Resource Links for Burnaby & New Westminster Families
Thank you to the STADD Team for supporting local students and families!
The resources provided are meant to assist and support families to stay engaged, informed, and to provide new learning opportunities. May of the programs, supports, and services have moved online.
Here is an index of the types of resources available:
- Arts, Recreation and Music Programs
- Education and Skill Development Youth Programs and Supports
- Health Information and Centralized Community Resources
- Indigenous Resources and Approaches
- Mental Wellness and Health Supports
- Indigenous Counselling and Mental Health Supports
- Online Connections for Youth and Young Adults
- Spring and Summer Camps
- Technology Training and Supports and Library Services
- Webinars, Online Learning and Events
- Youth in and from Care Opportunities
ARTS, RECREATION & MUSIC PROGRAMS ONLINE
Here is a list of online arts, recreation and music programs available through different communities in the Fraser Valley. Because they are online you can access them regardless of the community, you’re in! There may be some interesting opportunities to do as a way to spend respite or community inclusion hours.
City of Abbotsford
Art Gallery and Museum (free classes) https://www.thereach.ca/calendar/
City of Burnaby
Check out the various things to do https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Be-Active-Programs.html
City of Coquitlam
At Home Fitness (pre-recorded) https://www.coquitlam.ca/981/Fitness-at-Home
City of New Westminster
Fitness Fridays (pre-recorded) https://www.newwestcity.ca/2020/05/12/virtual-fitness-classes.php
City of North Vancouver
Arts Council classes (fees required) https://northvanarts.ca/education/fall-arts-education/
City of Port Coquitlam
Online Fitness classes (pre-recorded) https://www.portcoquitlam.ca/recreation/weights-and-fitness/virtual-fitness-classes/
City of Port Moody
Paint and Music Set Classes (fees required) https://pomoarts.ca/programs/youth
City of Surrey
Clay and Drawing Set Classes (fees required) https://www.surrey.ca/arts/surrey-arts-centre/art-courses-workshops-camps
City of Maple Ridge
Online Fitness (pre-recorded) https://mapleridge.ca/2428/Online-Fitness
EDUCATION & SKILL DEVELOPMENT YOUTH PROGRAMS & SUPPORTS
Adult Special Education | Vancouver Community College | For More Info: Click Here
VCC’s Community and Career Education (CACE) Department offers adult special education programs and courses for students with disabilities. Areas of study include career awareness and exploration, food service careers, retail and hospitality, computer applications, literacy, and numeracy. Group tours are also welcome. To arrange please call 604-871-7000, ext. 8451.
Cashier Training Enrolment | Douglas College | For More Info: Click Here
The Customer Service and Cashier Training Program is a 14-week training program that is designed for adults with employment barriers. It allows students the opportunity to expand on industry specific knowledge and skills. Classroom instruction includes training in customer service, cashiering, communication and teamwork skills.
Emily Carr & SFU Openings September 2021 | Steps Forward | For More Info: Click Here
We are excited to announce that we have 2 student openings for SFU and one student opening for Emily Carr for September 2021 and applications are now open. The Application Deadline is January 31, 2021 and Applicant Interviews will be held February 2021.
Frames Film Program | Drive Youth Employment Services | To apply visit: http://www.framesfilmprogram.com
The Frames Film Program is looking for Indigenous youth and their peers for our Spring Cycle #26! Our upcoming 12-week cycle will run online using Google Classroom and in-person with weekly video and photography exercises to do at home or safely in the community. Our program starts on January 19th and will run every TUESDAY evening from 7 pm to 9 pm (online) and 6 pm to 9 pm (in-person, when allowed) until April 6th, 2021.
Indigenous Support for Student Learning Program | The BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society | To register: click here
This program is for Indigenous students who have limited financial resources, including those students living with disabilities. Students must be of low-income and enrolled in formal education. Students will receive a laptop, disability related software, and hardware accessories.
Workplace TASK Program (Online) | University of the Fraser Valley | For More Info: Click Here
UFV’s Workplace TASK is an eight-month program that offers students with disabilities the opportunity to learn self-management and employment skills.
Compass Program | Easter Seals | Next Course Begins February 8th, 2021 |Link to register: https://www.eastersealsbcy.ca/compass/
The Compass Program is a 16-week course based on the comprehensive curriculum developed by the Adoptive Families Association of BC for youth aging out of government care and has been modified for youth with disabilities. It runs Monday to Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
Customized Employment Support | WorkBC | For More Info: Click Here
If you’re looking to access WorkBC Customized Employment supports, click the link above and review the video tutorials for how to register with WorkBC and how to create an application for supports and services.
Impact Youth Employment Research Project | posAbilities | For More Info Email: employment@posAbilities.ca | Phone 604-299-4001 ext. 342
An initiative for youth ages 14 to 19 who are currently enrolled in high school and searching for career opportunities.
