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.
WHEN:  Saturday, October 14th, 6:30 pm  – 8:30 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, October 16th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Brentwood Park Plus Daycare, 1455 Delta Avenue, Burnaby

Special General Meeting: This short special meeting is being held so that our members can vote to update BACI’s by-laws and make them compliant with British Columbia’s Societies Act.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 am
WHERE: Large Ed Centre, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Ave. 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, call the Advisors Gerry Juzenas or Gregg Schiller at 604-299-7851 or e-mail:
WHEN:  Monday, October 23rd, 10:30 am – Noon.
WHERE:  Boardroom, BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Avenue, Burnaby

BACI Halloween Party: Win prizes for best costumes! Pizza, Drinks, Dancing & Treats! Celebrate the kick-off of the 2017 United Way Campaign! Bring your loonies for a chance at one of the fabulous gift baskets!
WHEN: Thursday, October 26th,  4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St. Burnaby

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, November 6th, 6:00pm  – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Family Gathering Place, 7716 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

Kudos:  Looking for some new adventures this fall?…..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.

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: 


The Essentials of a Basic Plan for Your Future: Nidus Personal Planning and Resource Centre is offering this free presentation which gives an overview of Representation Agreements, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney at the Bob Prittie Library in Burnaby. It is one of many events being held in Metro Vancouver during October, BC’s Personal Planning Month. For a full list of events click HERE or visit the NIDUS WEBSITE.
WHEN: Thursday, October 12th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Bob Prittie Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby

Looking Forward: At this free workshop siblings will share their stories. Learn about two very different care arrangements, and hear how siblings and their families successful made the transition to continuing quality of care when parents could not longer take the lead. Also Rebecca Pauls, Director of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network will share a new planning tool to help parents and caregivers. See THE POSTER for details and to RSVP.
WHEN: Saturday October 14th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
WHERE: BACI Still Creek Building, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby

Halloween Howl: PosAbilities Stage Door invites all ghosts and ghouls 16 years and older to an evening of fun and dancing with DJ Dead Dread. Tickets are $12.00 at the door. Check  THE POSTER for more information.
WHEN: Friday, October 20th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St, Vancouver

Rockin’ For Burnaby Non-Profits: Tickets for this evening of 60’s music, dancing, free snacks and fun are $20.00. All tickets sold by BACI will benefit our children’s services. Tickets are available at BACI’s Still Creek Reception 604-299-7851. For more information see THE POSTER.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
WHERE: Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds St, Burnaby.

Burnaby familyWORKS :  familyWORKs supports and connects families to work toward employment with their family members who have disabilities.  This month’s meeting topic is “Dream On.” We will talk about planning tools as well as hopes and dreams for the future. Please visit THE WEBSITE for more information.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 25th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Second Floor Meeting Room, Bonsor Community Centre, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby
RSVP: For more information, or to RSVP please contact Rachel Goddyn, 778-386-4046 or

Family Support Institute Trivia Night: Gather a group of friends and take on other trivia answering teams at this fun annual event.  Tickets are $25.00 and all proceeds go toward the Family Support Institute.  Details are available on THE POSTER.
WHEN: Friday, October 27th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
WHERE: BACI Still Creek, 2702 Norland Ave, Burnaby, BC


Links of interest for Burnaby Families:


Future Planning Tool: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network introduces an online planning tool to guide you through the steps of planning for a good life, including financial security, personal network building, estate planning, housing choices and supported decision-making. To learn more and to access the future planning tool go to

BACI’s Annual Report 2017: Getting to the Heart of What Matters: Check out BACI’s wonderful range of accomplishments and initiatives in the on-line version of the ANNUAL REPORT.

Vancouver International Film Festival:  BACI is proud to be a community sponsor of two inclusive offerings at the 2017 VIFF.  Dina is being screened on Oct 7th and Oct 12th. Dina won the Grand Jury documentary prize at Sundance 17. It is the story of Dina and Scott who are in love and beginning a life together while negotiating  the challenges that come with having disabilities. Breathe, which screened in September, is a biographical drama depicting the life of Robin Cavendish who, after becoming paralyzed by polio at age 28, became a tireless advocate for the disabled and a developer of devices to promote independence.

abOUT: abOUT is a community collaboration group for LGBTQIA2S+ people with intellectual disabilities. The group is about connecting, supporting and empowering folks to hold space for each other and with each other, to love and be loved . For information about upcoming events go to the abOUT FACEBOOK page and ask to join. 

BC Throne Speech Announces Initiatives to Improve the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities: Read the Inclusion BC press release with the details of what to expect HERE.

Programs at Kinsight: Kinsite, formerly Simon Fraser Society for Community Living, offers a variety of parent support and education programs in the Tri-Cities and New Westminster. To be added to their newsletter e-mail list you can contact Anne-Marie McGee  at or 604-528-3950 For information about their up-coming sibling groups click HERE.

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 October 5th, 2017