Special News& Events


BACI Youth Summer Camp

Registration is now open for summer camp. Enjoy arts, recreation and day trips plus plenty of opportunities to socialize. This camp is open to Burnaby and New Westminster youth 13 -18 years of age who are MCFD -CYSN  funded. Camp costs $60.00 per week, and all participants must have a Compass Card as the camp will be using transit daily. More information can be found on THE POSTER or from Jen Ghioda at jen.ghioda@gobaci.com
WHEN: July 2 – August 23, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00

BACI Annual General Meeting – Save The Date

BACI’s AGM will be held on Thursday, September 26. If you would like to submit nominations and/or resolutions for the BACI Board of Directors, please  e-mail tanya.sather@gobaci.com by July 5th.

Kudoz – A BACI Sponsored Initiative

Looking for something new to try this summer?  Kudoz is a catalogue of hundreds of splendid learning experiences for adults with cognitive disability. Members book experiences with hosts at a mutually agreed upon time.   Kudoz also holds social and learning events. Kudoz is free and has no wait list. Visit the WEBSITE or view upcoming events on the FACEBOOK page. 

This year BACI received a $40,000 grant from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to expand Kudoz to new communities around the province. 


 Ongoing Groups and Committees


So Much Fun

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, July 8th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm

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

 BACI Chinese Parent Support Group

There are no meetings in July and August.  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

 The Self-Advocate Group will meet again in Sept. Please see THE FLYER for more information.  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 in Sept

For more information see  Advocacy Committee

Events of Interest for Burnaby Families


Happy Canada Day

Canada Day in Burnaby

Celebrate Canada’s birthday on Monday, July 1st with free events in Burnaby at three festive sites. 

Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) Pilot Program

In partnership with the Disability Foundation, March of Dimes Canada’s Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) pilot program is coming to Vancouver. The L.I.F.E. program helps young adults with disabilities make the transition to greater independence by providing new skills and hands-on opportunities for growth and development, including goal-setting,​ life skills, financial literacy and much more. Cost is $5/day.​ Personal care (assistance with toileting and meals) is included. To register for the L.I.F.E. program, each applicant must have a disability, be able to direct his or her own care and be between the ages of 18–30. See the WEBSITE for more information.
WHEN: July 8th – July 19th

Disability Alliance BC Tax Webinar

Step by step tax “Do It Yourself” Webinar for people with disabilities and their families hosted by Disability Alliance BC. These webinars have been so popular that they will now be held on an ongoing basis. For more information or to register click HERE. 
WHEN: Tuesday, July 16th, 10:00 am

Spectrum Society Summer Picnic

Spectrum Society invites their friends and supporters to join their summer picnic. It will be a fun day of socializing, good food and sunshine. Classic picnic fare will be provided. Potluck contributions to share are most welcome. 
WHEN:Wednesday, July 17th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: John Hendry Park – Trout Lake – Picnic Gazebo, 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver

Planning Ahead with PLAN

PLAN has published the dates of their FALL WEBINARS. Learn all you need to know about becoming eligible, opening and maximizing the benefits from a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). This webinar will include an overall understanding of what the RDSP is and how it works, how to become eligible for an RDSP, how to maximize your savings, plus any recent updates and changes to the RDSP. PLAN also has a free RDSP help line. Call 1-844-311-PLAN (7526) to have your questions answered.

Rare Disease Foundation Annual Picnic

The Rare Disease Foundation creates communities of patients, caregivers, health care providers, researchers and supporters, that work together to transform the lives of those living with rare disease. Their annual picnic is an afternoon of games and fun. To register click HERE.
WHEN: Sunday, July 28th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Summer Activities 2019

Check out THIS LIST of activities and camps for kids compiled by our friends at Kinsight.  As well there is a list of summer activities on Autism Community Training’s WEBSITE.


Links of Interest to Burnaby Families


Ready to take control of your health and wellness? Mind Set Go is looking for you!

Anaïd Productions and AMI-tv are looking for individuals of all ages and abilities to share their life-changing journey of health and wellness in the third season of Mind Set Go. This compelling documentary series offers participants the unique opportunity to meet some of Canada’s top Paralympic athletes and learn how they train their body and mind. Learn more HERE.


Canada’s First Federal Accessibility Legislation Receives Royal Assent

Every Canadian deserves the opportunity to participate fully in their community. The Government of Canada developed the Accessible Canada Act to remove the barriers to inclusion persons with disabilities continue to face in society every day. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, attended the Royal Assent Ceremony at the Senate of Canada for Bill C-81, the Government of Canada’s landmark accessibility legislation. Read the full story HERE.

In The News

Burnaby Parks and Recreation’s Spring and Summer Access Service Guide Now Available

Explore specialized and adapted programs in the Access Service Guide.  People with disabilities are also welcome to consider any program in the general Leisure Guide that interests them. Support by a staff or an access volunteer may be available. Contact the access coordinator at 604-297-4576 to facilitate support.Registration for spring and summer programs is now open.

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 June 27th, 2019