Job Options | Pacific Community Resources Society | For More Info Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone 778-239-7495
Pacific Community Resources Society is offering a free virtual job training program with workshops on life and employment skills, one on one support with resumes, cover letters and interviews, skills and career assessments, and a weekly training allowance. Open to folks 17 and older who are unemployed, not receiving EI or CERB, and who are not students.
LEAP: Learning Employment Action Plan Program | CBI Consultants | For More Info: Click Here
CBI is pleased to announce our new Learning Employment Action Plan program (LEAP) for youth aged 15-30 who face barriers to employment. These barriers can include disabilities and mental health concerns, but also those in or leaving care of the child welfare system or the justice system, indigenous individuals, those living in rural or remote areas, and more. Thanks to federal funders, we have been able to expand our services to a broader range of individuals facing employment barriers, and at no cost to participants.
posAbilities Job Club | posAbilities | For More Info Visit: https://pesworks.ca/
posAbilities Employment Service assists individuals with diverse abilities to prepare for, secure and maintain competitive employment.
Ready Willing Able | Canucks Autism Network | For More Info: https://www.canucksautism.ca/ready-willing-able-rwa/
If you are an individual with autism looking for work, Ready, Willing and Able is a national initiative that engages, educates, and supports employers to hire people with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Canucks Autism Network is an RWA partner co-delivering the program with Inclusion BC in BC.
Supported Employment Recovery Fund | Inclusion BC | Applications open on January 25, 2021 | For More Info: https://inclusionbc.org/supported-employment-recovery-fund/
New funding announced today will help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic reconnect to employment.
Technical Training Certificate Program | Semiahmoo House Society in partnership with PICS and Kwantlen Polytechnic University | For More Info Email: email@example.com
The Technical Training Certificate Program allows youth and/or adults (between the ages of 19 and 30 years old) with diverse abilities to receive introductory level training in one of two technical streams: a) underground utility location or b) security alarm / cabling installation (low voltage). The program runs March 1st to June 4, 2021.
Information sessions are every Thursday via Zoom:
- 10 am to 11 am or
- 1 pm to 2 pm
To register for an info session email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC Recovery Benefit | Province of BC | https://www.etax.gov.bc.ca/btp/BCRBP/_/#2
The BC Recovery Benefit (the benefit) is a one-time direct deposit payment for eligible families, single parents or individuals. Benefit eligibility is based on net income from your 2019 tax return. You must apply to receive the benefit.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) | Revenue Canada | For More Info Visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-caregiving-benefit.html
COVID 19 Provincial and Federal Benefit List | Province of BC | For More Info Visit:https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/financial-benefits
FSGV – C-19 Money Navigator – Our free COVID-19 Money Navigator is here for you, providing multilingual support for you and your family during this difficult time. Our Navigators and Coaches will help connect you to any benefits and financial supports you qualify for now. Our chat and helpline hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. Contact us now for confidential, non-judgmental, professional support in English, Español, Việt, Français, 粵語 (Cantonese), 普通话 (Mandarin), and برای ایجاد (Farsi). For additional language support, please use our chat feature.
Better Together Veterinary Funding Support | Paws for Hope | For More Info: Click Here
Paws for Hope recognizes the positive effect that pets have on vulnerable individuals, including those people that are homeless. By providing basic veterinary care for pets of our vulnerable neighbours, we are reducing the demand on BC’s animal protection system and supporting people in communities across the province.
Through partnerships with community organizations that serve low-income and homeless individuals and families, we also help to ensure pets get the medical care they need. The requirements for funding are outlined in the application here: https://www.pawsforhope.org/what-we-do/better-together/veterinary-funding-support-application/.
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program | Canada Revenue Agency | For more info visit: canada.ca/taxes-help
If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, a volunteer may be able to do your taxes for free. This year, volunteers may be able to complete and file your taxes virtually by videoconference, by phone, or through a document drop-off arrangement. For more information, go to.
Disability Planning Helpline | PLAN Institute | For more info visit: Click Here
Did you know that at Plan Institute, we have a free Disability Planning Helpline that you can call toll-free from anywhere in Canada? Our team of eight advisors specialize in providing advice to families and individuals on disability topics including the Disability Tax Credit, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, trusts & estate planning, advocacy approaches, government benefit programs, social network building and more.
Webinar Replay – Financial Literacy Meeting Video | Square Peg Society | To view click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDTz3QZg4ts&feature=youtu.be
HEALTH INFORMATION AND CENTRALIZED COMMUNITY RESOURCES
City of Burnaby Coronavirus Webpage | For More Info: Click Here
The community of Burnaby has created a website that provides information and links to health, community and social supports available during the time of COVID restrictions.
City of New Westminster | For More Info: Click Here
The city of New Westminster has a webpage on its website with links to health, community and social supports available to residents during COVID restrictions.
