Together we are stronger: Simple donations bring a community together to make a difference
To uphold our 4 star quality standard in our suites, we are continually upgrading and improving our products and services. With nearly 50 suites in our portfolio undergoing updates, we do end up with a lot of perfectly good, usable items that are certainly not destined to fulfill their days in the landfill. Hence, our philosophy is that what we don’t use or need, we donate. Today was a day not unlike others, but what started out to be an ordinary donation drop off, turned into a heart-warming glimpse into the human spirit of our dear Victorian neighbours.
Today we made a trip to the Compassionate Resource Warehouse, or the CRW as they are known locally. The CRW is a registered charity that helps those in need by collecting, processing, packaging, and shipping a variety of donated goods and equipment to responsible charities around the globe. Walking into the Compassionate Resources Warehouse was like entering into a working beehive. Dozens of volunteers buzzed about between towering shelves stacked high to the ceiling. Rows upon rows of boxes stretched back into the shadowy depths of the huge warehouse. It was almost too much to take in at first; the vast quantity of supplies was dizzying. We were quickly greeted and welcomed a tour of the space and operations. What initially appeared to be complete chaos, soon took the form of a tightly organized, well-oiled machine of an operation.
Every body makes a difference.
I couldn’t believe how many people came together to make a difference. Everyone had a job to do, and everyone did it happily. Someone was assembling educational kits for a country in need, another was fixing sewing machines and replacing the electric components with a hand crank – so that anyone in any country could make use of the machine whether they had access to electricity or not. Dozens of wheelchairs were collected, disassembled, reassembled, fixed, and stored. Everything had a place in the warehouse, from sporting goods to educational materials, tools, toys, medical supplies, clothing, and housewares. Last year alone, the Compassionate Resource Warehouse shipped over 500 walkers overseas, 2956 sewing kits, 689 bikes, 4145 medical supply boxes, and 1267 hospital beds.
It stretched my mind and warmed my heart to think that this kind of compassion is coming from our fellow friends and neighbours, who freely give their time, skills, and resources to make a difference. The CRW is an all-volunteer organization and reflects the generosity and community spirit of Victorians, and we couldn’t be happier to donate our gently used goods to this charity. For drop off information, visit the CRW website here.
Join Premiere Suites and the Women’s Real Estate Network to find out if Corporate Rentals are right for you!
When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to
Where: Premiere Suites, 834 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC
Price: CAD25.00 /per person (Refund policy)
Please come join us and be inspired by an amazing panel of Women real estate investors, business owners and educators. We have an incredible line up of speakers that will be sharing their knowledge, expertise and stories with all of us.
Does the thought of making extra money with a vacation or corporate rental locally or globally get you revved up? Are you confused about the regulations and the amount of work involved? Is a turnkey property that someone else manages for you they ticket for you?
Join Rachelle and Beverly as they give an overview of what to expect and how to prepare to enter this now global billion dollar economy.
President & Managing Partner
Rachelle was teaching French at the University of Victoria when she first heard about Premiere Executive Suites. She was intrigued by a hotel model that utilized fully furnished condos for accommodation, and after some investigating with her business partner they purchased the franchise for Victoria BC. 10 years ago they started with one apartment and $3000, which has now grown to nearly 50 apartments and a staff of 10. In her years of running the Victoria location, Rachelle has enjoyed meeting new guests and clients from all over the world. She enjoys traveling, particularly cycling trips through Europe, and is very fond of French white wines.
Owner and founder of the Magical Marketing Booth, Beverly combines twenty years of diverse experience with her passion and expertise in the tourism and hospitality industry. Bev has held senior sales and marketing roles in the hotel industry and has used her strategic alliances ability to garner exclusive, long-term business agreements with prestigious clients. Bev delights in using her creativity to offer clients unique insights, perspectives and relationships gained through consistent and proven successes.
