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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.

 
 

The Key to Understanding Dogs

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Dr Coren FlyerUnderstanding 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…)

 

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Kamloops Symphony presents Russian Magic

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Maxim Bernard head shot

Maxim Bernard

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…)

 

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Education Matters

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
High school kids - education is important

Education is Important

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.

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A Special Perspective : ALS Cycle Of Hope

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
ALS cycle of hope

ALS Cycle of Hope Riders

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…)

 

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Accent Inns Awarded 2013 Spirit Award For Supporting Adoptive Families

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

BURNABY – July 9, 2013 – The Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) is pleased to present Accent Inns with the 2013 Spirit Award – Corporate.

Adoptive Families Assoc of BCThis 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…)

 

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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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