I’ve always made it a practice to connect with and attend sessions put on by local “green” groups and companies. I’m always astounded at the things we can do to improve or rather shrink our imprint on this planet. The Vancouver Island Green Scene Association had a great speaker recently. Brian Bury spoke about lighting. The eye opener for me was that he didn’t speak in terms of power savings but rather the issue of light pollution and the damage we are doing to the environment and even ourselves with our tendency to “over illuminate” or by using the wrong spectrum of light. I never knew how many species we are affecting or how even our new “green lighting” technologies may be saving power but creating waste and offering the completely wrong kind of light our bodies require. Yes, apparently we require light. (more…)
Supporting our Communities
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.
Understanding Dogs. I once had a dog owner tell me that she had taught her dog over 100 words and that the dog fully understand the meaning of each word. A little later when I asked her why she didn’t let her dog run off-leash in a dog park, she told me because he wouldn’t come when he was called. It seemed strange to me that not one of those 100 words was the word “Come!”
But it did get me to wondering just what does go on in our dog’s heads? Do they understand our words or just the emotions they sense accompanying the words. Is it as the cartoon says – all they hear is Blah Blah Blah Blah Treat or Blah Blah Blah Blah Walk?
I suspect there is more to the dog brain than that but I don’t know for sure. That is why I am planning to attend the talk being given by Dr Stanley Coren in Victoria on November 6. The title of his presentation is “The key to Understanding Dogs” and Dr Coren plans to address such topics as: Just how intelligent are dogs? Do dogs dream? And the one that I am most interested in – How much language does a dog understand? (more…)
Visiting Kamloops BC? Live there? It’s that time again when the symphony begins another wonderful concert series. They’ve sent us the notice below regarding a very special concert they are thrilled to be producing. We encourage everyone to check it out!
Courtesy The Kamloops Symphony:
Here we go! The much-anticipated 2013-2014 concert season is about to begin!
On Saturday, September 28th, the Kamloops Symphony, conductor Bruce Dunn, and piano soloist Maxim Bernard take to the stage at Sagebrush Theatre to thrill you with a full program exploring the depth, heart and soul of Russian Romantic music.
You will hear the haunting introduction to Mussorgsky’s unfinished opera, Khovantchina, Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical depiction of enchanting tales of treachery and love, cheherazade, and the passionate melancholy of the world’s most beloved piano concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2. (more…)
As our children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews are all settling back into their routines at school our friends at the Adoptive Families Association of BC remind us that there are more things to consider than just what books the kids need this year. They remind us that education matters and not all children have the same level of support.
Courtesy of the AFABC:
It is well documented that dropping out of high school has a number of negative impacts on youth relating to unemployment, lower wages, increased chances of incarceration, and other significant areas of a young person’s life. Studies indicate that youth who age out of government care experience an 80% high school dropout rate.
Below is a very special letter written by Neil McComb . This revolves around the ALS Cycle of Hope event, Kelowna section, and the fundraising efforts that have gone on. Have a read and you’ll see why we asked if we could share this with the world. This is a story of caring, of support, of respect and determination.” If you try your hardest, you can do anything!” If you’re not inspired after reading and listening…. (more…)
BURNABY – July 9, 2013 – The Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) is pleased to present Accent Inns with the 2013 Spirit Award – Corporate.
This award recognizes the support Accent Inns has provided to adoptive families in British Columbia. Accent Inns regularly donates room vouchers to AFABC, which allows parents to travel out of town to meet and visit with the newest members of their families. The vouchers also help out-of-town families attend AFABC training sessions and workshops in Burnaby. (more…)
This is the first year Accent Inns has supported the Family Support Institute of BC as part of our InnAid program, but you’d think that this relationship has been in place for years.
I first met Angela Clancy, Executive Director for FSI BC, at an internet conference and then again a chamber of commerce premiers luncheon. Not that common do I run into not-profit representatives at the more “high-level corporate” events. But then again Angela and the Family Support Institute are not all that common. Their drive to gain support for families with disabilities is unending and has gained incredible awareness in the “inner circles”. That doesn’t mean they are supported as they could or should be but they sure won’t stop until they are.
That’s what happened on June 18, when members of the Victoria Hotel Sales and Marketing Committee boarded the “Big Bike” and pedaled through downtown Victoria to raise over $3000.00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. (more…)
Announcing the winners of the Family Support Institute (FSI) first annual Celebration of Families Awards
New Westminster, BC, May 2013 – The mission statement of the Family Support Institute is: To strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability”.
FSI is about Families. Our Celebration of Families awards are our way to celebrate families and thank and recognize those people and organizations across British Columbia that “strengthen and support ALL families, not just families with a member with a disability”.
On April 20, 2013, during our Annual FSI Training Weekend at Naramata we presented Celebration of Families awards in the four categories of: FSI RP/RFM volunteer, non-FSI volunteer, Corporation and
What do you get when you cross Moliere’s Don Juan, scandalous comedy at the Gateway Theatre, excellent appies and libations in a wonderful atmosphere overlooking Minoru Park on a sunny (and dry!) evening? A great evening out and courtesy of the Accent Inns to boot!