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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.

 
 

10 Quick Pet Care Tips

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

pet care tipsI was thinking about how well my best friend Finnegan was looking the other day – he’s an Australian Shepherd and we had a big scare a few months ago when we discovered he had blood clots throughout his bladder. Cancer was suspected, but it turned out to be a very bad infection. It took quite a few months to get him back to full health, but as I looked at him fresh from the groomer recently I reflected on how important it is to care for our pets. Poor Finnegan showed no outward signs of illness until one morning we discovered he’d had an ‘accident’ – several actually – overnight. This brought home to me the importance of ongoing good pet practice – prevention rather than cure is the way to go. (more…)

 

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It’s Grad Time!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

high-school-gradIt’s that time again – graduation the moment of intense pride we feel when our children, or grandchildren, after years of hard work, and maybe hard play, graduate from university. Now many of them will be looking to start the next stage of their lives and enter the workforce. Others may be planning to spend some time volunteering and others travelling before they get a job. (more…)

 

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ALS Cycle of Hope Frequent Flyer 10km

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

ALS Cycle of Hope poster 2016Decorate your bike and ride as a Superhero! 

We are inviting you and your family to join the ALS Cycle of Hope Frequent Flyer 10km on June 12th from 11am-2pm to help raise greater ALS awareness and inspire hope for families living with ALS.

Participants and their families can join us for exciting and fun activities after the ride; Bouncy Castle, facepainting, Red Barn-B-Que and live entertainement by Chikoro Marimba band!

Register online to ride the 10km before June 10th at www.cycleofhope.ca  (more…)

 

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Mother’s Day – Making it Special

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

 

Mothers day

Happy Mother’s Day

I’ve always loved Mother’s Day, it’s a time where we get to show our Mothers how much we value them, how much we appreciate what they do for us. In years gone by I always tried to make the day special for my Mum (English-speak for Mom) even though rarely in my adult life did we live close to each other.

After my children were born, making Mother’s Day special for my wife became just as important. When the boys were younger we always tried to make the day special. Even now they are adults I contact them a week or so before the big day to plan what we’ll do. (more…)

 

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Vancouver Island’s Endangered Old-growth Rainforest

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

P1290516B.C.’s coastal temperate rainforests are home to species that don’t exist anywhere else and form part of a globally rare ecosystem covering less than one per cent of the planet’s land base. Today the majority of the original old-growth rainforest has been logged.

Intact forests offer critical environmental services such as clean water, clean air and recreational and tourism values, upon which many communities depend.  Coastal temperate rainforests in particular are also one of the best carbon storehouses on the planet, with record high carbon storage per hectare, accumulated over thousands of years. (more…)

 

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Sierra Club BC Volunteers

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Veronica and Tess at an event_Galen ArmstrongSierra Club BC depends on volunteers for many things – from helping us plan certain events, to reaching out and thanking our donors. You can find a volunteer in our office almost any day of the year, working on a project. For example, Diane worked diligently through much of the winter, digging through our archives (which go back to Sierra Club BC’s founding in 1969) for a history project that we can’t wait to reveal. (more…)

 

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5 Places to Find Peace in Kelowna

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

moments-of-reflectionI love travelling; all the excitement of seeing new things, having new experiences, it’s a blast. But as I’ve got older I also like to seek out some quiet, peaceful places where I can just sit and stare – recharge the batteries. Those few moments of reflection, even on occasion meditation can be highlights of a vacation. (more…)

 

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My Journey West

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

sierra 1It took me ten years to make my way from Ontario to British Columbia. During that time, I saw a lot of our beautiful country and worked with and learned alongside some incredible students and colleagues. They taught me the value of building connections and reconnecting to the land. The journey took me in many directions, but eventually brought me to my adopted home, Victoria, B.C. (more…)

 

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Nature Deficit?

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

laptopDigital devices are everywhere. Cell phones, tablets and laptops have—especially for young people like my two daughters, aged 11 and 14—replaced cable television for entertainment.  All the content you could imagine is available through YouTube, Netflix and other video streaming services. These amazing devices also allow instant communication, via Snapchat, WhatsApp and plain “old fashioned” texting, and incredible, often addictive games to suit every age group and taste. (more…)

 

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Family Camps: Connecting in the outdoors

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

campingclipartRe-print from AFABC
Family camps can be highly motivating and empowering experiences for families (Lewicki, Goyette, & Marr 1996) and can act as a tremendous catalyst for forming healthy attachments in a family system. (more…)

 

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