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The Buzz

Upcoming events and information at the Burnaby Neighbourhod House

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So much happened these past few weeks! Our seniors programs created fall crafts and celebrated Halloween, the Rotary Coats for Kids truck was in action, and we hosted our first Volleyball Tournament!

Thank you to all the individuals, businesses and community supporters for supporting last month's Harvesting Hope Campaign with cash donations and non-perishables! With their help, we were able to raise over $17,000 for the BNH Food Hubs! 

Now let's see what's happening these next few weeks! 

Community Events & News

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Burnaby Christmas Bureau

Toy Room and Seniors Gift Hamper registration is now open!

The Burnaby Christmas Bureau provides Christmas cheer for people with low income and living in Burnaby through our Toy Room and Seniors Hamper Program.

  • For families in need, register with us to select new toys for your children ages newborn - 16yrs. Click here for details and print the registration information sheet here.
  • For seniors living with low income in Burnaby, register to receive a Christmas hamper. Click here for details and an application form.
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Volunteers Needed

December 1st to December 24th

at Metropolis at Metrotown

We are looking for dedicated volunteers to join our team as Gift Wrappers and Gift Wrap Supervisors. Your efforts will help make the Holiday Season Brighter for our community.

To apply visit our website at:


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Rotary Coats for Kids

Now accepting donations and gently used winter coats

This fall help our kids in the community have a warm winter coat by dropping off gently used coats at one of our locations or donating cash for us to purchase coats!
Donate here.

Children & Youth

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Family Place

Various Days at Various BNH locations

We offer a number of Family Drop-in programs throughout the community for parents/caregivers with children 0-5 years. Family drop-ins provide a variety of opportunities for families to socialize, to have a safe and fun place to play and learn and to get parenting information. Feel free to join us at any days and locations outlined above.

Please see poster for more details. We also provide family resources at the following link: www.burnabynh.ca/family-resources/.

The program is free for members. Find out how to become a member.


BNH South House – #100 – 4460 Beresford St (604-431-0400)

Brentwood – 2055 Rosser Ave (604-299-5778)

Adults (18+)

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Community Adult Yoga

Tuesdays,  10:00 am – 11:00 am 

at BNH North House

From November 7 to December 12.

Yoga is incredibly beneficial to our overall well-being – it improves many things including flexibility and mental health. Everyone can enjoy the benefits.

Join us for this gentle yoga class, all levels welcome.

BNH Membership required.

See poster for more information and to register contact Ann at [email protected].

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Community Basic Cantonese Program

Fridays, December 1st to December 22nd, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
at BNH South House

We’re thrilled to introduce our new Community Basic Cantonese Program! Join us for 4 engaging sessions where you’ll explore the richness of Cantonese language and culture. All it takes is your BNH Membership plus a $5 Program Fee.

See poster for more details.

Contact Carina at [email protected] to secure your spot.

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Computer Drop-In

Would you like learn to use email, create files and documents, use excel, search the Internet or practice typing and writing skills on a computer? Volunteer Computer Instructors are available to help community residents with their computer learning needs. We offer support in multiple languages.

Drop in to this in-person program at either the North House or South House. No registration required.

You can use one of the Neighbourhood House devices or bring your own device. For more information, email us at southcomputercafe@burnabynh.ca or [email protected].

Please see poster for more details.

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Community Cafes

Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM 

at North House

Drop in to chat and relax, or take part in the activities and games going on that day. Bring your favourite game to share with others or learn something new.

At BNH North, the Mahjong Club is now part of this group and will meet at this time.

This is open to anyone who wants to connect over a tea or coffee with others in the community, and if you want to play table games, so much the better!

BNH Membership required.

See poster for more information or call the North House on 604-294-5444 and the South House on 604-431-0400.

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Stretching and Meditation

Fridays, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM 

at The Amazing Brentwood

We are excited to announce this new class exploring holistic stretching and meditation techniques that combines motion and inaction to cultivate both the interior and exterior of the body. Much like Qi Gong, in this practice you will learn a set of exercises known for rejuvenating and energizing.

With minimal instruction, participants can easily follow along and gradually understand the movements.

See poster for more info. It is a drop-In class. Registration is not required. The program room is next to Purdy’s Chocolate.

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Online English Conversation Classes

various dates and times

Our EAL classes are for people who would like to learn/improve their English skills. These classes are a fun way to practice conversation, make new friends, and try learning! These volunteer-led EAL classes are available throughout the year for beginner to intermediate level students.

If you have any questions about the online classes please call 604-396-7307 or email [email protected]. We can also help you learn to understand Zoom, just let us know! See poster for details.

Seniors (55+)

The November Seniors Newsletter is now available.
Check it out here!

