The Buzz

Upcoming events and information at the
Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Our staff and volunteers have been busy these past few weeks to make the holidays brighter for local families and individuals living in Burnaby. Our kitchen team made delicious turkey meals, volunteers came by to assemble hampers for our frail seniors, our families enjoyed our Breakfast with Santa event, RCMP hosted a Cram the Cruiser event in support of the Food Hub, and our gift wrap volunteers are busy wrapping shoppers' presents!

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 Giving & News

BNH Holiday Office Closures:
Our offices will be closed from December 26th until January 2nd. 
We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

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 $8,300 and need $2,000 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.

Gift Wrap by donation

at Metropolis at Metrotown (by Winners) until December 24th

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.

Chocolate Fundraiser

8 more suitcases left!! 

Last month, BNH embarked on its first major chocolate fundraiser to fund our children's programs. Our goal was to sell 239 suitcases, and now only have 8 suitcases remaining! These chocolates are great for distributing to your coworkers, family, and friends. The chocolates come in a variety of flavours and are $3 each.

They can be purchased at all BNH offices. More information can be found on our website.

The Province's Empty Stocking Fund

For 104 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 2022 campaign will run until December 31 and during this time funds can be donated online.

STRIDE Burnaby Arts Festival

February 3-12, 2023 

This year's theme, CONNECTION Stride, offers online and onstage performances, community art displays, artist talks, discussion panels, demos, and more! It's all free, for all ages and all by Burnaby artists and presenters. Made by neighbours for neighbours, STRIDE is part arts festival, part community catalyst, and all fun! Learn more here.

Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser

February 25, 2023

The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk on Feb 25, 2023 to raise money for local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Team up, fundraise, walk, and gather for good because it’s cold out there. Learn more at

Children & Youth 

In-Person Family Drop-In 

various dates and times 
at BNH South House and Brentwood

All families with children aged 0-5 years are welcome to join our In-person and virtual family place for circle time, books, and a wide variety of children activities that support your child’s development.
See poster for details.

Words Matter: Improve Communication to Improve Discipline

Friday, December 16th, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
at The Amazing Brentwood (4567 Lougheed Hw)

During this workshop we'll discuss how thinking intentionally about our words can improve communication with our children and increase their chances of success in learning cooperation skills. Childminding is available on site. To register, call 604-294-5444 or email
See poster for details.

Winter Break Camp

a few spots left
at Maywood, Marlborough, Lochdale, Clinton, Gilpin, Stride, and 12th Ave

Are you looking for activities for your kids during winter break? There are a few spots left a various sites. For $75 per day, we have fun and awesome games and activities for kindergarten to grade 7. See poster for details.

Adults (18+)

Cardio Dance Class 

Mondays & Wednesdays, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM 
at The Amazing Brentwood (4567 Lougheed Hwy)

Looking for a new class? Check out this fun Cardio Dance Class coming soon to our new location at Amazing Brentwood Mall!!

For more info see poster and to register, please call 604-294-5444 or email

Quilting for a Cause

Tuesdays, 1 PM to 3 PM 
at North House

Join us for heart-warming and fun quilt/craft-making sessions where you can make new friendships and create meaningful memories. No experience necessary! Know other craft-making techniques? We want to see you too! See poster for details.

If you’re interested, please email or call 604-294-5444.

Qi Gong

Mondays, 2 PM to 3 PM via Zoom
at Brentwood (2055 Rosser) AND via Zoom

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. See poster for details. 
For more info or to register, email or call 604-294-5444.

English Class

Thursdays, from 2 PM to 3 PM
at BNH North House

This beginner level English Conversation class is led by a trained volunteer. See poster here.
For more information or to register, call 604-294-5444 or email

EAL Classes

Various times/dates
via Zoom

English as an Additional Language (EAL) are volunteer-led and are available throughout the year for both beginners and intermediate level students. See poster here.
For more information about the various times/dates, call 604-294-5444 or go to

Digital Literacy Program

Online and in-person available
via Zoom, South House, North House

Do you need tech help? Some people may not feel confident when navigating today's online world. But we can help! If you or your family needs help with online technical support. BNH is here for you! We can support you in Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Korean, and Punjabi.
For more information, please see our poster here.

Seniors (55+)

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

Seniors' Holiday Lunch

Friday, December 23rd, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at South House

Only a few tickets left! Come and enjoy a delicious roast turkey meal with your neighbours to celebrate the holidays! Tickets must be purchased in advance at the South House reception. Tickets: $7 each. Call 604-431-0400 for more information.

Frozen Meals for Seniors

Do you have trouble cooking for yourself at home? Our excellent kitchen team prepares, portions, and freezes home-cooked meals in our licensed kitchen. These meals are available for purchase at BNH South House and are $5 each. For more information, contact or call 604-431-0400.

Form Filling Clinics

Do forms and paperwork make you dizzy and confused? How about having someone beside you to make the process a little bit easier? 
That's where our Form Filling Clinics come to the rescue, providing support in tackling forms for CPP, BC Housing, and more! 
This program is lead by our wonderful trained volunteers and is by appointment only. See poster for details. For more information or to make an appointment, email or call 604-292-3901


Let's Chat Conversation Club

Tuesdays, until December 20th
10:30 AM to 12 PM

via Zoom

Registration for the English Conversation Club for Newcomers is now open! This program is a great opportunity for newest Neighbours to practice English, build confidence, meet new people and have fun! See poster for more details. To register, please scan the QR code on the poster or click here.

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. Note: the Food Hubs are closed and will be open on January 4th (Community Hall) and January 5th (North House).

For more information, please see our website here

Family Outreach Support

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 brochure here. 

4460 Beresford Street
Burnaby, BC | V5H 0B8
Phone: 604.431.0400

4908 Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC | V5B 1P6
Phone: 604.294.5444

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