Burnaby Interagency E-News

The E-Newsletter is an initiative of the Burnaby Interagency Council and we are thankful that the City of Burnaby’s Social Planning staff has taken on the administration of the E-Newsletter.

Last Updated: May 18, 2023

Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Burnaby Neighbourhood House has the following Employment Opportunities:

Full Time Contract Position: Planner Burnaby Pride
35 hours per week – May 29 – August 18 – See job posting here

Time Summer Positions: Daycamp Program Leader and Daycamp Team Lead

Both positions are full time – 35 hours per week, starting date is June 26 until August 18.

Part Time Position: Seniors Food Program Supervisor
25 – 30 hours per week.

Full Time Position – Director of Operations
BNH is looking for an Operations professional with senior management experience to join our leadership team to oversee the internal functions that will support and manage the growth of our organization. This new position will ensure the smooth running of the administrative and operational side of BNH.

Go to https://burnabynh.ca/get-involved-employment/ to read the complete job posting details.

For Volunteer Positions, visit https://burnabynh.ca/get-involved-volunteer/ for more information.

Burnaby Rent Bank Program The Burnaby Rent Bank provides low-cost, no interest loans to low to moderate income residents of Burnaby who are in rental accommodation. Applicants are at risk of eviction or disconnection of essential utilities due to a temporary and unexpected financial crisis.  Service is provided by telephone, internet and in-person.

Hours of operation: Mon – Fri  9am to 4:30pm, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, phone 604-526-2522, website; https://purposesociety.org/events/categories/rent-bank/burnaby-rent-bank/

Burnaby/New Westminster Family Justice Centre, Ministry of Attorney General Provides information and assistance to families about Family Justice issues, such as separation and divorce, parenting arrangement, and calculation of child and spousal support. Interpreters can be arranged upon request. All services, including mediation and assistance with court process, are FREE and confidential.

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:15pm (excluding Statutory Holidays)

Currently, staff are working in the office Tuesday to Thursday, but booked appointments are still required.  To book an appointment with a Counsellor, please phone the Reception number below.

Contact: Reception # (604) 660-8636

(phones are answered Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, excluding Statutory Holidays)

Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/divorce/family-justice

Burnaby Public Library
  • Hours:
    Monday to Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
    Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
    Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
  • Victoria Day hours: All branches will be closed on Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22.
  • Printing upgrades: We’ve added new features to printing services at all BPL branches including wireless printing, colour printing and $5 of free printing each month for library members.
  • Bob Prittie Metrotown: Is open with regular hours and services during renovations. There is one temporary entrance and exit, accessible from Civic Square. Check our website before planning your visit.
  • It’s birding season! Check out a BPL Birding Backpack and start exploring the world of birds in your area.
  • Home Library & Accessible Services offers free services to patrons with perceptual disabilities and to those who cannot visit the library due to health or limited ability. Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Call 604-436-5400 or email eref@bpl.bc.ca for information, reading recommendations, help with technology, getting a library card and more.
Information Children Free Parent Support Parenting Helpline: 778-782-3548

E-Support: info@informationchildren.com

Parent Coaching: click here to schedule a 30 or 60 min session

Questions or concerns about parenting the early years (0-12)? We’d love to chat with you, offer strategies and suggestions, and provide resources that suit the unique needs of your family. Common topics caregivers ask us about: tantrums, sleep & bedtimes, screen-time limits, adjusting to daycare or new siblings, mealtime struggles.

Pacific Post Partum Support Society Free Postpartum depression/anxiety telephone or text message support (for anyone with children under 3 years old or those supporting them). Virtual support groups available. No referral needed.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm

Telephone or text message support: 604-255-7999

Toll free telephone support Canada wide: 1-855-255-7999

Website: www.postpartum.org

Volentia Healthcare Translation

Free Healthcare Translation Services Available

Volentia Healthcare Translation is a UBC organization providing free healthcare translation services, where a translator can accompany you to your healthcare appointments.  Our volunteer interpreters are undergraduate and graduate students who are native speakers of Mandarin, Korean, or Punjabi.

See attached poster for more information.

ECHO Clubhouse

Canadian Mental Health Association – Vancouver Fraser

ECHO supports individuals, living with a mental illness, in their rehabilitation and recovery journey through holistic services that range from vocational (job, volunteering, education), recreation, health and wellness and life skills. ECHO builds personal efficacy around wellness and provides a safe place to connect, reducing isolation and increasing well-being.

