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Victoria, B.C. (October 4, 2021) – In recognition of British Columbia’s teachers and their efforts over the past year and a half, Accent Inns is providing complimentary hotel stays to one lucky teacher and their entire faculty (teacher assistants and custodians included) to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day.

To mark Teacher Appreciation Day this year, employees from all five Accent Inns locations visited local schools in Kamloops, Richmond, Burnaby, Victoria and Kelowna to personally thank teachers and present gift baskets containing custom bubble baths and signature Accent Inns rubber duckies with special discount promo codes for their next stay.

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation recently conducted an online survey that saw most teachers (83 per cent) experiencing worsening mental health since the pandemic began. Having to pivot to online learning and then navigating changing public health guidelines in relation to classroom learning also meant more work and stress for teachers.

“School workers are heroes in our communities and they all need a well-deserved getaway,” said Mandy Farmer, CEO of Accent Inns. “We wanted to take the time to thank B.C. teachers and school workers for all their hard work, especially during this pandemic. We love you!”

In addition, all school staff in British Columbia have the chance to win a two-night free stay for their entire school staff on Accent Inns’ Facebook page until October 8, 2021. To win, Facebook users must nominate an awesome school worker to be entered into the draw. The winner will receive a two-night stay at any Accent Inns hotel for them and every employee at their school. 

Accent Inns has been supporting B.C.’s frontline workers since the onset of COVID-19. In March 2020, the company launched ‘Hotels for Frontline Workers’ fund with the United Way of Greater Victoria that enabled B.C.’s essential workers to isolate themselves in an Accent Inns hotel room safely without worrying about bringing the virus home to their families. This fund raised over $120,000 in community-donated room nights.

On Transit Driver Appreciation Day earlier this year, Accent Inns employees went out into their communities to hand out gift cards to local bus drivers while they were on their routes to show their appreciation for all their work during the pandemic.

These activations have been received favorably within the community, resulting in positive reactions and a letter to the editor from Al Peressini, the President of the Amalgamated Transit Union in Kelowna.