Special News & Events


 Artists Helping Artists(A.H.A.)

Artists Helping Artists, a BACI sponsored art studio collective, has undergone an exciting relaunch. The studio has new energy and lots of inspiring projects for artists to explore. A.H.A. believes art is a vital element in tolerance and inclusion and a large percent of our membership is made up of artists with complex needs. Registration is open to any person over the age of 16 who would like to create art or who would like to support  artists in the production and marketing of art. No  art experience necessary! See the A.H.A. WEBSITE or connect with Katelyn at artistshelpingartists@gobaci.com
WHEN: Mondays – Thursday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: 7724 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby


 Ongoing Groups and Committees 


Barnet Marine Park, Province of BC

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, August 13th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

North Burnaby Group
Monday, July 16th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm 

BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

The Chinese Parent Support Group will not be meeting in July and August.  See THE POSTER for more information, or contact John Tsang at john_tsang2000@yahoo.ca

BACI Self-Advocate Group

The Self Advocate Group does not meeting during the summer.  Please see THE FLYER for more information about the group.  

BACI Advocacy Committee 

The Advocacy Committee works to promote access and inclusion in Burnaby, British Columbia and beyond.  The Committee does not meet during the summer months

For more information see  Advocacy Committee


Events of Interest for Burnaby Families 


Barred Owl at Byrne Creek Ravine Park


Spectrum Society Summer Picnic

Spectrum Society invites friends and supporters to join them for their summer picnic/potluck. Join with new friends and old for this annual event. For more information see the Spectrum WEBSITE.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 18th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Picnic Gazebo, Trout Lake at John Hendry Park,  3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver

Disabled Community Connection Network(DCCN)

 DCCN is a monthly communication and information group for people of all ages (16+) with any disability. July’s meeting will focus on  language and stigma and the way in which those two concepts affect the disabled community. Help brainstorm  ideas for community projects that shine light on the disabled experience. Come share your lived experiences through lively, peer facilitated discussion. This group is facilitated by and for people with disabilities. The POSTER has more details. 
WHEN: Thursday, July 19th 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Peer Net BC, 408-602 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Real Talk Pizza Party: Chat, eat and share ideas

Folks with a cognitive disability meet over a casual meal, watch some Real Talk videos, and participate in a conversation facilitated by a certified sexual health educator. While this is happening, their families, staff and supporters have their own event at a spot nearby to discuss how best to engage around subjects to do with sexuality. For more information and to register click HERE.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: New Westminster – exact location will be given upon registration.

ConnecTra Workshop

ConnecTra invites you to a workshop all about your personal space! Learn about advocating for your rights and benefits as a person with disability from the Disability Alliance; find out about accessible housing from the Vancouver Resource Society, and explore beautifying your personal environment and that of your community’s, through Disabled Independent Gardeners Association. Light refreshments and amazing company included! Workshop space is limited so RSVP today to book your spot by contacting Steve Street: sstreet@disabilityfoundation.org or 604-688-6464  ext 115
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

BC Summer Institute

What do schools that welcome, include and nurture all learners look like? Creating the Future – Partnerships for Inclusive Learning is a summer conference designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in B.C.’s elementary and secondary schools. Participants will include administrators, teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, therapists and other members of a school based team.
WHEN: Monday, August 20th – Wednesday, August 22nd
WHERE: University of British Columbia

Caregiver Retreat

Every year Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) offers caregivers a week-end of rest and rejuvenation on Bowen Island. 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 single occupancy and $450.00 for two people sharing a room. For more details and registration information see the PLAN WEBSITE.
WHEN: Friday, Sept 7th – Sunday, Sept 9th

Upcoming Conferences

Looking ahead to the fall there are several interesting conference being held in our region:


Links Of Interest To Burnaby Families 


Family Support Institute Offers Free PATH Sessions

PATH stands for Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope. A PATH allows a person with a disability ,along with their family, friends and support network, to create a vision for a good life and express dreams. Then a person centred action plan is developed, one that promotes connection and community. Usually there is a charge for a PATH, but Family Support Institute is offering a free PATH to interested individuals. Contact Valarie Irving at virving@fsibc.com or 604-540-8374 ext 521

Self Advocates are Invited to Tell Their Stories 

Community Living BC and Self Advocate Net are seeking stories from self advocates to be published and shared on-line. Contributors selected will be paid $100.00 The stories should be 250 – 350 words long and 8 stories will be selected each month. By telling stories about challenges, successes and adventures self advocates will find a voice while changing stereotypes and breaking barriers.  See the Self Advocate Net WEBSITE for more information. 

B.C. government promises more study on ‘basic income’

The Government of BC announced that a committee of three academics will research and test the feasibility of a basic-income pilot project in British Columbia. “The researchers will look at whether a basic income is a viable option to reduce poverty, build financial security, and increase inclusion and well-being,” said Social Development and Poverty Reduction Minister Shane Simpson. “Our government looks forward to learning more about how to enhance the income-support system, to achieve measurable and lasting improvements for people living in poverty.” See the full story HERE.

Community Living BC Launches New Website

CLBC has launched a new website to make it easier for individuals and families to find information. The new web site, which can be read from a mobile phone or tablet, is organized around three questions: “Who does CLBC support?”, “What support is available?” and “How do I get support?” Check it out at communitylivingbc.ca

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 for July 12th 2018