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Safe Online Shopping Workshop

Wednesday, Nov 29th, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Online via Zoom

Interested in doing some holiday shopping? Worried about doing so safely and securely?

Come and attend our workshop on safe online shopping! We will explore how to spot trustworthy websites, how to keep your credit card information secure, buyer protection tips, and more!

Please see the poster for more details

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Caregiver Lunch

Thursday, Dec 7, from 12:30 pm – 4:00 PM

at Brentwood

join us for lunch and a presentation on Tax Planning for Assisted Living and long-term care options. Following the presentation, there will be a self-care activity.

This will be an informative session where you will learn how to best navigate the healthcare system and senior benefits. Your host, David Perkins, is a Senior Financial Planner with Assante Financial Management.

Bring your questions and your appetite!

Please see the poster for more details.

To register: Contact Kathy at 236-885-7303 or [email protected]

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Family Caregivers Journey Series

Thursday, Dec 14th, 10:30 AM to 2 PM

at South House

Are you caring for an adult aged 55 or older? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Connect with other caregivers today. Share your concerns, find balance, and receive emotional support.

Please join us for a workshop on "Walking the Caregiver Path." Lunch and a self-care activity will follow.

To register or for more information, contact Kathy at 604.431.0400 or [email protected].

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Choose to Move - Caregiver Edition

Wednesdays, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
at BNH South House

In this new group you will receive support from an activity coach as well as peer support as you develop a personal action plan to help you meet your movement goals. Keeping active and looking after ourselves is crucial to not only our own health but our ability to care for others.

See poster for details. To reserve your spot or for more information contact Kathy at 604-431-0400 or email [email protected].

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Crochet Workshop 

Wednesdays, 10AM to 11:30 AM
at Brentwood

This class is intended for all levels, so whether you’ve never held a crochet hook before, or are already a seasoned expert, you’ll have fun no matter where you are in your crochet journey. See poster for details.

Call 604-299-5778 to get registered, or for more information.

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English Conversation Class for Seniors

Fridays, from 10 AM to 11 AM
at BNH South House

Do you want to get better at speaking English with others? This might be the program for you! Join Rowena for our English conversation class at the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House to get more comfortable speaking English in a supportive community environment.

This program runs on Fridays from 10am to 11am at our South House.

See poster for details.

To register, email Lea at [email protected] or call 604-431-0400.

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Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors

Thursdays, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 
at Community Hall (5024 Rumble St)

Burnaby Neighbourhood House is launching a new, low-cost, social

activity day program for Burnaby seniors, called TAPS. The program is
funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way of the
Lower Mainland. See poster for details.

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Senior Walking Group

Every other Tuesday
at BNH South House

Stay active and come chat with your neighbours!

Interested? Contact Alexis at [email protected]

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Seniors Connections

Wednesdays, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Fridays, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

at South House

Meet new friends and enjoy lunch ($6 for lunch, Fridays only)! Activities include karaoke, art, bingo, workshops and much more!

See poster for more details. For information about the lunch click here.

Come by our South House and pick up a copy or call 604-431-0400 to have it emailed to you. Please refer to the October 2023 schedule for full program guide and more details.

To register: Contact Lea at 604-431-0400 or [email protected]

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Latin Dancing

Fridays, 10 AM to 11 AM
at BNH South House

Stay active and learn some Latin Dancing with Ivette! 

To register please contact 604-431-0400 or email [email protected]

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Caregiver Support Groups

2nd Thursday of every month 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave)

4th Thursday of every month | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Online via Zoom

Are you a friend or family member who provides unpaid care for an adult or senior?

Are you looking for a safe and confidential group to share your experiences and challenges with?

Are you looking for other resources or workshops to help and support you with this important role?

Join us in-person from 10:30am -12:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday and via Zoom from 6:00-8:00 pm on the 4th Thursday of the Month.

For more information, contact Kathy at 236.885.7303 or [email protected].

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Tai Chi & Sword 

Different levels in different days

at South House

Tai Chi, as an ancient Chinese tradition, is practiced by many today. This slow and graceful exercise helps improve muscle strength and cardio health – that’s why it is so popular among seniors.

If you are 55 years or older, come join one of our weekly classes – whatever your level, we have the class for you. And if you feel like mixing it up, we also offer Tai Chi Sword to bring you different experiences. Click here for the poster.

For more information or to register, contact Lea at 604.431.0400 or [email protected].

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Qi Gong

Mondays, from 2 PM to 3 PM
at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave)

Qi Gong is a personal practice that led to fitness, flexibility, and internal peace that combines the physical benefits of exercise with the spiritual qualities of meditation, leading to full nourishment of both mind and body.

There are many different types of Qi Gong practices, but most of them involve slow-moving exercises that reflect the qualities of nature.

