Although most of us have causes that we support both financially and emotionally, there are very few of us that would jump on a bicycle and pedal across Canada to spread the word about something we truly believe in. Jeremy Bally is one of those people. On April 27, Jeremy left Mile 0 in Victoria BC and began his life as a Travelling Minstrel as he mounted his bicycle and headed east. The story that he is telling is that of the people of West Papua New Guinea, previously known as Irian Jaya. (more…)
Accent Inns Hotel News
Accent Inns is proud to be a family owned chain with five hotels in BC. We have Accent Inns in Victoria, Burnaby, Kelowna, Kamloops and in Richmond BC at the Vancouver Airport; where we also offer free 24 hour shuttle service to the Vancouver International airport. This column will highlight news and stories about our chain, our people and our partners.
What a weekend! June 1-3 here in Victoria BC we enjoyed the Robert Cameron Law Corporation Cycling Series. The weekend began with the Specialized / Russ Hay’s Time Trials. It was a breezy and slightly chilly evening but the view from Victoria’s Dallas Rd. trumped the weather and the cyclists didn’t disappoint when it came to giving it their all for the crowd. This event has each rider challenge only themselves. many even have specialized time trials only bikes and watching them dawn the sleek aerodynamic helmets brought back memories of Star Wars. Unlike Star Wars there was no Darth Vader to fear, only the clock. (more…)
Below is a reprint of the Victoria Chamber Awards Gala program where Friday April 27, Terry Farmer was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
After all, if he hadn’t offered to lend a hand to help his father and partner build the Chateau Victoria he might never have realized just how much more fun he could have in hospitality rather than a career in banking, property management or construction.
Anyone who knows Terry, knows that he isn’t content to rest on his laurels. Positive change has been a staple of his life. Terry’s advice to the graduates of Royal Roads at their 2007 Convocation, “… as life moves on over the years do not hesitate to change your area of work should opportunities arise. When they do you should do your due diligence and then strike out quickly, especially if you have a chance to get out on your own and become an entrepreneur. I did this 21 years ago and it was the most thrilling and challenging stage of my career (aside from getting married of course).” (more…)
Last Thursday night I had the wonderful opportunity to attend and present at the Camosun College Chargers annual awards night. As with previous years it was a great way to review the incredible year both the teams and student athletes had. It was mentioned that Accent Inns has sponsored the Chargers for 11 years now. Wow! What an honour it has been for our company and certainly for myself (I think I’ve only missed one of the awards banquets).
Once again the MC’s for the evening were Mira Laurence and Jordan Cunningham of CTV Vancouver Island. Not only do these two news and sports media folks know their Chargers but I must say….Billy Crystal watch out, they are headed for the Oscars. They had us laughing all night long. But of course the night wasn’t just about laughs and reviewing the past season but to celebrate some of the awe inspiring efforts put in by the the students, the coaches and the teams as a whole. It should be noted that the Chargers have some of the most dedicated and caring coaches anywhere. I’m glad we also had the chance to applaud the behind the scenes staff. Special thanks from Accent Inns go to Graham Matthews (Athletic Director) and Bonita Joe (Marketing & Communications Officer) for being so awesome to work with and for their sincere focus on helping the students achieve their goals. So read below for an excerpt from the Charger blog listing the many award winners and their achievements.
Your Faithful Supporter,
John Espley (Accent Inns)
Accent Inns is a proud supporter of the BC SPCA and happy to promote this great fundraising event.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the SPCA to help animals in need.
Sample award winning wines at five unique wineries on the Westside Wine Trail:
1:00 Kalala Organic Estate Winery– wine tastings
1:40 Mission Hill Family Estate Winery– wine tastings
2:15 Quails’ Gate Winery – wine tastings
2:50 Little Straw Vineyards– wine tastings
3:30 Rollingdale Winery – wine tastings
This is a great re-post of the Chargers announcement.
Today, the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced the 2011-2012 SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian Award recipients and among the 162 student-athletes from across the nation who have achieved combined excellence in collegiate athletics and academics are Jordan Elvedahl and Caitlin Marshall from the Camosun College Chargers basketball program.
The SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing both organizations’ commitment to academic success and athletic achievement. To achieve this award, recipients must attain academic honours at their institution and be named to his/her respective conference All-Star team.
An exceptional point guard and leader, second-year Jordan Elvedahl (Stelly’s) was Top 3 in assists in the league and averaged over 12 points per game. Having earned a PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star for his athletic achievements, Jordan also posted top grades in Camosun’s Centre for Sport and Exercise Education – Exercise and Wellness Program to receive the Academic All-Canadian award. (more…)
Medical Needs Drive Partnership
Victoria, March 13, 2012
Accent Inns, the local BC owned and operated hotel chain, and MEDIchair Home Healthcare stores across British Columbia are excited to announce a new partnership. It’s a fact of life that sometimes we need to travel to attend specialized medical appointments, surgical procedures or to support our loved ones when they need it most. It’s also true that more and more of us require additional mobility and healthcare products to help maintain our freedom and quality of life.
The new partnership allows Accent Inn guests easy access and cost savings for mobility and healthcare products while away from home, and both informs and assists MEDIchair clients regarding special rates for their medical travel. “When we started learning about the crossover needs of our guests and MEDIchair’s clients, it became obvious that together we could assist our customers even more as partners,” Mandy Farmer, President Accent Inns. (more…)
Susan Jacks In Concert – Have you bought your tickets yet?
March 10, 2012 7PM
University of Victoria Centre Farquhar Auditorium
Canadian singer/songwriter Susan Jacks received a kidney transplant in
February 2010. Her new kidney was donated by her brother Billy whose name was used
for her first international hit “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?”. Susan now devotes much of her time
working with the Kidney Foundation of Canada and will be performing a benefit concert
on March 10, 2012 to promote the need for organ donation. (more…)
Terry Farmer Wins Chamber Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award
February 17, 2012– Victoria, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the Annual Greater Victoria Business Awards. Terry Farmer, founder and past CEO and President of Accent Inns will be awarded the Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala event on April 27, 2012. Accent Inns is an award-winning, family-owned, British Columbia hotel chain with several properties in BC. (more…)