Victoria, BC, October 23, 2013 – The Accent Inns hotel chain has made a few changes at their Victoria BC Corporate offices. They welcome Mr. Smith Munro as their new Director of Operations. Smith brings 30 plus years of management experience to the chain. He’s managed a broad spectrum of hotel brands; Intercontinental Hotel group, Holiday Inns, Crowne Plaza hotels and most recently Marriott International. A Scotsman, prior to coming to Canada in 1981, worked with Trust Houses Forte, British Transport Hotels and several other hospitality properties in the United Kingdom. ”For a small chain, Accent Inn’s has certainly done big things. I’m looking forward to taking part in their great company culture.” Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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? Read the rest of this entry »
Why not join us for an enchanted Sunday afternoon at the Kay Meek Theatre? We promise two hours of the most wondrous singing and beautiful music you will ever want to hear. This is music for the whole family. A great introduction to opera for the kids, and a taste of Broadway for everyone.
We brings gifts. Great Music…
Gershwin and Verdi. Bernstein and Bellini. Kern and Donizetti. Rodgers and Hammerstein. In-joke alert: Puccini and Webber. And more. Bringing wonderful music from the great houses of Europe, and the great stages of Broadway — in an afternoon of tradition and surprise. Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday night (Sept 27) I attended the Camosun Chargers tip-off dinner, auction and first ever Hall of Fame induction Ceremony. Talk about a special night. As always the Chargers team members (students) were there dressed sharply and ready to help all their “guests” lighten their wallets just a bit. Athletes were stationed at every Silent Auction table offering wonderful encouragement and “coaching” as to how we should place our bids. As we sat down to Dinner the MC for the evening , Mira from CTV Sports, turned over the mic to Chargers team members from all the represented sports. One of the students commented during his speech that they hope to be leaders in the future. Let me tell you, these student athletes achieve more than most people just in the two to 4 years they attend college. Their athletic ability is second to none but wait, there’s more, these “kids” are smart. Really smart. They achieve some incredible academic scores, scores that anyone without the rigorous training schedule of a Chargers team member would be proud to have. Watching and listening to these students speak like professional presenters had me thinking to myself, “these young men and ladies and leaders now and we are so lucky to have them in our community.” Credit must also go to the incredible coaches and the support and administration staff that pull the Chargers program together. A true example of the statement, “anythings possible.”
One day last winter I had to make some sales calls in Campbell River and other Northern Vancouver Island communities. I hit the road out of Victoria at 6:00 am in order to get there at the start of the business day.
My goal to avoid traffic and make good time was immediately challenged by torrential rains. As I crept over the Malahat, I felt my shoulders rise and my body tense as I struggled with the wind, rain and darkness. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
OK, the children are back in school. Parents are busy dealing with getting all the back to school items their children forgot to mention they needed, sorting out what it is they want in their lunches, counselling their off-spring as they complain about who’s sitting next to them in class or on the bus and realizing that they have to re-learn everything they thought they would never need to know, just so they can help their kids with homework!
Ah, but you are grandparents or perhaps folks that decided the above path wasn’t for you. Of course you love the little “rug-rats” but whichever category you fall into, this is a very special time for you too. You’ve had your fun with the grand-kids all summer and now it’s time to focus on you. You’ve dealt with all the lines for the really cool things to see & do but now there are no children to be seen and access to attractions is suddenly easy (and quiet). This is your time to travel. Read the rest of this entry »