INDIGENOUS RESOURCES & APPROACHES
Virtual Medicine Walk | February 12, 2021 | To Register email: email@example.com
We invite you to explore local trees and plants used as Medicine by Coast Salish peoples through a series of short videos narrated by local Elders and healers.
Youth on the Land Program | Fraser Health | Open to Indigenous Youth Ages 12 to 24 | Every 2ndMonday evening | 6 PM to 8 PM | Link to Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/…/youth-on-the-land-winter…
Each event will share cultural teachings, traditional skills-building, health and wellness tips, prizes, and more! Events are being planned according to traditional seasonal activities and ceremonies in the Fraser Salish region.
MENTAL WELLNESS & HEALTH SUPPORTS
Dealing with Feelings Group | Fraser Health | Fridays for 6 Weeks Starting February 5th | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you anxious, sad, worried, overwhelmed? If you want to talk to others who are also feeling this way, join our online group! This is a group for adults with intellectual disabilities who would like to talk to other people about their feelings.
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) | Crisis Centre of BC | For More Info Visit: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/get-help/
This service supports individuals who are or know someone who is having thoughts of suicide. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in up to 140 languages. Operated in partnership with Crisis Line Association of BC.
Youth Counselling and Peer Groups | The Foundry BC | For More Info: Click Here | Phone: toll free 1-833-308-6379
At this time the Foundry is offering the supports listed below virtually. You can find more information about these services that are specific for youth 12 to 24 online. They include things like:
- Virtual drop-in counselling sessions – you can book an appointment with a youth counsellor between 1 pm and 9 pm Monday to Friday. This service is for one session only to help you find the right supports in your community and plan next steps – https://foundrybc.ca/virtual/drop-in-counselling/
- Peer support check-ins – Chat about what’s going on for you with young people who identify as having lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges – https://foundrybc.ca/virtual/peer-support/
- Groups & Workshops for Young People – https://foundrybc.ca/virtual/youth-groups/
- Groups & Workshops for Caregivers – https://foundrybc.ca/virtual/caregiver-groups/
Mental Health and Substances Use Support | Wellness Together Canada | For More Info: Click Here
Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional. Text WELLNESS to 686868 for crisis support through Wellness Together Canada.
Online Crisis Support | Youth in BC | For youth up to age 25 | For More Info: Click Here
This is an online crisis service for youth (up to 25 years of age) to chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Crisis Centre. A range of topics can be discussed such as suicide, sexuality, depression, stress, and relationships. Youth in BC online chat is available from noon to 1am daily.
INDIGENOUS COUNSELLING & MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS
24 Hour Crisis Line for Adults/Elders & Youth | Kuu-us Crisis Response Services | For More Info: Click Here | Phone: toll-free 1-800-588-8717
The KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24-hour provincial aboriginal crisis line for:
- Adults/Elders (250-723-4050),
- Child/Youth (250-723-2040), and
- Toll Free Line (1-800-588-8717).
Online or Phone Counselling Service | Hope for Wellness | For More Info: Click Here | toll-free 1-855-242-3310
Hope for Wellness offers 24/7 counselling and crisis intervention by phone or online chat. Available in French, English, Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.
24/7 Mental Health Support | Metis Crisis Line | For More Info: Click Here | Phone: 1-833-638-4722, provides 24/7 mental health support, including crisis intervention and access to crisis programs.
The toll-free number is available for immediate crisis intervention, but also a variety of other issues like relationship troubles, depression and anxiety, financial issues, and bullying and peer pressure support. The staff who man the lines have the training to assist in many ways. They also have Metis information available like how to connect with your local Metis Chartered Community and information on Metis Service Provider services in 5 locations.
To see our brochure visit: https://www.mnbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Metis-Crisis-Line-Pamphlet-FNL.pdf.
ONLINE CONNECTIONS FOR YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
ClubQuaranTEEN | Burnaby Public Library and Burnaby Youth Hub | For the Zoom Link or More Info Email: email@example.com
Club QuaranTEEN is a low-key virtual program for teens to chat about pop culture, media and life! We meet on ZOOM, watch short films (3-5 minutes long) and discuss them. All teens are welcome!
Community Resource Guide | Burnaby Public Library | For More Info Visit: www.bpl.bc.ca/community-resource-guide
Our Community Resource Guide continues to be updated. Find information on services and resources in Burnaby, BC and beyond to support you during COVID-19. Many resources offered are free or low-cost:
CoMakeDo | For More Info: Click Here
CoMakeDo is an experience platform offering things for people to try and do throughout the week. If you’re worried about learning how to connect online, support is offered to help you get over your technical challenges! This site combines the efforts of many agencies including Kudoz, Real Talk, Meraki and others.
