Executive Director Dana's message
Welcome to the spring 2021 edition of our newsletter! 

We at the BCHF are focused on the launch of this year’s #HospitalityHustle presented by Odlum Brown Limited, a FREE province-wide virtual event intended to promote mental and physical health by motivating participants to get physically active. Please join us by registering online and then posting training videos on social media! It’s a great way to boost your sense of wellbeing while you connect with others in our industry. We have an amazing roster of prizes this year, including

  • Restaurant and tasting room GCs
  • Cookware
  • Sporting goods
  • Okanagan wine experiences
  • Winery, brewery, and cidery gift packs
  • And many more

The event will conclude Sunday, May 30th with an online dance party hosted by a live DJ. As of today, we have 100 + registrants and 9 Fundraising teams! For more details, please see below.

With all the excitement about the #HospitalityHustle presented by Odlum Brown Limited, however, I don’t want to forget to mention that the BCHF’s scholarship program is also in full swing. If you, or someone you know, is enrolled in a hospitality-related educational program, please visit our website to learn about the scholarships available. Most applications close March 31st 2021.

As I write this the sun is shining in through my window, the birds are singing outside, and I can almost feel the pollen count starting to climb. I’m sure you’ll join me in welcoming spring 2021, and I hope to see you online as part of the BCHF’s #HospitalityHustle presented by Odlum Brown Limited!
Call to Action:
Please Help Us Help Hospitality
The BCHF’s central mission is to help hospitality workers facing financial crisis due to an extraordinary health condition experienced by themselves or a family member. We want to make sure that people who need our help know we exist. 

We would be grateful if everyone reading this newsletter would mention the BCHF, and what we do, to 5 people in their social circle. Friends, family, colleagues…it will help the word to get around so that we can connect with the people who need us. Thank you!
Scholarships Closing Soon
Thank you to our Scholarship Sponsors
If you, or someone you know, is enrolled in a post-secondary educational program related to the hospitality field, you’ll want to check out the scholarship page on the BCHF site. There are several opportunities for students in the areas of wine studies, culinary training, hospitality, and more. The deadline to submit most applications is March 31, 2021.

Thank you to all our scholarship sponsors for making these opportunities possible! We believe that the economic disruptions of the last year make investing in the future of our sector more important than ever.

Presented by Odlum Brown Limited
This FREE province-wide virtual event, a fundraiser for the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), is a great way to promote your overall wellbeing and to connect safely with others in the hospitality industry.

#HospitalityHustle presented by Odlum Brown Limited is meant to

Give people a healthy goal that would help keep them physically and mentally strong!

Show solidarity with owners and workers in the hospitality and tourism industry who are…
  • struggling or have lost their livelihoods
  • still working hard to keep their business afloat during extraordinary times
  • providing a takeout option for those who are socially isolating and/or need a night off

Create awareness of the BCHF.

We encourage #HospitalityHustle participants to

  • Set a goal! The form of the activity is not important. Participants can walk, run, cycle, unicycle, golf, dance, prance, or any other physical activity…get moving!
  • Share their experience on social media with the hashtag #HospitalityHustle.
  • Challenge a friend anywhere in BC to join the event, or
  • Create a team and challenge others to do the same.

It is so easy!!!
Participants set a physical activity goal – anything from walking or running 5km, to playing Frisbee with your dog for half an hour – and then post their training videos or photos on social media using hashtag #HospitalityHustle. 
Prizes and Discounts!!
There are daily prizes randomly drawn and awarded to those who register online and post on social media using #HospitalityHustle. As well, several independent running and fitness stores are extending discounts on merchandise to keep you motivated and safe. Check them out HERE.
The Finish Line!!
Participants connect with others online by posting training videos. On May 30th, 2021 there will be a province-wide virtual event concluding with a virtual dance party.
How to register?
Create a team and fundraise!!
Individuals or teams can help us fundraise, just register online and then create or join a team HERE . If you need help setting up your team page, contact lucy@bchospitalityfoundation.com. We will award prizes to the top fundraising team and overall fundraisers. It is a great way to get active, have fun, and support the hospitality sector!
Meet our new Industry Advisory Council Members
The BCHF Industry Advisory Council supports our awareness and revenue generation activities throughout British Columbia. The group consists of individuals from a wide range of hospitality-related industry sectors.
Barbara Ross
Barbara and her husband Alan, left the city and corporate world to start a cidery and farm in the Kootenays. After many different roles serving on the boards of many non profit organizations, Barbara is now taking the big picture thinking into the day to day of making cider and running a farm. Life in the Kootenays is a far cry from Calgary but has been a wonderful journey.
Colina Marshall
She joined Antinori Estates in Spring 2020 as the Brand Development Manager for Western Canada. Working across multiple areas of the wine industry in the last 15 years Colina has experience in Fine Dining Restaurants, Winery Hospitality and Sales.

