Accent Inns is proud to be a family-owned chain with five hotels in British Columbia. There are Accent Inns located in Victoria, Burnaby, Kelowna, Kamloops and in Richmond at the Vancouver Airport, where guests can take advantage of a free, 24-hour shuttle service to YVR. Each of the five locations is a winner of the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence." With more than 30 years serving travellers across the province, Accent Inns are far from your typical, stuffy hotel chain.

Consider staying with Accent Inns when travelling to PGA of BC championships and events, including next week's Spring Education Seminar at Tsawwassen Springs, conveniently located just 20 minutes from Accent Inns' Richmond location. Members participating in this weekend's Vancouver GolfExpo are also encouraged to lodge at the Accent Inn Burnaby, which is only a 10-minute drive from the PNE Forum. 

Accent Inns is a Bronze-level Preferred Partner of the Association. PGA of BC members can receive preferred pricing on their hotel stays by using promo code 'PGABC' upon booking.  Click below to learn more or reserve a room today.
Excitement is building for next week's PGA of BC Spring Education Seminar presented by ESI Industries, which is set for Monday and Tuesday at Tsawwassen Springs.

In anticipation of the Association's signature professional-development event, the administration team has compiled a seminar preview that provides a taste of what our four featured presenters will be sharing over the two days. Click below to read this look-ahead to the event, which includes highlights of our interview with Will Robins , who will close the program on Tuesday afternoon.

The Spring Education Seminar schedule is as follows:

9:45 a.m. - Introductory remarks: Donald Miyazaki; Executive Director, PGA of BC
10:00 a.m. –  Jeff Smith ; Tour Coach & Instructor, TPC Summerlin; Founder, Course Kings
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. – Jeff Smith (continued)
2:00 p.m. -  George Pinches ; Director, Global Golf Advisors
4:30 p.m. – PGA of British Columbia Annual General Meeting

8:30 a.m. –  Glen Daman ; Owner, 10th Degree Consulting Inc.
11:30 a.m. - Lunch
12:15 p.m. -  Will Robins , PGA; CEO, Robins Golf Logistix (RGX)
3:00 p.m. - Closing remarks; Donald Miyazaki

Members attending are reminded to sign in at registration on both days of the event to receive credit under the Professional Development Program; points will not be added retroactively. Click here to view the event page and see full details for this year's Spring Education Seminar.
Earlier this week, the PGA of BC was proud to introduce ESI Industries as the presenting sponsor of our 2020 Spring Education Seminar.

In addition to supporting the PGA of BC’s signature professional-development event, ESI Industries will be a Silver-level Preferred Partner of the Association through the 2020 season.

ESI Industries specializes in the design and manufacture of steel structural poles and products with multiple applications for golf facilities, including lighting, security and on-course monitoring, wi-fi hotspots, electric vehicle charging and other modular amenities. The company also offers ChargePoint commercial charging stations, allowing businesses to conveniently provide bollard or wall-mounted charging stations for electric vehicle-driving patrons.

ESI Industries will have representation on-site at Tsawwassen Springs for the PGA of BC Spring Education Seminar, allowing attendees an opportunity to learn more about the company’s products and the advantages they can bring to golf facilities on numerous fronts. Click below to learn more.
The Vancouver GolfExpo will generously offer complimentary admission to PGA of BC members when the event returns to the PNE on Saturday and Sunday. 

Show your PGA of Canada digital membership card upon arrival to receive free entry for yourself and a guest. Juniors aged 17 and under are also welcome to attend at no cost. 

PGA of BC Professionals will once again have presence at the show, conducting lesson demonstrations for the public on the Expo's seminar stage at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 8, and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 9. Thank you to all members who have volunteered their time to represent us at the event.
For Sale: Golf Club Operation at Hope Golf Club

Bonavin Professional Services Inc. is offering a complete turnkey business operation for sale at the Hope Golf Club. It is a fully operational, busy, well established business complete with all needed equipment and assets for continued operation. Training and consultation will be provided as needed and agreed upon to ensure a smooth transition. The business is multifaceted and includes operating the golf course, 36-seat restaurant, 30-seat patio and 125-seat banquet facility. Lands and Buildings not part of the sale as they are owned by the District of Hope and the Hope Golf & Country Club Society.

Click here for full details and contact information for interested buyers.
The PGA of BC is pleased to share the news that Black Mountain Golf Club Head Professional Russ Latimer and partner Connie (née Andrechek) tied the knot in Mexico last month.

The wedding took place on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Ocean Riviera Paradise in Playa Del Carmen.

The couple celebrated their nuptials alongside 87 attendees, including seven PGA of Canada Professionals.

The PGA of BC extends its congratulations and wishes all the best to the Latimers!
Chris Medford has left St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino and transfers to the Atlantic Zone

Jeff Buder has left McCleery Golf Course and joins University Golf Club as a Teaching Professional

Geoff Smith has transfered from the Onatrio Zone and joins University Golf Club as a Teaching Professional

Ye Rin Suh 's application to the PGA of Canada has been accepted and she becomes an Apprentice Professional at Fraserview Golf Academy (March 1)

Brian McDonald becomes Executive Professional at Fairview Mountain Golf Club

Rob Tadey  has successfully completed the National training program and becomes Head Professional at Fairview Mountain Golf Club 

Albert (Abe) Buckle  has transfered from the Ottawa Valley Zone and joins Mountain View Golf Club as Head Professional 

Jeff Wiggins becomes a Class "A" Professional at Mountain View Golf Club 
Assistant Professional - Eaglequest Golf Centre at Nanaimo

Apprentice Professional - Capilano Golf & Country Club

Associate Professional - The Falls Golf Club

Assistant Professional - Fairview Mountain Golf Club

Assistant Professional - Lakepoint Golf & Country Club

Golf Club Operations opportunity - Hope Golf Club

Associate Golf Professional/Retail Manager - Chilliwack Golf Club
Did you know that provincial government funding is available to subsidize the cost of employee training? The BC Employer Training Grant is accepting applications now, and may cover 60 per cent of the costs of improving a worker's job-related skills.

Consider taking advantage of this grant for programs like those offered by our Preferred Partners at Dale Carnegie Training of British Columbia. Its flagship 12-week program, " Effective Communications and Human Relations ," is set to run in Burnaby, Abbotsford and Kelowna in March through July; click here to view schedules by community. Successful grant applicants would have a significant portion of the program's $2,200 investment subsidized.

Click here to learn more about the BC Employer Training Grant and to apply. The length of the application window is based upon demand, so interested employers and facilities are urged to apply now to avoid missing out.

Anyone seeking assistance on the application process, or with questions about any Dale Carnegie programs, is encouraged to contact Paul Sinkevich, President of Dale Carnegie Training of BC, at .
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