Special News & Events
BACI’s Youth Summer Program 2020
Youth will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, social activities in a fun, supportive environment. Fewer participants, mask wearing, physical distancing and hand washing will be followed as directed by the Public Health Officer. This program is open to Burnaby and New Westminster youth 13 -18 years of age who are MCFD -CYSN funded. Camp costs $75.00 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 and THE REGISTRATION FORM. If you have questions contact Jen Ghioda at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: July 6 – August 28, Hours to be determined
Holdom Overpass Will Have Big Impact
At BACI’s General Meeting our Co-Executive Directors, Richard Faucher and Tanya Sather, shared how BACI is planning to adapt to the changes the new Holdom overpass will bring. The draft plan calls for the overpass to be built directly beside our Still Creek Building. The impact would be significant. Still Creek would not have the transit access and pleasant grounds that we enjoy now. Our Directors and Board are hard at work investigating possibilities (including moving to new locations) and negotiating with the City of Burnaby who owns the land Still Creek sits on (BACI owns the building, and the land is leased for a nominal amount each year.) With a change this big, we want input from the individuals we serve as we move forward. Please contact Richard Faucher, email@example.com, if you would like to participate in our self advocate consultations, or if you have questions or concerns.
Watch an 8 MINUTE VIDEO created by the Port of Vancouver, explaining the project.
BACI’s Co-Executive Director is Interviewed by The Source
In a story titled “BACI strives to sustain beacons of inclusion beyond the pandemic” BACI’s co-executive director Richard Faucher highlights BACI’s vision and achievements particularly in light of the pandemic. Read the full story HERE.
Pandemic Learning – How is COVID-19 affecting you?
We know that the last few months have been unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. There have been low points and things to celebrate, and lots to learn from. To capture some of this learning, we are launching a Pandemic Learning process with our Community Living partner organizations. We’re capturing small stories of memorable moments, decisions, or things you’ve had to do differently. We would love to hear from people with developmental disabilities, family members, home share providers, front line staff, managers and directors.
You can reach out to one of our Story Collectors — firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-561-6440, or email@example.com or 778-888-5314 — or you can share your story directly using this online story form. If you’d like to find out more about this project, please go to our website.
Events of Interest to Burnaby Families
My Booklet BC
MyBooklet BC is a FREE online tool that individuals and families can use to create a beautiful and personalized information booklet to store and share their strengths, gifts, goals and much, much more. It is one of the personal summary options individuals with diverse abilities and their families can use to request services funded by CLBC during their transition process. Family Support Institute invites you to a FREE MyBooklet BC zoom session presented by Lydia Kang – the creator of myBooklet BC. Learn how to create your booklet and how the booklet can be used to support planning and transitions.
Click HERE to register for the Monday, June 29th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm session OR
Click HERE to register for the Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:0 pm session
EmploymentWorks is a program for individuals with disabilities who are over 15 and want to get a job. It offers employment preparedness training and support as well as job sampling. Due to the covid-19 pandemic the program is currently being offered on-line. The next cohort starts in Sept. If you would like to learn more contact Anjela at 604-207-1980 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or view the POSTER.
Registered Disability Savings Plan Webinars
Over the next months Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) Institute is offering free webinars for those wanting to learn about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). Level 1 is for those who want to learn what an RDSP is, who qualifies, how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit, and how to open an RDSP. Level 2 is for those who already have an RDSP and want deepen their knowledge and learn how to maximize growth. See all the dates and times HERE.
New Spots added to Easter Seals Virtual Summer Camp
Easter Seals Summer Camp experience, for children, youth and adults with diverse abilities is coming to the online learning world. Through interactive, fun and social online activities and programs, campers of all ages and diverse abilities learn with trained counsellors through role-playing game adventures, crafts, drawing, cooking and more. Easter Seals Camp@Home has proved so popular that new spots have been added.
Links of Interest to Burnaby Families
City of Burnaby Continues with Reopening
Many of Burnaby’s facilities, services and programs are reopening, often with new policies and procedures. It is important that the reopening is done in a safe way that does not undo the hard work our community has done to flatten the curve. This WEBPAGE gives up-to-date information about the facilities and programs that are open or opening. Burnaby Parks and Rec Summer Camps begin the week of July 13th. There are spots for children with disabilities. Details are to be announced.
Connection and Resource Guide
Community Living BC has created a Connection and Resource Guide to help families and individuals find supports during the covid-19 pandemic. Sections include Connection, Mental Health, Things to Do, Tools and Resources.
Ministry of Children and Family Announces New Supports
Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development announced that BC will be extending interim measures, including a new round of funding and supports for children with special needs and youth aging out of care, to help children, youth and families through the ongoing pandemic. The Minister stated “As a Province, we’re moving ahead with a restart plan focused on restoring services that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. In the meantime, vulnerable youth and families can continue to rely on interim supports to help them through this time of transition.” Click HERE to see the full press release
Media coverage of Ministry of Children and Family failure to support families during Covid-19
Despite announcement of extra funding and promises of assistance many families have been coping with severely diminished supports and services since mid March. An excellent 9 minutes piece on CBC’s Early Edition acknowledges that families are at the breaking point. Listen to the full story HERE.
British Columbians Invited to Share their Ideas about Pandemic Recovery
While announcing the ways in which British Columbians can share their ideas, Premier John Horgan stated “Throughout the pandemic we’ve been meeting with businesses, labour, First Nations, not-for-profits and more to get their perspective. We’ve heard lots of good ideas, and we are taking action. We want to hear directly from British Columbians to make sure the recovery works for them.” Find out how you can participate from the WEBPAGE.
In The News
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