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Message from our Board Chair,

Jeff Guignard

It is with a mix of sadness and pride that we announce Dana Harris will be leaving her position as Executive Director of the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) on January 31, 2022.

 

I am immensely proud of everything Dana has accomplished over the past four years. Her endless passion, relentless dedication, and positive leadership style have benefited the Foundation immeasurably, especially amid the extraordinary challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we cannot thank her enough for everything she has contributed to the BCHF.

 

While Dana is leaving the BCHF, she’s not going far. She’ll be re-focusing her attention on her business, Dana Lee Consulting Ltd., while spending more time with her husband and new grandson. She’ll also be mentoring her niece, Montana, on her business. 

 

Dana has often said she considers it a real privilege to have been the BCHF’s ED. I know she’s proud of the Foundation’s many successes over the past couple of years, thanks to the teamwork of our Board, staff, Industry Advisory Council, and volunteers, as well as the amazing support from the hospitality and tourism community at large.  

 

Please join us in wishing Dana a fond farewell as she moves on to the next chapter of her career. You can reach her directly at dana@danalee.biz.

 

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While it’s hard to imagine the BCHF without Dana at the helm, we are excited to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Alana Dickson.

 

Alana is an accomplished marketer, communicator, event manager, and business owner with deep and passionate connections to BC’s hospitality industry. As owner of Aurillia Consulting, Alana has worked with many of BC’s most prominent hospitality associations on various events and marketing campaigns, as well as wine regions from around the world. She also has a long history with the BCHF, having volunteered previously as a fundraising partner and industry advisor.

 

“Alana is a passionate, focused, and highly skilled leader,” said Guignard. “I have known and worked with Alana for many years, and I cannot think of anyone better suited to furthering the Foundation’s important work on behalf of BC’s hospitality industry.”

 

“As a long-time supporter of the BCHF’s work, I am thrilled to give back to the industry that has given me so much over the past fifteen years,” said Dickson. “I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue the Foundation’s vital work of ensuring hospitality professionals get the services and support they deserve in their time of need.”

 

You can learn more about Alana by clicking here.

 

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Beneficiary Update: Who We Helped in 2021

 

2021 was a significant year for the BCHF, as we reached the milestone of having given a total of $1 million to beneficiaries since our inception in 2006. 


Last year the BCHF helped 12 people in our local hospitality industry with a total of $55,931. 


All the people we supported were facing financial crisis due to a serious health condition experienced by themselves or a family member. 


We were able to help in a variety of way, such as by purchasing respiratory machines, paying for physio treatments, topping up GoFundMe campaigns, and temporarily covering basic living expenses.


Beneficiaries included restaurant servers, tour operators, winery employees, hotel housekeepers, and others. 

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Scholarships Ahoy!

 

We’re delighted that in 2022 the BCHF will be awarding more scholarships than ever before. We believe that right now it’s even more important than usual to support the individuals who are the future of our industry. As noted below, we’ll be awarding a wide range of scholarships, so if you or someone you know is eligible, please apply online


  • BC WISE - for individuals enrolled in a wine business program such as winemaking, viticulture, or wine business executive - March 31
  • Wine Professional (formerly Sommelier) – for individuals in the hospitality industry who want to further their wine knowledge - March 31


  • Culinary – in partnership with the Chefs’ Table Society of BC (nominated by CTS) - March 31


  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality – for students enrolled in a wine, culinary, or hospitality program - March 31


  • Hospitality – students are nominated by eligible post-secondary institutions


  • Industry – for the children of parents working in hospitality - applications open year-round


  • Event Management – In collaboration with BCIT


  • Legacy – in honour of Greg King, Nik Lim, Kristofer Bihis, Valerie Soon, and Emily Sheane)

 

***NEW ***

Diversity Scholarships – dedicated exclusively for applicants who belong to underrepresented groups such as First Nations and the LGBTQ+ community

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LAST WEEK - DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY

The online lottery is held in conjunction with the 2022 Dine Out Vancouver festival. Lottery prizes feature top local food, wine, and accommodation, as well as events and entertainment. Ticket sales end this Sunday, January 31st, 2022.

 

This year’s luxury prize packages offer something for everyone. Thirteen amazing prizes including

 

Prize 1 - 13 restaurant gift cards for an outing a month to the Bibo Pizzeria, Beach House, Hot Pot Palace, Maenam, Mila, Ophelia, Flying Pig, Brewhall, Goyza Bar, Paul Bakery, Tap & Barrel, Yuu Japanese Tapas and Bin 4 Burger – Value $1000

 

Prize 2 - 2 nights stay at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, L’Abattoir Gaoler’s Menu for two with wine pairings, two tickets for the Fun City Gala on March 10, 2022 at The Roof at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from 7 to 11 pm and 2 passes to Capilano Suspension Bridge – Value $1540

 

Prize 3 - Two nights at the Sheraton Wall Centre with a $100 gift card to Seasons in the Park and two tickets for one of the Top Drop events either on May 17 or 18, 2022 and 2 passes to Capilano Suspension Bridge – Value $1,050

 

Prize 4 - One night stay at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Two tickets to the Sunday, February 13, 2022 2 pm matinee of Vancouver Opera’s Cavalleria Rusticana at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and $50 gift card to Anh and Chi authentic Vietnamese food – Value $550

 

Tickets are available online in the following packages:


1 for $5

3 for $10

8 for $20

25 for $50


Purchase tickets here until Sunday, January 31st

Prizes draw will take place at 12 o'clock noon on February 1, 2022. 


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Tickets for this year’s Destination Greater Victoria (DGV) and the BC Restaurant Food Services Association (BCRFA) of BC “Dine Around and Stay in Town” lottery are available until February 6th, 2022. 

 

This is a fundraiser for the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF). The lottery offers bidders a chance to win prize packages that include transportation, fine dining, and luxury accommodation in BC’s capital and is supported by DGV and the BCRFA.

 

There are 4 fabulous prizes to be won…..

 

Prize 12 x round trip tickets on Helijet, 2 nights in a penthouse at the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites, and gift cards for the Cactus Club, Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House, and Pizzeria Prima Strada. Value $2,775

 

Prize 21 night in an Erickson Wing Studio at the Inn at Laurel Point including breakfast, 2 teas at the Pendray Tea House, and gift cards for Bodega Bar and Il Terrazzo Ristorante, and BC Ferries vouchers. Value $996

 

Prize 31 night at the Hotel Grand Pacific and gift cards for the Cactus Club and the Tapa Bar. Value $500

 

Prize 4 1 night at the Delta Hotels by Marriott’s Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and gift cards for the Cactus Club, Lido Waterfront Bistro and Drake Eatery. Value $380

 

Tickets are available in the following packages:


1 for $5

3 for $10

8 for $20

25 for $50

Purchase tickets here

Prizes draw will take place at 12 o’clock noon on February 7, 2022. 


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Shop Our Supporters

 

We continue to receive much-needed support from businesses in the local hospitality industry. