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The Buzz

Upcoming events and information at the Burnaby Neighbourhod House

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These past few weeks have been busy! Some highlights include the Chilean Cultural Dinner, where we had band play live Chilean music, members participated in yoga sessions, and our kitchen volunteers helped make handmade pita bread for the Friday Seniors Lunch!

We also hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Event to thank our wonderful volunteers. Without our dedicated volunteers, our programs and services such as cultural dinners, wellness sessions, and fun workshops wouldn't exist. Thank you! 

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

Community Events & News


Sharing Cultures Dinner – Philippines

Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00

at Brentwood Park Alliance Church

Join us to experience the flavors of Filipino cuisine. Appetizer: Lumpia; Choice of: Regular Pancit, and Vegetarian Pancit

Dessert: Turon

    Purchase your tickets in advance at the North BNH and Brentwood BNH reception. Limited seats are available, so don’t miss out!

    $8 for Adults & Youth, $5 for Children (aged 3-12), Free for Children Under 3

    For inquiries, call 604-294-5444.


    Sharing Culture Dinner – India

    Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 pm – 8:00

    at South House


    Are you ready to indulge in the tastes of India? The menu includes chickpea curry, samosa and naan and more.
    Have fun with music and children’s activities throughout the dinner!


    Purchase your tickets in advance at the South BNH reception. Limited seats are available, so don’t miss out! $8 for Adults & Youth, $5 for Children (aged 3-12), Free for Children Under 3. See poster for more details.


    Walk & Roll Walkathon - SAVE THE DATE!

    Sunday, June 23rd at 10 AM 

    at South House

    Create or join a team to participate! It's free!


    Registrations are open for our 2nd Annual Walk & Roll walkathon! Join BNH and its integrated agencies for its heartwarming event! This delightful 3 km walk is family friendly and is aimed at promoting the physical and mental well-being of seniors living in our community. Additionally, it aims to raise awareness of the numerous community resources available to seniors. The best part? Registration is free and this enjoyable event is perfect for the whole family! So, let's join hand and make a difference in the lives of our seniors by participating in this amazing walkathon. Create a team or learn more on our website.


    Income Tax Clinic

    BNH North, South, and Brentwood


    The 2024 BNH Income Tax Clinic is now open for Burnaby residents!

    Take the first step by checking your eligibility and filling out our pre-screen online form by clicking here.


    Registrations is required for appointments. All tax services are free of charge, but you must be a member of the BNH. Individual $5 or Family $10 (cash or cheque only).

    Children & Youth

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    Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at Brentwood House


    Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at South House


    Are you looking for a place to unwind, make new friends, and have a blast after school?  Look no further! Our Youth Drop-In Program is here to make your weekday afternoons awesome! Open to all youth grade 8-12 in Burnaby. Meet new people, chill out, play games and work on homework or other projects!

    See poster for more details or contact Emma at [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.

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

    Adults (18+)

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    Community Arts and Crafts

    Thursdays, 10:30 am – 12 pm

    at South House


    Join us for our Community Arts and Crafts Program! Dive into a world of creativity and fun while building connections with fellow enthusiasts. This program runs every Thursday for 4 sessions from April 4 to 25.

    Perfect for beginners, our easy-to-learn sessions are designed to ignite your artistic spark!

    Just a $10 non-refundable supply fee to unlock endless possibilities. Let’s craft some memories together!

    See poster for details.

    Don’t hesitate, sign up today – simply email Carina at [email protected].

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    Community English Conversation

    Thursdays, 10:30 am – 12 pm

    at South House


    Are you ready to meet new people and improve your conversation skills?

    Come to our Community English Conversation Program every Thursday from May 2nd to 30th from 10:30am to 12pm at the BNH South House.

    Have a great time joining in English conversations with community members and meeting new people. Registration required.

    See poster for details.

    To register, please contact Carina at [email protected].

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    Computer Workshops

    Mondays, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

    In-person at Sunset Community Centre


    There are 4 workshops in this series, running from April 8 – 29:

    Microsoft Word (Intermediate)

    Job Search Using Mobile Devices

    Poster Design with Canva (beginner)

    Privacy and Security on Facebook


    See poster for details. To register, please call 604-718-6505 ext. 1 or scan the QR code on the poster.

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    EAL Community Drop- In

    Mondays, 2 pm – 4 pm

    at North House

    This weekly class will run every Monday with the exception of long weekends. Improve your English skills with this class, make new connections and have fun!

    BNH Membership required.

    $5 Annual fee

    $2 Program fee

    Class limited to 20 participants, first 20 Participants will be served for the day.

    For more information, contact [email protected]

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    Burnaby Dudes Club

    Every Monday, 6:00PM- 8:00PM

    at BNH Community Hall (5024 Rumble Street)

    Join us every Monday for an empowering gathering at "A Brotherhood for Men's Wellness." This dedicated space is where men come together to foster physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Our weekly sessions provide a supportive environment for open discussions, sharing experiences, and building a strong sense of camaraderie. Come be a part of this transformative journey every Monday as we navigate the path to a healthier and more fulfilling life together.

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    Digital Literacy Program


    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 the North House, South House or Brentwood. No registration required.

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

    Please see poster for more details.

    In partnership with both SFU Department of Education and UBC Learning Exchange and with funding from the Government of Canada.

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    Community Cafes

    Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM 

    at North House 


    Thursdays, 1 PM to 4 PM

    at South 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.

    Seniors (55+) 

    BNH’s April Newsletter for Seniors is now available!


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    Caregiver Journey Lunch

    Thursday April 18, 10:30 am – 2 pm

    at South House


    If you are caring for an adult who is 55+, join us for the April workshop in our Family Caregiver Journey Series where the topic will be “Understanding Communication”.

    We will share valuable tips on how to communicate effectively, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society. There will also be a session of in chair yoga and lunch will be provided for participants.

    Come to BNH South House (4460 Beresford St.) on Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Please see the poster for more details.

    To register or to learn more, please contact Leila at [email protected] or 604-375-5778.

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    Chinese Coffee and Chat

    Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 3 pm

    at Brentwood House


    Chinese Coffee and Chat is a social program designed to help you engage in social activities, have fun and meet other people who are on the dementia journey.

    Come join us for a cup of coffee or tea and fun activities. The program is available in English and Cantonese from February 28 – April 24, 2024.

    Wednesdays: 1:30-3:00 pm at BNH Brentwood House (2055 Rosser Ave, Burnaby)

    Registration is required. Please contact the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 to learn more or to register.

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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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    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.

    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


    Are you looking for a fun morning of exercise? Come join Ivette at our South Burnaby House for a morning of upbeat dance with our new Latin Beat dance class.

    This program runs on Fridays from 10am to 11am, a perfect addition into your morning and exercise routine!

    See poster for details.

    Email Lea at [email protected] or call 604-431-0400 to register, or for more information.

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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 

    Saturdays, 2:00 P – 3:00 PM

    at the Amazing Brentwood Mall (4567 Lougheed Hwy)

    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.

    See poster for more details or email Ann at [email protected].

    It is a drop-in class at the Amazing Brentwood Mall (next to Purdy’s Chocolate). Registration is not required.

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    Qi Gong

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


    Discover the basic concepts of Qi (vital life force energy). Qi Gong focuses on slow-flowing movement and rhythmic breathing to promote relaxation and health. This gentle practice can add to anyone’s repertoire for health, stress management, and fitness. Join us in enhancing your own awareness of your energy.

    The class is in person at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave).

    See poster for more details.

    For more info, please email [email protected] or call 604-294-5444.

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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

    April, 25th, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    at South House

    Join into a unique space dedicated
    to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers! Our monthly
    Cafe at the South Burnaby Dementia Friends Cafe is a powerful blend of
    support, education, and meaningful engagement and fun.

    Every month there will be different topics
    from goal setting for 2024, dementia awareness, healthy and affordable
    recipes as well as a visit from the Burnaby Crime Prevention Unit with a
    presentation on senior safety awareness.

    Please see the poster for more information and contact Alexis at 604-431-0400 or [email protected] to register.


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    In-Person Conversation Circle

    Mondays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    at South House


    This weekly in-person conversation circle runs from April 15 to May 27, 2024 (no class May 20). Registration required by April 8, 2024.

    Discuss a variety of settlement topics about life in Canada in a friendly and welcoming environment. The small group setting is designed to encourage participation and connection with other newcomers.

    See poster for details.

    To register, please email Xinrui at [email protected].

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    Job Search Workshops

    Fridays, 1 pm – 3 pm

    at South House


    These workshops run for 4 sessions. Please contact Xinrui for available timeslots. You will have the opportunity to:

    • Discuss your employment search,
    • Get help building your resume (CV) and cover letter,
    • Share tools, resources, job search platforms, and social media ideas,
    • Get prepared for job interviews, and
    • Practise your English along with other participants.

    See poster for details.

    To register, please email Xinrui at [email protected].

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    Cook and Chat

    Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm

    Online via Zoom


    This popular program is back! This fun online program will run each Friday. It’s a great way to socialize while you learn to cook new foods.

    Not only will you learn how to cook new foods in the comfort of your own home, but you will learn to save money on groceries, share cultural experiences and build your cooking confidence and skills!

    See poster for details.

    To join the cooking group, email Lynn at [email protected] or call 604-431-0400 and leave a message.

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    Family Place Drop-in

    Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 11:30am

    at 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.

    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.

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    Digital Literacy for Arab-speaking Women

    Mondays, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    at South House

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

    • Get comfortable with using your computer or tablet
    • Gain an understanding of how to use the Internet
    • Get help with on-line information searching

    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. There will be 3 sessions in 2024, running from April 15 – Jul 29 and Sep 9 – Dec 16.

    See poster for more details.

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

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    Welcome to BC - Orienation for Newcomers

    Would you like learning about living in Canada?

    Join us for learning Bc Community, Resources, Legal, Transportation, Schools, Social norms, Tenancy, ...

    For more information see poster and to register please contact Xin Rui at [email protected]

    Burnaby Neighbourhood House is a community driven and community funded agency located on the unceded territories of the Tsleil-Wauthuth (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) nations with a unique focus on neighbours supporting neighbours.

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    4908 Hastings Street

    Burnaby, BC  V5B 1P6


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    Burnaby, BC  V5C 0H1


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