To register please call 604-294-5444 or email [email protected].

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Frozen Meals for Seniors

If you are in need of a little extra support in the kitchen we provide delicious home-cooked meals in our licensed kitchen.

These are available for purchase at the South House for $5 each. Subsidies to help with cost are available.

See poster for details.

For more information please contact Emily at 604-431-0400 or [email protected].

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Dementia Friends Cafe

Thursday, Nov 12, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  

at South House

South Burnaby Neighbourhood House is hosting a dementia-friendly cafe, starting in September.

Every month there will be different topics

from brain health, creating a safe home, getting ready for the holidays

as well as a visit from the UBC IDEA LAB.

Find your way forward with dementia!

Please see the poster for more information and contact at 604-375-5778 or [email protected] to register.

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Senior Peer Support

Mondays, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

at Brentwood

Do you want to make changes in your life?

Are you looking for skills, tools and resources to solve everyday problems?

We have trained senior volunteers who can help you think of possible solutions to these issues and assist you in exploring your options.

See Poster for details.

For more information, contact Kathy at 236.885.7303 OR [email protected].


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Youth Empowerment and Social Gathering

Saturdays, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

at South House

This new drop-in program for newcomer youth will run on Saturdays for 8 sessions from October 28 to December 16. Each week a different activity or topic will be explored, from the educational to just having fun! This is a great opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities with people your own age.

Please see poster for more details

For more information or registration, please contact Xinrui at [email protected].

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Conversation Circle for Arab Women Newcomers

Fridays, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

via Zoom

For those wishing to improve your English conversational skills in a friendly environment, covering a diverse range of topics, come to these online sessions.

See poster for more details and to register, please contact Siham at [email protected]

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Residential Tenancy Workshop

Monday, November 20, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

at South House

Burnaby Neighbourhood House is collaborating with the Chinese Policing Centre to offer this Residential Tenancy Workshop. You will learn about your rights and responsibilities in the rental process, so that you can conduct your rental transactions more confidently and wisely. Topics include choosing the most suitable housing; rental terms and conditions; tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities; handling rental disputes; and sharing of related resources.

See poster for details.

For more information or registration, please email Xinrui: [email protected].

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Digital Literacy for Arab Women Newcomers

Mondays, 12 PM to 2 PM

at BNH South House

Would you like to improve your knowledge of computers in a safe and friendly environment?

    The program is specifically for Arab-speaking newcomer women who are interested in learning how to use a computer and Internet from the basics. Childcare is available.

    See poster for more details.

    Please register at 236-877-2517 or [email protected].

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    Ukrainian Conversation Circle

    Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 

    at BNH South House


    Are you looking for an opportunity to practice your conversation skills?

    This conversation circle will provide the newcomers with an opportunity to connect with each other and practice speaking English, while learning about Canadian culture and their new community from the experienced volunteer facilitators.

    It will be running on Saturdays from October 28 – December 16, 2023.

    See poster for more details and to register, please contact Xinrui at [email protected].


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    Family Place Wednesdays

    Wednesdays, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    at BNH South House


    This Family Drop-in program is for parents and caregivers with children 0-5 years. It provides a variety of opportunities for families to socialize, to have a safe and fun place to play and learn and to get parenting information.


    Please see poster for more details.

    The program is free for members. Find out how to become a member.

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    Multicultural Conversation circle

    Mondays, from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    at South House

    This conversation circle will provide the newcomers with an opportunity to connect with each other and practice speaking English, while learning about Canadian culture and their new community from the experienced volunteer facilitators.

    See poster for more details and to register, please contact Xinrui at [email protected].

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    Newcomer Youth Empowerment Program

    Saturdays, from 3 PM to 4:30 PM

    at Brentwood


    This six-month youth program encourages active involvement and fosters a sense of community, empowering young newcomers to adapt and thrive in their new surroundings.

    For more information, please refer to the poster and register using the QR code on the poster or by emailing [email protected]

    BNH Resources

    BNH Food Hubs

    at both Houses

    We now have Food Hubs in South and North Burnaby. This includes coordination for food security issues for Burnaby residents who are experiencing food insecurity. Burnaby residents and service providers can contact us for more information on available food resources.

    For more information, please see our website here.

    Family Outreach Spport

    at both Houses

    Our Family Outreach Workers are always here for Burnaby families with children 0-12 years old. Our services phone check-ins, connections to local community resources and programs, grocery/food security for low-income families.

    For more information, please see the Family Outreach brochure.

    South House

    4460 Beresford Street

    Burnaby, BC  V5H 0B8


    [email protected]

    North House

    4908 Hastings Street

    Burnaby, BC  V5B 1P6


     [email protected]


    2055 Rosser Avenue

    Burnaby, BC  V5C 0H1


    [email protected]

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