October 2, 2015: New Westminster, B.C. – The Family Support Institute Board of Directors, over the last several years, has been contemplating how FSI can be better represented as having a provincial scope. Their official name was the West Coast Family Support Institute Society which implied that they only served families living on the Westcoast of BC, when they actively serve people ALL ACROSS our province. At FSI’s AGM on June 12, 2015, the membership unanimously voted to approve a special resolution to approve a society name change from the “West Coast Family Support Institute Society” to the “Family Support Institute of BC Society” (FSIBC). They feel this name change will help people to see that they are a provincial society in all aspects of their work. (more…)
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Recently my wife and I traveled to beautiful Anaheim California to cover the 2013 Blizzcon Convention. The convention sold out online in moments and drew fans of Blizzard Entertainment from around the world for a weekend of news, panels, previews, music, Cosplay, and more. Those who were not able to get into the convention were able to follow along via DirecTV or through online streaming which could be purchased from the company. (more…)
Accent Inns joins the Family Support Institute in supporting families in BC. New Westminster, BC, November 30, 2012 – The Family Support Institute (FSI) is excited to announce a new partnership that has developed between FSI and Accent Inns. This partnership will benefit thousands of families all over BC and speaks to the level of commitment both groups have for families and individuals living with disabilities in this province.
“Strong, healthy families lead to strong healthy communities”
Accent Inns has agreed to support the Family Support Institute in a variety of ways. They have donated several rooms to FSI for use by our families when needed throughout the year. They have also offered a special room rate to the Family Support Institute that is $5 below any advertised room rate with the Accent Inns. For every room booked, where individuals mention FSI and take advantage of this special rate, Accent Inns will also donate an additional $5 to FSI! This rate and donation are available to anyone who mentions FSI upon check in. The key is to remember to mention the Family Support Institute! (more…)
For Immediate release
Taking a good look into the mirror
Travelling in British Columbia this summer never looked so good
August 07, 2012, Victoria, BC – Accent Inns’ easy-to-spot, iconic blue roofs haven’t changed, but just about everything beneath them has– from the renovated exteriors, updates to the interiors of all five properties — and a very cool change in the brand image and story.
Now sporting refreshed exteriors in shades of, taupe, grey and green, entrance pillars refinished in natural stone and glass balconies to open up the views, Accent Inns has a warmer, more welcoming West Coast feel and is working harder than ever to live their new “stay local, stay real” tag line.
“As we finished our renovations late last year, we felt it was time to check in and see what our potential customers thought of Accent Inns,” says Mandy Farmer, president of Accent Inns. “The focus group results were shocking. Going by our name and look, many people thought we were an American owned run of the mill chain. For a company that is owned and operated by a BC family, we were heart broken. It was time to become better at telling and living our brand story.” (more…)
First of all, I need to make something perfectly clear. I DO NOT COOK! The only reason that I have a kitchen is that it came with the house. It is full of cooking machines that simply confuse me. So, given this information, you may wonder why I am telling you about the kitchenettes at Accent Inns.
Well – I actually like to book a room with a kitchenette when I travel. Not because I am planning to create gourmet meals in my room BUT because I like to have fresh milk for my coffee, yoghurt for my breakfast and occasionally I like to make toast and fry an egg. In fact, I prefer to drink my coffee and eat my breakfast in my room while still in my PJs. (more…)
With all the bad weather we have experienced in BC this winter, it’s time to take a moment to recognize the efforts of those people that look after us during the storms.
BC Hydro is a prime example. Crews work 16 hour shifts during the wind and snow storms to restore power when outages occur. And while I am sure they would all rather be home safe and sound with their families, they always show up and stay until all power is restored. They have been especially busy on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland this week as winds gusting up to 100km per hours were downing trees and causing multiple power outages. (more…)
Our Friends at the Sierra Club of BC have some great “green” gift ideas.
If your holiday tradition includes gift giving, here are some options to help you with your list while also helping the conservation efforts that give back to the wild places and species of B.C.
The holiday season is all about spending time with family. It’s also a great time to connect to the world around you, whether it’s decorating a tree that fills your house with the scent of the forest, celebrating the winter solstice or sledding in the snow. (more…)
When it comes to success I sure don’t have all the answers, so I reached out to people who I think are very successful to get their take on this topic. But, before you read any further, the first and absolutely most important step to take when it comes to success is to define it. Success could mean giving up all your worldly belongings and meditating on top of a mountain, or finding that gorgeous trophy husband who spends his entire day cooking, cleaning and eagerly anticipating your arrival. It’s all in how you define it. Here are a few secrets from successful people in my life: (more…)
Wear a poppy and help us support the efforts of The Royal Canadian Legion.
For every guest wearing a poppy on November 9, 10, and 11, 2011 when checking into one of our five BC hotel locations, Accent Inns will make a $5 donation to the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command’s Poppy Campaign.
“Accent Inns continues to recognize the great sacrifices made by our fallen heroes, veterans and active personnel. We are very proud of the incredible work that the Royal Canadian Legion does in our communities,” says Mandy Farmer, CEO of Accent Inns. (more…)
Well Leslie & I just completed our annual wine tasting (and purchases) and it was just as enjoyable as in previous years.
We only spent 2 nights this time and stayed of course at the Accent Inn Kelowna and enjoyed some really nice meals at the ABC Restaurant, located at the hotel.
We did the art and specialty galleries in Kelowna, plus wine shops and then preceded to the Naramata Wineries on the second day, returning to Kelowna for the evening.
We did the Osoyoos and Oliver wineries on our 3rd day, on our way back to the coast. (more…)