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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.

 
 

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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Accent Inns Easter Quiz

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

easter quizEaster means different things to different people, to some of you it will be significant for religious reasons, for others it may be all about the Easter Bunny, for many it’s a combination of both – or just a choc fest.

For almost everyone though, it’s about spending time with family so here’s a fun quiz everyone can take part in. (more…)

 

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Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

GG01-2016-0070-086 March 04, 2016 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Terry Farmer, Victoria, British Columbia. Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston were in Vancouver between Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4, 2016 for an official visit. While in Vancouver, the Governor General recognized remarkable Canadians with awards and honours. In addition, Their Excellencies participated in a number of cultural, innovation-themed, and community-building events. Presentation of Honours. His Excellency presented honours to more than 150 remarkable Canadians to recognize excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service. His Excellency presents the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to: Terry Farmer from Victoria, British Columbia. Credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, OSGG

Accent Inns founder, Terry Farmer, wins prestigious Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

After handing over the reins of the family business, Accent Inns and Hotel Zed, to his daughter Mandy Farmer in 2008, some might have expected Terry Farmer would move on to a relaxing retirement. That however, was not the case. (more…)

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

St.-Patricks-DayWhat do we do to celebrate on St Patrick’s Day.

Wear our green and feel Irish for the day, drink green Guinness, Smithwicks, Kilkenny or Harp, and celebrate with stories and songs like “Oh Danny Boy”. The pubs are decked out with shamrocks, serve Irish fare and play Irish tunes. (more…)

 

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Variety Show of Hearts: 50 Years and Counting

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

show of heartsAs seen in BCBusiness February 2016 issue.

This annual telethon features local performers and generous community members who are all doing their part to raise money for some very important children. (more…)

 

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