This annual celebration of volunteers runs from April 12 – 18. It’s a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. But, what should you consider before jumping in as a volunteer and what unexpected benefits might you accrue from giving up your time and your expertise? (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.
I love Easter, not least because I’m chocoholic – I just can’t resist the stuff and at this time of the year I can indulge myself without feeling guilty, well not too much anyway! One of my favourite places to shop for Easter chocolate is Purdy’s – this year I plan to buy their vintage rabbit tins full of Purdys Chocolates milk and dark chocolates as gifts for my family. For me, I love plain chocolate and I’ll pick up one of their chocolate bunnies as my guilty pleasure. And yes, like 76% of all North Americans I’ll eat the ears first! Another favourite of mine is Rogers’ Chocolates milk chocolate jelly bean bark – now there’s an Easter treat I can’t wait to get my hands on. (more…)
Since last year, Bin 4 Burger Lounge owners Dan and Sarah Blackmore and Chef Michael Ringland have worked closely with Accent Inns president and CEO Mandy Farmer, finding common ground in their approach to business and love of good food while developing the new space. Farmer and the Blackmores share a common mindset when it comes to customer experience. The design of the new Bin 4 Burger Lounge took into consideration the needs of visitors, travelling for business or leisure. Extra power outlets are available at the seats in the lounge, which seats up to 30 guests. The bar is larger than the other two Bin 4 locations, providing individual seating for 16 guests, and both the restaurant and outdoor patio can accommodate larger groups of up to 20 guests. (more…)
Well, not the furry kinds with horns that bleat all the time but goats in Chinese astrology, as this is the year of the Goat. If you were born in one of the following years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 you are astrologically speaking a goat. This is not a bad thing as you are thought to be a calm and gentle person, easy going, thoughtful, friendly, but at the same time candid and genuine. (more…)
Everyone is easily distracted when they see something shiny, gold and silver and all things bright and beautiful. And that is why we are looking forward to the Vancouver Island Bead and Jewelry Show that is being held on March 7-8, 2015 at the Saanich Fairgrounds. (more…)
www.findsupportbc.com is finally here!
The Family Support Institute of BC has just launched their newest family support website. This site has taken almost 3 years to have coded and developed and it is finally here! The site is BC’s first ever user friendly, searchable database of disability related supports, services and community based activities for anyone in British Columbia! (more…)
Festival of Trees – Nov 19 – Jan 6. A lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals of this event come together and decorate trees. (more…)
December 11th 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 11th from 5 – 7pm at the Accent Inn at the corner of Blanshard and Cloverdale and help support those in need!
Breaker Breaker… looks like we got us a convoy coming Saturday night, December 6th. 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 Mustard Seed, Westshore Christmas Hamper Fund Society, contact 250-391-9627 & Sidney Food Bank. (more…)
November can be a dreary month, the clocks fall back the nights draw in and the days can be grey, but don’t despair there is plenty to excite you within less than a 30-minute walk, or a 4-minute drive of your Accent Inn hotel room in Kelowna.
Here are three very diverse activities that are sure to make your stay an interesting one. (more…)