In 2016 Colina completed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma. This fueled her passion for wine and moved her to the Okanagan valley where she was the in-house Sommelier at Laughing Stock Vineyards, developing client relations, hosting regular benchmark tastings and, of course, assisting the winery team with harvest.

Her passion for sharing her love of wine with others brought her to Mark Anthony Wine and Spirits in Calgary, where she spearheaded On-Premise luxury sales, working with some of southern Alberta’s finest venues.

In the Fall of 2017 Colina was accepted into the prestigious Masters of Wine Programme, a programme that currently has had less members than the amount of people who have traveled to space. In 2018 she passed the Stage 1 Assessment and intends to sit the Stage 2 Exam in 2021.

Colina has spent time exploring the wine world on trips to Napa Valley, Oregon, Washington State, Bordeaux, London and Italy.
Chris Turyk
Passionate about food and wine, Chris has remained involved in all aspects of the family business since Unsworth’s beginnings in 2009. While studying at The Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, his passion for food and wine matured into a way of life.

After deciding to focus on wine, Chris worked as a Sommelier at Hawksworth Restaurant; received a sommelier scholarship from the BCHF; was featured in McLean’s Magazine; and travelled around North America for Sommelier course exams and competitions. Chris has played a significant role in growing Unsworth Vineyards—from installing vineyards and working with the winemaker, to working closely with his father, Tim, on business phases.

Chris’s passion for farming has extended to competing in the 2018 UBC Farm Practicum in sustainable agriculture.
Kristi Linneboe
Is a Vancouver-based Sommelier and WSET Diploma student who embraces Mother Nature and all things outdoors. She was born and raised in Ottawa, but has been proud to call Vancouver home for the last 13 years. After graduating from Simon University with a degree in Communications and International Relations, Kristi began her wine studies and made a commitment to the hospitality industry.

A wine buying position at Maenam Restaurant is where she first discovered the magic of food and wine paired together, and her role as the Wine Director at L’Abattoir allowed her to focus on France and Italy, while still celebrating the Pacific Northwest. Kristi loves to learn, taste, and travel. Her wine travels have taken her to Portugal, Australia, Oregon, Italy, France, and California, but there are many wine growing regions across the globe that continue to be at the top of her list.
Kristi most recently spent 6 months in the Okanagan Valley, where she was a part of the 2020 harvest team at Tantalus Vineyards. What better way to truly understand viticulture and the winemaking process than to discover it first-hand!

Beyond her commitments in the restaurant and winery scene, Kristi continues to be involved in her local community through volunteer and contribution to the BCHF (British Columbia Hospitality Foundation), Top Drop Vancouver, CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers), VIWF (Vancouver International Wine Festival), BCWI (BC Wine Institute), as well as tasting groups, mentorship programs, and wine events throughout the year.
Charity of Choice Corner

We hope that when the company you own, or work at, is thinking about how to engage with the community at large, you’ll consider naming the BCHF as your Charity of Choice. 

Ideally, we’re hoping to connect with organizations that are willing to

  • Make an annual donation to the BCHF for a minimum of 3 years
  • Include our Charity of Choice logo on their website, with a link to our site

In return, we’ll

  • Make a BCHF representative available to present to your company’s staff and/or clients about our charity’s mission
  • Provide social media support
  • Include your company on a BCHF “shopping” page with a link to your site
  • Provide an annual update about how the funds you donated were used, so you can see the positive difference your organization made

If you have questions about the Charity of Choice program, please contact lucy@bchospitalityfoundation.com.
Shop our Supporters
We are grateful that the BCHF receives funds from a variety of special initiatives initiated by our friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry, including partial proceeds from product sales. Please support our supporters by choosing to purchase their products, and help boost the BC economy at the same time! 
The BCHF is a charity that supports hospitality workers facing financial crisis due to a health condition. These are the people who work in your favourite restaurants, wineries, breweries, bars, and hotels. Often with limited access to benefits or financial aid, our beneficiaries have nowhere else to turn if a health condition arises. Your support has a meaningful impact by getting them back on their feet again.