Kudoz | For More Info: Click Here
Kudoz is an experience platform connecting people with and without disabilities to find things to do, together. Locals host one-hour experiences, anything from podcasting to learning Korean. Youth and adults with cognitive disabilities search the platform and book experiences to try. It’s free and there’s no waiting list!
Real Talk | For More Info: http://real-talk.org/
Real Talk is a sexual health initiative aimed at people with cognitive disabilities and their supporters. They host educational/social events where people with a cognitive disability can have open, honest conversations about dating, love, relationships, and sex. Sign up for an upcoming online conversation, movie night and/or check out their resource section. Website –
ZAP | North Shore Disability Resource Centre | Open to CLBC eligible youth 19 and over (or 16+ if currently at home) | For More Info: Email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 604-240-1277
ZAP is a virtual service, on Zoom, for adults with disabilities who are isolated and want to socialize. This program is designed for individuals who want to improve their academic, vocational, life skills and social life during the COVID 19 pandemic. It is free of charge and self-referrals are accepted.
SPRING & SUMMER CAMPS
Spring Break Day Camps | Easter Seals | Open to children 6 to 18 | For More Info: Click Here
Camp Kits are being put together for our online Spring Break Day Camps for kids and teens 6-18 years old. Register early, to ensure you receive a kit before camp starts! Registration is also ongoing for all Online Classes and Camps.
Summer Camp Dates | Easter Seals | Registration opens March 1, 2021 | For More Info: Click Here
Our in-person Summer Camp dates have now been posted online and registration will begin March 1st. Summer camps are being planned at all three of our locations, with enhanced COVID-19 protocols in place.
TECHNOLOGY TRAINING & SUPPORTS & LIBRARY SERVICES
Burnaby Public Library services | For More Info: Click Here
- The Burnaby library is still open for browsing, holds pick-up, computer use, and help
- Virtual and phone help is also available
- Home Library Service is delivering materials to people who are homebound
- If you’re looking to learn more about technology and how to use computers and programs better, check out the section on their website “Learn to use technology.”
Online Computer Training | Burnaby South Neighborhood House | For More Info Email: Rajeeta Samala email@example.com
If you need more help than the support provided at the WebCafe, BNH will pair you up with a volunteer who will meet you online to answer your questions. Volunteers are able to provide support in English, Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Korean and Punjabi. Please email Rajeeta Samala, Adult Literacy Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
YWCA TechLink is a FREE IT and tech support service based in Vancouver, staffed by Lower Mainland residents who have a background in technology. TechLink offers free IT and tech support over the phone and virtually, to support you with any general tech-related queries you might have, such as how to set up devices, make video calls, access government services, and more.
WebCafe (on Zoom) | Burnaby South Neighborhood House | For More Info: Click Here
Would you like to learn how to use email, search the Internet, create files and documents or explore videoconferencing via Zoom, Jitsi, Callbridge and so much more? Volunteer Computer Instructors are available to help you with your computer learning needs. They will assist you with your questions and online application forms (ex. CERB, EI).
WEBINARS, ONLINE LEARNING & EVENTS
CLBC Welcome Workshops | CLBC | 4 Sessions Starting April 13th 2021 in Evenings at 6 pm| For more info or to register email: email@example.com
These workshops are led by a CLBC staff person, an individual served by CLBC and a family member, and give you detailed information about ways to build a good adult life. In these 4 welcome sessions we introduce Community Living BC and show how community and different service and supports fit together in the big picture of adulthood.
Inclusion BC Youth Employment Summit | February 18 to 20, 2021 | Link to register https://inclusionbc.xor.ai/chat#291779
Join us for a FREE 3-day online summit about employment for youth with disabilities! We’ll have employers, employees, and experts with stories and advice to help you get a great job!
Webinar Leaving High School: What’s Next | Family Support Institute | February 1, 2021 | To Register visit: click here
How do you prepare for this big change in your son’s or daughter’s life? This workshop is designed to help families understand how to prepare for their son’s or daughter’s transition from high school into a full life in the community. Drawing on the experiences of many parents and professionals, we will discuss roles and responsibilities, the planning process, planning tools and available resources and services.
YOUTH IN & FROM CARE OPPORTUNITIES
Fed Connects Online Sessions | FBCYICN | For More Info contact: Steve Smith firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-353-3508, Facebook @Steve Smith Work
Fed Connects programming is open to youth in and from government care between the ages of 14-24. Here is a list of the workshops and events scheduled for January and early February:
Financial Wellness with Patricia from the PGT | Thursday, January 28 | 7-8 PM
During our January Financial Wellness workshop, we will check in on how the holidays affected our wallets. We’re also going to talk about debt and how we can look at our financial lives with fresh eyes in the new year. Sign up by January 20!
Cross Stitch Night | Thursday, February 4 | 7-8 PM
Come share some space and learn how to create your very own cross-stitched patch with our youth intern Rebeckah! Sign up by January 20 so we can send you the supplies!