Special News & Events


BACI Craft Fair

Are you crafty? Do you want to share your talent with others (and make a little extra money)? You can be a part of the BACI Craft Fair. Not crafty? Come along and do some shopping for gifts and treats.
Please contact lyn.king@gobaci.com or call 604-299-7851 to register for a table or for more information.
WHEN: Friday, December 8th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
WHERE: Large Ed Room, Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Ongoing Groups and Committees: 

South Burnaby – Music on Mondays

Family fun for young children with action songs and a music sing-a-long lead by a registered music therapist. Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact Susan Kwan: susanstkwan@gmail.com or 604-720-0028.
WHEN: Monday, December 4th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

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North Burnaby – Music on Mondays

Family fun for young children with action songs and a music sing-a-long lead by a registered music therapist.
Please see THE POSTER for more information or contact Susan Kwan: susanstkwan@gmail.com  or 604-720-0028.
WHEN:  Monday, December 11th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby

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:

This group does not meet in December. 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


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Events of interest for Burnaby Families: 


UN International Day of Persons With Disabilities Celebration:

This free celebration features an art show and sale, live music, performances, workshops, talks and much more. This Project EveryBODY event has something for everybody. A schedule of the day’s events and registration information is available on THE WEBSITE.
WHEN: Friday, December 1st, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver


UN International Day of Persons With Disabilities Film Festival:

InclusionBC, BC Self Advocacy Foundation and the National Film Board partner to bring you a two-hour program of seven Canadian short films including the world premiere of BC’s own Disability Pride 2017. Tickets are $10.00 To buy your ticket or for more details click THIS LINK.
WHEN: Sunday, December 3rd, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St, New Westminster

A Workshop on Community Mapping:

The Community Living BC Vancouver Community Council invites you to come to a Community Mapping Workshop to learn about yourself and your community, to meet new people, and to have fun! We all benefit from knowing more about the people, organizations, and programs that make up our local Vancouver Community. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
PLEASE RSVP to Lyn Olivo at Lyn.Olivo@gov.bc.ca
WHEN: Sunday December 3rd 3:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: Community Living BC 3rd floor, 210 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC

familyWORKS Holiday Party

Everyone is invited to Celebrating Our Gifts, a free evening of entertainment and refreshments provided by talented young adults with disabilities. Contact Rachel Goddyn at 778-386-4046 for more information or see the event POSTER.
WHEN: Monday, December 4th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: The Cafeteria at BACI’s Still Creek Centre, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Parents of Youth with Disabilities Transition Group:

An education and support group for parents of youth and young adults (14 – 24) with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood.  Please see THE WEBSITE or the Winter 2018 FLYER for future dates and topics. For more information contact Liz & Yuko at transitionparents@gmail.com
TOPIC: Behaviour Challenges with Behavioural Services Co-ordinatior Ryan Bazylak
WHEN:  Wednesday, December 6th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE:  East Side Location – DDA’s  Kaslo Hub, 3455 Kaslo St, Vancouver

Vancouver School Board Post-Secondary Transition Fair:

 Transition Fair for Secondary Students with Diverse Abilities This fair provides current information on services, programs, and resources that exist to support students transitioning from high school to adult life. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to presentations, ask questions, and collect materials from all the organizations at the fair. You do not need to be a Vancouver student to attend.
WHEN: Thursday, December 7th, 2017 2:00-6:00 pm
WHERE: John Oliver Secondary School Cafeteria, 530 East 41st Ave, Vancouver

Sexual Health Workshop Series for Parents and Caregivers:

Kinsite is offering a series of 4 workshops in January 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:

Recent Stories in the News:

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”

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.

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC) Online Auction: 

Help the CPABC raise much-needed funds for programs and services. Bid on incredible experiences, gift certificates and prize packages. Click THIS LINK to go to the auction site.

Survey on Restraint and Seclusion in BC Schools: 

In 2013, Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute became aware that children were being subjected to restraint and seclusion in school. The Ministry of Education was urged to take action to require documentation and reporting of all incidents. InclusionBC is asking parents/guardians to complete this 10 – 15-minute survey reviewing current practices. Responses will remain completely anonymous and will drive Inclusion BC’s ongoing advocacy to eliminate such practices while improving supports within our schools.

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