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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 Bead and Jewellery Show

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Vancouver Island Bead and Jewellery ShowAnybody that knows me well is very aware that I am easily distracted when I see something shiny.  I love colour and light and form and gold and silver and all things bright and beautiful.  And that is why I am looking forward to the Vancouver Island Bead and Jewelry Show that is being held on March 1-2, 2014 at the Stellys Fairgrounds in Saanichton. (more…)

 

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Love Your Family Day

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
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Family fun day on the slopes

Now that we are in February, often thoughts will go to Valentine’s Day. For the next few weeks young couples start getting more “smoochy” than usual. Wives begin saying to themselves, “will he remember this year?” And of course husbands, well husbands just don’t think anything yet. As fun and cute as this all may sound, here in B.C. we now have something else, perhaps more important to think of in February. Family Day. (more…)

 

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Shaw Lights of Hope

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Accent Inns is proud to support our friends and neighbours at Shaw in support of their Lights of Hope campaign

Friday November 29, 2013  The Accent Inn in Victoria BC joined with Shaw in Lighting up the Corner of Blanshard & Cloverdale Ave.

All funds raised by this campaign go to support the Canadian Cancer Society and their efforts to support families and battle this disease.

Watch the Video to learn more about the event, the campaign  ( the Accent Inn guy shows up approx 8:07 along)

Click here to Donate 

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Victoria Truck Light Parade – watch it, support it

Friday, December 6th, 2013

IMGP0322bBreaker breaker… looks like we got us a convoy

This Saturday night, December 7th, 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 Victoria’s local food banks. (more…)

 

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CHEK News Christmas Drive Thru

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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Help Support the Salvation Army at the CHEK TV Drive Thru

December 6th will see the “cast and crew” of CHEK TV descend upon the Accent Inn in Victoria BC. Just like Santa’s Elves’ they will be working hard to to prepare and host the 20th annual CHEK Christmas Drive Thru.

You like grabbing a bite or a coffee at your local drive thru so why not make your donations that way too!

Where else will you find TV personalities and volunteers alike “hustling and bustling” around to unload your donations of goods for the Salvation Army. Sold everything in a garage sale?.. no worries cash donations are more than welcome, in fact a Salvation Army kettle will be on hand and it sure looks great to see it when it’s filled with bills!

Having fun at the CHEK TV Drive Thru

Having fun at the CHEK TV Drive Thru

Making the experience even better you’ll have the Salvation Army band serenading you with Christmas Carols. Rumor has it that this night is so special, Santa himself has scheduled an appearance! (why is it we never see Jim Beatty and Santa at the same time…..could it be..hmmmm?)

Please join us December 6th from 5 – 7pm at the Accent Inn at the corner of Blanshard and Cloverdale and help support those in need!

 

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It’s Movember in Kelowna

Monday, November 18th, 2013

November has become a very special month around many offices & businesses. Usual dress code standards tend to relax a bit as many gents around the globe take part in Movember.  Our team at the Accent Inn Kelowna has most definitely embraced this trend and we’re proud of them. Even though we have free razors available at our front desks, this is one time when we’re glad to see team members let their five o’clock shadows (at least above their lip) grow on for the cause.  If you’d like to help them raise money for the cause please click here to donate.

Accent Inn Kelowna Team Members "growing one" for Movember

Accent Inn Kelowna Team Members “growing one” for Movember

 

Here’s some background on Movember:

Movember is a fun play on November and men  across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Movember has become a very special way for men to draw attention to cancers like prostate and testicular cancer. Men who take part in Movember are affectionately called Mo Bros and start November clean shaven but then allow their mustaches to grow and grow as they fund raise for the cause. From 30 Mo Bros in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 to 1.1 million Mo’s in 2012, Movember has grown to a global movement that is changing the face or rather faces of men’s health.

 

 

 

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Remembrance Day has Global Significance

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

remembrance-day-poppySo here we are coming up on another Remembrance Day. I’ve previously written about the importance of not only remembering those who given their lives but also thanking those who have or are putting their lives in harm’s way all to protect us. Our way of life.  This year let’s look at Remembrance Day with another perspective.

Let me preface this by saying I’m not a professor, philosopher or any other professional that would be dedicated to the understanding of cultural and or significant celebrations. So who am I to comment? A proud Canadian citizen, someone who’s lost family members due to conflict, a person that has had the opportunity to connect with veterans, serving military, legion members and those who take special care of those who served. I suggest folks visit a place like the Broadmead lodge in Victoria B.C. for a good perspective on those to whom we owe so much. (more…)

 

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Diversity Summit Comes To Victoria BC

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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The Community Partnership Network (CPN) welcomes Accent Inns as a sponsor of the November 21 Diversity Summit taking place at Mary Winspear Centre. Accent Inns Victoria hotel will be providing the overnight lodging for the Summit’s exciting roster of speakers and workshop presenters.

Accent Inns is proud to be a long time member of the Community Partnership Network and is part of a network of more than 120 local agencies, businesses and institutions committed to building diverse, welcoming and inclusive communities in Greater Victoria. CPN members work to develop their capacity by sharing resources and information aimed at promoting and supporting our increasingly diverse region. (more…)

 

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Social Media Bootcamps 2013

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Steve Dotto tech expert, social media camp speaker

Steve Dotto – Tech Expert & World Famous Speaker

Do you need a kick in your…..Social Media?         If you answered yes then you should attend one of the upcoming Social Media Bootcamps travelling around the province. Victoria BC is very lucky as every May brings not only incredible floral displays but the equally visually stimulating Social Media Camp. This has become the largest social media event in Canada! But wait, there’s more…..

The guys behind this great event (Chris & Paul – their country album will be released next summer) have also put together a number of one-day workshops in select cities during the fall.

Anyone and everyone who needs, likes or just has to use Social Media should try to make it to Social Media Camp in May. Of course the organizers realize that there are folks who just can’t attend the big conference because they must attend their mother in-laws’ birthday (been there). Well for all of you they have taken the show on the road and these one day bootcamps will give you access to some of the great knowledge and training that Social Media Camp offers. (more…)

 

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Going Green Requires Knowledge And Participation.

Friday, October 11th, 2013

light bulbI’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…)

 

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