Print copies will be available on August 15th. Registration starts on August 16th for most programs and activities. Find a link to the new Leisure Guide HERE.

Kinsight is the New Name for Simon Society For Community Living:  Congratulations to Kinsight for a new name and a new look. Watch a YouTube Video explaining the reasons behind the name change and learn about Kinsight’s mission and vision.

Accessibility Sports Hub: Vancouver based viaSPORT and Microsoft Canada have partnered to develop the Accessibility Sports Hub(ASH) an online chatbot that connects people to sports resources for people with disabilities.

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 August 10th