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The Blue Roof Believes in Green

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

We are all trying to be “greener” at home but what about when you travel? Staying in a Hotel like the Accent Inn in Victoria BC  can be a real treat but Hotels are often culprits of excessive waste production. Serving thousands of guests a year, it’s hard to provide the amenities that people want and expect without sacrificing the environment. However, hotels can take action to make operations more sustainable, resulting in large-scale waste reduction.


“It’s a family belief that we just don’t waste”, Mandy Farmer, President & CEO of Accent Inns


Green hotel actions include:

  1. Offer recycle bins throughout the hotel, including in guests’ room
  2. Provide our guests with reusable items such as ceramic cups for coffee
  3. Educate our guests so that we don’t wash towels after every use via good signage that express our water saving effort.
  4. Install low flow showerheads, toilets and faucet aerators
  5. Use non-toxic cleaners that are natural and biodegradable
  6. Use soap dispensers instead of individually packaged soap (saves on packaging waste)
  7. Install energy efficient LED lighting throughout the hotel (LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy and save on costs)
  8. Use bike racks and employee engagement to encourage ridership by both staff and customers. Biking is one of the best ways to tour and experience a new town
  9. Educate our staff about sustainability!


So the Accent Inns with our famous blue roofs sincerely believes in being GREEN.


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Camosun Chargers named Academic All-Canadians

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Jordan Elvedahl

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…)


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BC Business names Accent Inns one of BC’s Best Companies to Work For

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Accent Inns takes 5th spot in top 10

The BC owned and operated hotel chain takes 5th spot in top 10

Dec. 1, 2011, Victoria, BC – The editors of BC Business gave Accent Inns, a proudly BC owned and operated hotel chain, top marks Tuesday  night at a ceremony that recognized the province’s Best Companies to Work For.  Accent Inns was named 5th out of the 10 winning Best Companies to Work For in the category of More Than 100 Employees. To determine the winners, the team at BC Business graded employee-submitted surveys, each measuring satisfaction and engagement in four distinct areas: talent systems, employee engagement, leadership dynamics and organization culture. 



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Camosun College Chargers gear up for 2011

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Camosun Chargers begin second half of the season

The Camosun College Chargers men’s volleyball team has shaken off the holiday rust and is set to start the second half of the BCCAA season with an Island Rivalry match up against the VIU Mariners this Friday evening in Nanaimo. The second and final round of matches in the 2010-11 Island Rivalry volleyball series is sure to be a hot contest and promises to deliver a great evening of volleyball action.

To augment the team’s training and development, the Chargers traveled to Kelowna over the holiday break to take part in a three-day training workshop which included a number of top teams from BC and Alberta.  “We wanted to accomplish three things with our trip to UBCO over the holidays,” explained Coach Parkinson. “We wanted to get the rust off, to continue to evolve our style of play and learn about ourselves in different situations, and to have fun.  In my mind we accomplished all three.” (more…)


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Experience BC’s South Coast Ski Mountains

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Skier cutting

Great skiing on BC's South West Coast

Coming to Vancouver and the west coast or live in the area and love to Ski, Snowboard or snowshoe?

There are so many options available.

Mt Seymour is a great local mountain offering lots of variety.  Stay at the Accent Inn Burnaby hotel which is only approx. a 40 minute drive away.  Mt Seymour also runs a shuttle up the mountain from Lonsdale Quay. Click here for details.

Of course there is the famous Grouse Mountain. The lights at the top can be seen not only from all over Vancouver but even from Vancouver Island! Grouse offer spectacular views and if you haven’t done it, the Skyride (tram)  is really cool. From our Burnaby hotel you only have to drive approx. 20 – 30 minutes to get to the tram. (more…)


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Restore Tour – it’s about the children

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
picture of a child on the restore tour

The Restore tour is all about a better life for the children

Recently Accent Inns had the opportunity to help support a group of young people travelling around the world to tell their story of survival. A charitable group called Watoto is helping the Restore tour travel around the nation and thanks to an old friend bringing this to my attention, Accent Inns was pleased to support their stop in Victoria B.C. The Accent Inn Victoria hotel staff kindly donated rooms for this group during their visit.

“the children were so polite and very, very friendly” Eileen Mettes, General Manager Accent Inn Victoria hotel.

These children are from Uganda. For more than 20 years, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group has waged a ruthless ‘spiritual’ crusade of murder, mutilation, abduction and destruction against the people of Northern Uganda. Unimaginable atrocities have been inflicted upon an entire generation of children. These children have seen and done things no adult, no human being should see or do. (more…)


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The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command recognizes Accent Inns

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Accent Inns BC Hotel receives Legion Recognition plaque presentation Nov 2010

Dave Sinclair Pres BC/Yukon Command presents Accent Inns recognition plaque. John Espley received on behalf.

For several years now Accent Inns has been a supporter of The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command. This past weekend the Accent Inn BC hotel chain was honored with a plaque recognizing our partnership. Mr. Dave Sinclair, President of The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon, presented John Espley on behalf of Accent Inns with award and several kind words at the legions Britannia branch (very close to the Accent Inn Victoria hotel). Why is it important that Accent Inns works with such a group…..

The Royal Canadian Legion is a very special organization in that it has not only a long history but serves a wide and diversified role in our communities. The first thing that may come to mind is veteran’s services and the poppy campaign. For the past 81 Years, The Royal Canadian Legion has been devoted to caring for Canada’s veterans and their families and working with current serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces by providing: Veterans Transition Program, Military Family Resource Centers, Overseas Blankets of Hope for Injured Personnel, Support for the Troops Morale Fund, Government Advocacy, Acts of Remembrance. (more…)


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Victoria Salmon Kings soon to play home opener

Monday, October 25th, 2010
Victoria Salmon Kings logo

Victoria Salmon Kings

Accent Inns are proud to once again be supporting the Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose, announced today their ticketing and promotional schedule for next weekend’s home-opening series versus the Ontario Reign. Contact the Accent Inn Victoria hotel for special groups rates and deals.

Sponsored by 100.3 The Q and The Zone @ 91.3, the Salmon Kings kick-off their home schedule of the 2010-11 season with a three-game set versus the Reign on Wednesday, October 27th, Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th. (more…)


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GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half-Marathon

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Karen England, Sales Manager for Accent Inns finishing the Victoria Marathon

Karen England, Sales Manager for Accent Inns finishing the Victoria Marathon

The Marathon began  in September 1980 with a single 26.2 mile race and now offers five different events for all ages. What other Marathon can boast a finish line as scenic as Victoria’s inner harbour in front of our famous  historic Parliament Buildings (actually it’s the legislative building but people know it by the “other” name).  I know everyone at the Accent Inn Victoria really enjoys meeting people from all over that come to run in our “famous” marathon. The race attracts people come from all over the globe  including some famous Kenyan participants.  One of the folks running the race this years was Accent Inns own Karen England. We are all very proud of Karen , Accent Inns Regional Sales Manager  Victoria.  She did what many of us would like to do but never seem to get around too. Well done Karen!



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Victoria area Highway #17 Road Construction information.

Friday, August 6th, 2010

picture of a couple holding a map

Important Road Construction Information

Important Travelers Tip: If you’re travelling to or from the BC Ferry terminal at Swartz Bay or the Victoria International Airport

Thanks to the Saanich peninsula Chamber of Commerce for circulating this update.

McTavish Interchange Project – Notice of Highway 17 Lane Reductions and Total Closures during August

Construction crews will install bridge girders for the new interchange on the Pat Bay Highway (Highway 17) at McTavish Road this month. For the safety and convenience of the travelling public, this work will require the following night-time closures.


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