Contact: echoclubhouse@cmha.bc.ca or 604-526-9606

Website: https://vancouver-fraser.cmha.bc.ca/programs-services/echo-clubhouse/

Brochure: https://vancouver-fraser.cmha.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/CMHA-Brochures-ECHO-V3-No-Bleed-1.pdf

Food Access Program for Newcomer, Immigrant and Refugee Families at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society This program provides weekly healthy food hampers and care packages to families with children living in a low-income bracket or on social assistance.

Location: Journey Home Community 7175 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby

For more information and to register, please contact Marianna Gassmann (English/Spanish) mgassmann@pirs.bc.ca (778) 608-4298

Outreach Support for Newcomer, Immigrant and Refugee Women at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society PIRS multilingual team of Outreach Support Workers (OSW) provide one-on-one system navigation and peer mentorship support.

For more information and to register, please contact osw@pirs.bc.ca, (604) 298-5888

Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Walk & Roll Walkathon for Seniors’ Health

Sunday, June 11th  at 10:00 am

This walkathon fundraiser event is to highlight the importance of aging seniors in our neighbourhoods and raise awareness of the many community resources available to them.

The launch point will be at the BNH South House – 4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby – and then the participants will walk a 2.5 or 5 km loop.

Learn more at: https://burnabynh.ca/about_fundraising-event/walkathon/

Pathways to Childcare Careers Program

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

June 5 – August 31

9:15am – 3:00pm (Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri)

Please join us for this FREE occupation-specific English training for newcomer, immigrant and refugee women interested in working in the early learning and childcare field.

  • 14-week program for participants with intermediate level English (CLB 5)
  • practice and develop English language skills
  • receive childcare training with a trauma-informed approach
  • Responsible Adult, First Aid, FoodSafe Certificate training
  • develop pre-employment skills (e.g. interview preparedness and resume writing)
  • 4 weeks of paid work experience.

Location: online and in-person at 7485 Salisbury Ave, Burnaby

For more information please visit out program flyer

To register, please use this link or contact childcare@pirs.bc.ca (778) 608-4168


Trauma-Informed English Classes for Immigrant and Refugee Women

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Apr 4 – June 8,

12:30pm – 2:30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays

This is a FREE multi-level English program (from beginner to intermediate) that allows participants to practice and improve their English language skills, make friends, gain self-confidence, and learn more about Canada.

Children’s program onsite and bus tickets provided.

Location: Journey Home Community 7175 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby

For more information and to register, please contact Marianna Gassmann (English/Spanish) mgassmann@pirs.bc.ca (778) 608-4298


Information Children

Circle of Security Parenting

Thursdays, April 20-June 8, 10am-12pm

April 20-June 8, 2023 | Thursdays | 10am-12pm | online

The Circle of Security Parenting program is based on decades of research about parent-child relationships. We will learn about our child’s emotional needs, how to enhance safety and security in our relationship with our child, how to support their self-esteem, and explore challenges that we may face as parents/caregivers.

Click here to register or see attached poster for more details

New Westminster-Burnaby Youth Council Event

May 19

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Are you a youth interested in voicing out your concerns with the government, such as cost of living or environmental crisis? Where would you like to see change in our communities and across Canada?

The New Westminster–Burnaby Youth Council Event, hosted by MP Peter Julian, provides the youth an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas with their local Member of Parliament. Come join us on May 19th, 4-6PM at Century House for a chance to speak out, make an impact, and get involved!

Free pizza and pop drink will be provided.

SIGN-UP NOW: www.peterjulian.ca/youth_council_event

Vancouver  & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society

Monday April 3 to May 29


Mother & Child Emotional Power Drop-in Group Program

Free drop-in for mothers and caregivers caring for children ages 0 to 6 run by VLMFSS. Group focuses on increasing interest in developmentally appropriate activities to improve children’s social contacts through arts & crafts, singing and playing. Caregivers learn how to promote healthy family relationships, become aware of cross-cultural in parenting and resources in the community while breaking isolation. Sessions take place at Tommy Douglas Public Library on Mondays. To register call 604-436-1025 Ext. 128 and Ext. 146, or email us at cwwa@vlmfss.ca

Learn More

YWCA Survive to Thrive Employment Program

Next Start Date: April 11, 2023, + Continuous Intake

Survive to Thrive is free up to a 12-week program that offers specialized employment and skills training services for survivors of violence and/or abuse.

We are currently accepting participants for upcoming and future cohorts.

Contact us at 604 936 5694 or 778-877-1533 | survivetothrive@ywcavan.org | //ywcavan.org/survive-to-thrive | Click here: Info-Session and Registration Form — referral made easy!

See attached poster for more information

Burnaby Family Life

Family Resource Programs

Spring Schedule (April – June)
ISSofBC May Calendar