Her “magical” ability is in her enthusiasm for matching a large network of suppliers and buyers in the leisure, luxury, corporate, incentive, and educational markets. Her strong community involvement spans tourism and chamber boards, chairing organizations such as Vancouver Island Meeting Planners & Suppliers, the Liaison Committee of CFB Esquimalt, Friends of Protecteur, VI South Film Commission, and the Victoria Hospital Foundation. Bev plays golf, is dedicated to her family and friends, and loves to travel and experience new adventures. Premiere Suites Victoria is thrilled to have Beverly join our team! Her warm, outgoing demeanor and drive for professional growth are an inspiration to us all.
Experienced Bylaw Officer
Eleven years in municipal government with five years focused on bylaw enforcement in two of Vancouver Island’s largest municipalities. In this general overview, Mia will highlight common enforcement matters to consider before buying a property and how to manage your way through the compliance process should a violation occur. The key is understanding the regulations and doing your due diligence.
6:15pm – Registration
6:30pm – Laurie & Liza welcome and real estate up-dates
7:00pm – Mia Frankl
7:30pm – Rachelle Keeley & Beverly Booth
8:00pm – Discussions, questions, roundtable
Your $25 Pre-Paid admission will include an evening of real estate knowledge, networking with like-minded women, a glass of wine and light snacks.
We look forward to seeing you there!
I’ve never been very good at good-byes.
In fact I think we all started to miss you the day you told us you were moving on. So it is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our lovely Dani. She has been a shinning star in our office for the better part of a year and we will all miss you greatly! What is Dani moving onto that is better than Premiere Suites you might ask? Well certainly not better (we’re a tough act to follow!), but in a very different direction… Dani is moving to Vancouver to follow her passion in the Film industry. With many industries and successes under her belt, we are sure she will flourish amid the creativity and craziness of the acting world! We wish you all the best in your new endeavours Dani! (sniff-sniff)
Please give a warm welcome to our newest, smallest, softest, cutest, team memebers:
Mr. Smith and Mrs. Lopez.
These two sweethearts are siblings and were rescued from the SPCA.
They have found their forever homes with Rachelle and love to cuddle and make mischief in turn!
Our family is growing and our hearts are too.
Over the years I’ve noticed the gluten free diet becoming not just a dietary necessity for those with gluten intolerance, but a lifestyle choice for many. A trend has started, and it’s one we hope will stick around because Celiacs are rejoicing in the vast array of products now available.
6 years ago it was a real challenge to eat out. I spent many dinners out grumpily forking my salad while my friends noshed into their mouth-watering, gluten laden dishes. I played it cool like it wasn’t a big deal, I was doing my body a favour and who needed all that bread anyway? But who was I kidding!
Fast forward to present day, where nearly anything can be made gluten-free. Pizza? No problem. Sandwiches? Everywhere. Pasta? Even the fancy Italian restaurants offer it! I’ve found chicken nuggets, empanadas, perogies, chicken pot pies, angel food cake, you name it. It has become a hobby if not an obsession to locate all the gluten free goodness available in the city. And there is a lot of goodness to be found!
Someone once asked if you could eat gluten again, what would be the first thing you would eat? Not too long ago I could spout off a list faster than you could blink an eye. But now I’d have to say I’m pretty satiated with all the options out there. Anything I can’t find, I make. But then one day it came to me. One thing that just doesn’t seem to exist is a freshly made, gluten-free donut. Yes, pre-packaged, frozen options are out there. But we’re talking about the real deal here. And so the hunt began. A few weeks of research and poking around town only led to dead ends, but I wasn’t about to give up so easily. I could already picture the tender pastry, and taste the honey sweet glaze on my tongue. Yet dedication and anticipation didn’t bake these donuts. My hopes were dashed.
Some say love will find you when you stop looking for it. This was certainly true for my search of a fresh baked gluten free donut. An unassuming stop into Discovery Coffee during a stroll through Oak Bay Village turned into a jubilant day. Sitting right there at the end of the bakery display was a row of fresh baked, perfectly formed French crullers, so fresh that you worried the pastry would collapse if you looked at it too long. They seemed so plump, so sticky, and oh so doughy – I had to double check they were in fact gluten free. (Yes!) I tried to contain my excitement as I ordered and rushed home to photograph this masterpiece before indulging. I kept sneaking peaks along the half our walk home. It looked too good to be true. I felt my four year old self returning, just like that time I found myself alone with the birthday cake. Needless to say, temptation won. And it was heavenly.
