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…)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
So 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…)
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…)
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…)
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.