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The Buzz

Upcoming events and information at the Burnaby Neighbourhod House

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Tis the season of giving here at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House! These past few weeks we have seen so much generosity from our neighbours, community members, and businesses. Our Neighbourlies mascot Boomi was onsite at the Burnaby Village Museum spreading holiday cheer, the Burnaby Firefighters hosted their annual Toy Drive at Metropolis at Metrotown, Gilmore Community School hosted a sock drive, RBC Insurance hosted a Food Drive, and Parkland generously donated towards the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.

Before we see what's happening this month, we all here at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy, and healthy holiday. We will see you in the New Year!

Community Events & News

BNH Holiday Office Closures:
Our offices will be closed from December 25th until January 1st.
We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.

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Lights On BNH

make a financial gift and help keep

our programs and services in place!

Thank you so much to all the individuals and community business leaders who have contributed so far to our holiday campaign. We have raised approximately $7,300 and need $2,700 to reach our goal! Please consider making a donation or spreading the word so we can continue to provide accessible programs and services for the community.

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Sharing Cultures Dinner – Yalda Night

Tuesday, December 19, 6 pm – 8 pm 

at South House

Join us for a heartwarming Yalda Night celebration at BNH, hosted by our incredible settlement team! Food, live music, and engaging activities for the children. Let’s create unforgettable memories together!

Tickets : South House (4460 Beresford St)

Adults (19+) $8

Youth (13 – 18) $8

Children $5 and Under 3 are free.

For more information, check out the poster.

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Cram the Cruiser!

Tuesday, Dec 19, from 8 AM to 2 PM

at Superstore Metrotown

Wednesday, Dec 20, from 8 AM to 2 PM

at Safeway Burnaby Heights

Officers from the Community Response Team will be collecting donations of non-perishable food, grocery gift cards, and cash to support BNH’s food hubs, which support people experiencing food insecurity. See RCMP link for more details.

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Gift Wrap by Donation

December 1st to December 24th

at Metropolis at Metrotown (by Winners)

Need gifts wrapped? Consider heading to BNH's Gift Wrap booth at Metropolis at Metrotown (by the Winners/Homesense store), and get your presents wrapped by our trained volunteers! Funds raised will go towards our Youth Leadership and Seniors Program.

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Burnaby Christmas Bureau

Toy Room registration is open!

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

  • 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.
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The Province's Empty Stocking Fund

For 105 years, The Province's Empty Stocking Fund has been dedicated to making the holidays brighter for B.C. residents who are less fortunate. With the generosity of our readers and supporters, the fund gives money to B.C. community organizations that provide food hampers and gifts to children, needy families and singles. The 2023 campaign will run until December 31 and during this time funds can be donated online.

Children & Youth

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Free Drop-in Flu and COVID Vaccine Clinic at BNH

December 18, 9:30am-12:00pm

at South House

December 22, 9:30am-12:00pm

at Brentwood House

Let's get vaccinated! Take steps to help you stay healthy and to help protect love ones during the Holidays.

Feel free to bring your family, friends, and neighbours to get their vaccines or to just ask questions about the recommended Flu and COVID-19 shots.

This drop-in clinic supports the Burnaby community in reducing barriers to access vaccines.

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Winter Program for K to Gr 7

Dec 22 - Jan 3, (closed for Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1), 7:30am- 5:30 pm

spots still available!

December is here! Looking for activities for your kids during winter break? BNH is proud to bring back our Winter Break programming for Kindergartners to Grade 7s! See poster for detail.

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

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BNH Youth Connections Grant Program

apply now!

The BNH Youth Connections Grant program is an upstream, youth-led, community asset building and well-being program designed to engage youth to improve Burnaby neighbourhoods. This program is open to youth of all genders and ethnicities aged 12 to 17 living in Burnaby.

You can apply for a grant up to $500, to share your ideas, gifts and talents with your peers or neighbours, and to help you bring your project idea to life. Once you have applied for a grant and your project has been approved, you do not need to pay the money back.

To apply, please complete the application form and email it to John at [email protected].

See poster for more details.

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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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Chronically Queer Support Group

2nd Wednesday of month, 6:00 pm – 8:00 Online or in-person at South House 

Chronically Queer (CQ) is a peer-facilitated support group for 2SLGBTQIA+ people who identify as chronically ill, crip, disabled, mad, and/or neurodivergent.

CQ is a supportive, caring, and welcoming environment where participants can be themselves fully and openly without fear of judgment. At this group meeting you will have an opportunity to be in community, share personal stories, listen to others, learn coping strategies and advocacy skills, and hear about potential paid opportunities.

See poster for more information or connect directly with CQ at [email protected] or 778-723-5387.

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Community Adult Yoga

January 9 to March 12, 2024.

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am 

at BNH North House

Yoga is incredibly beneficialto our overall well-being – it improves many things including flexibility andmental health. It can help reduce anxiety and stress while increasing yourstrength. Everyone can enjoy the benefits. All levels welcome!

BNHMembership required.

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

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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.

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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.

This class will run up until Friday December 15, 2023. The 2024 Winter term runs from January 18 – March 29.

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 December Seniors Newsletter is now available.
Check it out here!

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Soup Lunch 

Mondays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

at North House

We’re so excited to  bringing back "soup on Mondays"!! Join us for a bowl of healthy soup and a fresh bread bun. Stay a while and chat and connect with your neighbours. Freshly made tasty soup and a bread roll for $2.

BNH Membership required.

See poster for more details or contact us on 604-294-5444.

No registration required.

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Ukulele Classes

January 9, 2024, to March 26, 2024.

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

at South House

This is a new 12-week class starting in the New Year! It’s a no-experience-required Ukulele Class for folks with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers as well as seniors.

Over the duration of the course, you will learn 3 – 4 chords and a variety of song choices and different decades of music.

 See poster for details.

To register for all 12 classes, please contact Alexis at 236-885-7281 or [email protected].

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Seniors Form Filling Clinics

By appointment only | All locations

Need help completing your CPP, OAS, GIS, BC Housing Registry, SAFER or BC Bus Pass application?

Trained volunteers will assist you with completing forms and provide information about local resources and services to help meet your needs.

See poster for details, and please contact Charlene to book your appointment at [email protected] or call 604-292-3901.

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Grocery/Meal Delivery Program

We provide food hampers, prepared meals, and grocery shopping & free delivery to seniors who are living with health challenges and are experiencing food insecurity.

For more information, contact Emily at 778-288-3747 or [email protected]

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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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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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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.

This class will run up until Saturday December 16, 2023. The 2024 Winter term runs from January 20 – March 30.

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

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Frozen Meals for Seniors

Do you have trouble cooking for yourself at home?

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 $7 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, Dec 21, 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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Friendly Phone Calls


Stay connected through weekly phone calls from a volunteer! Click here for the poster.

For more information: Contact Alexis at 604.431.0400 or [email protected].

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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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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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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.

    The class runs until December 18, 2023 and resume Jan 8, 2024.

    See poster for more details.

    Please register at 236-877-2517 or [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.

    BNH 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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