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Accent Inns InnAid community Expo 2009
Accent Inns InnAid community Expo 2009

One of the key values for us at Accent Inns is supporting our communities. We do this by hosting or sponsoring events, volunteering and participating at others. This is all done under our InnAid program banner. This column is our opportunity to tell everyone about the great charities and non-profit associations that we are so proud of and are thrilled to be working with.

 
 

Victoria Truck Light Parade – watch it, support it

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

2013 Truck Light parade _croppedBreaker Breaker… looks like we got us a convoy coming Saturday night, December 6th. The annual IEOA (Equipment owners association) truck light parade will head through Victoria BC.  From 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm, main streets, side streets and even back streets will be lit up by some of the most colorful collection of vehicles ever seen. Cement trucks, dump trucks, slingers, crane trucks, fire trucks, buses and more will form into a convoy and pass before thousands of local families and visitors before ending up as an incredibly bright display at Western Speedway.  The truck owners and companies, their staff, family and friends all come together to pay for and create some incredible displays. These trucks take hours and hours of paid and volunteer time to complete. Every hour that one of these trucks is not “working” that’s money they are not earning for their owners. It’s a huge commitment by all the participants and we thank them so much. With the additional help of a few sponsors (Accent Inns is proud to be one), some great local media support and the generosity of our local municipalities and police departments this event finally comes together. But let’s remember why this started many years ago… to raise awareness and support for those in need. For many years now the Truck light parade has raised 10’s of thousands of pounds of food and $$ for Mustard Seed, Westshore Christmas Hamper Fund Society, contact 250-391-9627 & Sidney Food Bank. (more…)

 

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November in Kelowna

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

IMG_6782 FullNovember can be a dreary month, the clocks fall back the nights draw in and the days can be grey, but don’t despair there is plenty to excite you within less than a 30-minute walk, or a 4-minute drive of your Accent Inn hotel room in Kelowna.

Here are three very diverse activities that are sure to make your stay an interesting one. (more…)

 

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Help our BC Hotels Support The Royal Canadian Legion

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

lapelpoppy-1Wear a poppy and help us support the efforts of The Royal Canadian Legion.
For every guest wearing a poppy on November 10 and 11, 2014 when checking into one of our five BC hotel locations, Accent Inns will make a
$5 donation  to the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command’s Poppy Campaign. (more…)

 

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Don’t Miss All The Fun Of Halloween While Staying At Accent Inns

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

happy-halloween-text-3If you love Halloween and don’t want to miss all the spooky fun while staying at any one of our Accent Inns’ hotels, don’t worry, here are some ghoulishly fun things to do around All Hallows’ Eve.
Accent Inns’ B.C. communities host many more events than we can list here so if you’re looking for a spooktacular time during the bewitching hours we suggest you check out the city you are visiting and see what devilish things they have planned. (more…)

 

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How to Have a Long Distance Halloween

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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It’s tough being away from your children on Halloween, but for many of Accent Inns’ business travellers it’s often a reality. So, how do you handle a long distance Halloween with your kids? Do you call them before they leave and then again once they’ve returned with bags of candy? (more…)

 

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Accent Inns Proudly Supports the BC Cancer Foundation

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

bc cancer logoAs a BC Cancer Foundation Ambassador, Accent Inns is proud to support breakthrough cancer research and enhancements to care happening right here in B.C.

Many British Columbians don’t know that the BC Cancer Foundation is the largest funder of cancer research in the province and that research IS working! B.C. has the lowest incidence rates for all cancers combined, the lowest rates of cancer mortality in Canada and the best breast cancer outcomes in the world. But there is still more work to be done. (more…)

 

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How do you spend Thanksgiving in BC?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

SAMSUNGThanksgiving in Canada may have started in the 1500’s on the east coast but here in BC we take good advantage of this wonderful holiday weekend. There are plenty of events going on in our local communities, wine & food festivals, even a marathon in Victoria BC. You’ll find lots of opportunities to volunteer as many community centers, churches and food banks offer special thanksgiving meals for those less fortunate. (more…)

 

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September is Arthritis Awareness Month

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Arthritis SocietyDid you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Canada? It can devastate a promising career, destroy a child’s eyesight and deplete a person’s independence.

The term arthritis (“arthro” meaning joint, “itis” meaning inflammation) is used to refer to more than 100 related conditions. Arthritis can strike anyone at anytime, regardless of age, physical condition or ethnic background, often with devastating and debilitating effects. Arthritis brings with it a burden of pain and disability that those living with this disease must face every day. The main symptoms of arthritis are chronic joint pain, stiffness and swelling, which can result in significant disability and poor quality of life. (more…)

 

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ALS Cycle looking to next year

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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ALS Cycle of Hope Riders

There’s been lots of media attention lately for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which is really cool, In fact I did that challenge myself (John – editor) We want to make sure though that a hardworking group of volunteers and cyclists from the ALS Cycle of Hope are also given accolades for their efforts to raise awareness, support and research dollars for ALS. These folks did far more than just dump ice water on their heads. The following post is an excerpt from the ALS Cycle for Hope post event wrap-up for 2014.  Accent Inns has been thrilled to support these awesome volunteers!   Each year, for the past three years, the Cycle of Hope Society proudly offers a variety of exciting fundraising events and fun community/family cycling events in Kelowna and Victoria.  (more…)

 

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Celebrate BC Day

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

boastfully_bc-responsive-1280For some people, BC Day (Aug 4, 2014) is just another excuse for a long summer weekend.  But for many, it means much more than that. (more…)

 

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