We love when our clients stop by! Especially with what we have all been looking for so long…
May we introduce to you, The Perfect Man.
Sweet and decadently rich… where to start? The head or the toes?
May February be filled with all things delightful. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day from us to you!
If you have a couple of hours to be completely wowed “Boom” is for you. Written, directed and acted by Rick Miller, it is the most intelligent thing I have seen in a long time. Rick takes three, culturally diverse sides of his family tree and combines them with the music and events of the time (1945 to 1969) using today’s technology to pull you into a 3D kind of holographic stage presence. You will be very impressed, moved and completely entertained. Rick even stays around after his performances to chat and answer questions from the audience. Who does that?
Here is part of Rick Miller’s bio from the Belfry’s program:
Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in 5 languages on 5 continents and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”.
If you get a chance to check out Boom you will not be disappointed. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Rick, his team and the staff at the Belfry Theatre for bringing this fantastic performance to Victoria. Check out the upcoming performances at the Belfry Theatre.
Meet Linus, the newest member of the team at Premiere Suites Victoria. A little about Linus: he is a handsome young buck that enjoys long walks, but prefers if it’s not raining because he doesn’t like getting water in his ears. Linus spends most of his morning staring out the window at traffic and pedestrians. In the afternoon you can generally find him under the table taking a nap, you know he’s comfortable if he starts to snore. Throughout the day he will do his rounds to everyone’s desk, in hopes of some attention… we all don’t mind though. He is a lover of all people, and will gladly greet you at the door with a smile when you come into our office.
Woof Woof. Linus is a 1.5 year old Bull-Terrier X, with a heart of gold. Our reservations co-ordinator, Katie, has recently adopted him; he is a rescue from California. With the help of Raincoast Rescue, he will now have a forever home full of love and adventure. Katie had this to say: “It’s like having a child! Despite the fact that I haven’t had him for long, I already love him so much. He is such a goof, and wants nothing more than to be loved. When we are out for walks, he has the ability to bring a smile to a strangers face.”
Bringing a rescue into your home can be extremely challenging. There must be several layers of trust established between the master and dog. The rescue has most likely been through a lot of homes/shelters and traumatic events, making any transition for that dog difficult. They are confused, and unaware of their surroundings, but if you have the ability to open up your heart and be patient the rewards are monumental. Adopting a rescue will create a lifelong companion who wants nothing more than to love and be loved.
If you are considering adopting a dog, look into contacting your local shelter or dog rescue services.
Victoria is home to one of Canada’s two navy bases, with the majority of the Royal Canadian Navy’s pacific operations being based at CFB Esquimalt. In addition to a large military population in our community, we are also treated to many parades and ceremonies with a large turnout of our men and women in uniform. This Sunday, May 4th, was no exception as military personnel and civilians gathered at the cenotaph on the Legislature lawn to remember the Battle of the Atlantic.
The Battle of Atlantic took place during World War II, from September 3 1939 to May 8 1945. Canada’s Merchant Navy suffered losses of over 70 vessels and 1,600 sailors. When the war began Canada had 38 sea-faring merchant vessels. This changed drastically by the end of the war, as over 400 cargo ships had then been built in Canada. The Battle of the Atlantic was the only battle of the Second World War to reach North American shores (with the exception of the Alaskan Aleutian Island invasion by the Japanese). U-boats entered into battle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and between May 1942 and November 1944 they sunk several merchant ships and 3 Canadian warships. Even though the Canadian casualties were high, the Battle of the St. Lawrence was considered a victory for Canada as they were ultimately able to disrupt U-boat operations and protect their convoys.
For the ceremony here in Victoria, our Canadian Forces members stood in formation on the lawn of the Legislature while a parade including more service members, cadets, veteran flag bearers and the Naden band approached via Government St. Veterans of the Battle of the Atlantic performed readings followed by a wreath laying ceremony. The pouring rain and chilly temperatures were a challenge, but as Rear-Admiral Truelove pointed out, the men and women who fought the Battle of the Atlantic suffered much worse conditions and a couple of hours of rain were the least of our troubles.