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Accent Inns InnAid community Expo 2009
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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.

 
 

It’s Families First with FSI BC

Friday, July 5th, 2013

FSIBC 2013 Naramata conference welcome signFSIBC 2013 Conference

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.

 

 

 

Angela Clancy & her daughter Hanna at FSI BC headquarters

 

 

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.
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BIG BIKE

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

What does it take to get staff from competitive businesses in Victoria all pedaling in the same direction?  – A really big bike and a good cause!

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…)

 

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Family Support Institute Honors Accent Inns

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

FSIBCHere’s a copy of the FSIBC’s  May Press Release.

 

 

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

Organization. (more…)

 

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Accent Inns and the Arts

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Donna Price & Kim Jones

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!

Accent Inns recently hosted an evening of wonderful food and fabulous theatre at a private reception at the Gateway Theatre (Richmond BC) – a thank you to our customers and supporters.  (more…)

 

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Cycling, Fun, Adventure, Support

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Karen England Accent Inns ALS CYCle for Hope

Karen at the Vancouver Island Outdoor Expo

OK, how does a little hotel chain like Accent Inns combine our love of the cycling community, our fun loving style, our search for adventure (well most of us…) and our key value of community support? It’s easy. A prime example was two recent events we supported; The Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Radical Reels Tour and the Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo. (more…)

 

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BC Summer Institute for Inclusive Learning

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

BC Summer Institute 2013Early bird registration is now live!

The 2013 BC Summer Institute is led by the Family Support Institute in beautiful Vancouver. This event is designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in BC’s elementary and secondary schools.
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Helping Elephants Through the Power of Film

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Ashley Melsted with the Elephants

Ashley Melsted with the Elephants

Two years ago I met Patricia Sims, a Victoria-based filmmaker that has been investigating the critical issues facing elephants through her two documentaries. Intrigued by her discoveries, I learned that although there are many people working hard to protect these endangered animals, there are many more that know nothing about what is happening to them. I wanted to be part of changing this and so I began to work with her and her team to raise awareness through the power of film and the online community. (more…)

 

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2013 Varity Club Telethon

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Accent Inns team under variety bannerAll of us at  Accent Inns strongly believe in the importance of giving back to the community. This was never more apparent than the recent donation made to the Variety Club Telethon by team members from the Accent Inn Vancouver Airport hotel.

Throughout the year of 2012 the Vancouver Airport team held numerous fundraising events to raise money for the very worthwhile organization, Variety Club – The Children’s Charity.

There were bake sales, jelly bean guess contests, and BBQ’s.  It was amazing and truly touching to see everyone’s enthusiasm in making each event a great success.

One of the favorite memories was during our first BBQ when Donna Price, Regional Sales Manager for Sports and Groups, put hot dogs on the grill only to later notice that there were words on the hot dogs as they were individually wrapped in plastic.

Together the team managed to raise $1000.

Zareena Dean and Sheena Brooks had the privilege of presenting the cheque to Variety – The Children’s Charity on the Show of Hearts Telethon on February 17th 2013. We are so proud!!

 

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Radical Reels – The best high adrenaline films

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Radical Reels thumbnail, showing in Victoria BC sponsored by Accent Inns

Action – Sports – Films

 

The best high adrenaline films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are coming to Victoria on March 15, 2013.

 

 

 

There is no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2013 edition of the Radical Reels Tour! We’re talking jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. The Radical Reels Tour, presented by The Banff Centre, now in its 10th year, continues to push boundaries with the best action sports films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. (more…)

 
 

Stop Bullying – Wear Pink

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Pink Shirt day okanagan Boys & Girls ClubOur Accent Inn Kelowna Hotel staff and other team members from around the province are showing support for the Anti Bullying movement by wearing Pink Shirts today!

We think the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club have done a good job explaining the event so here’s an excerpt from their site. (more…)

 

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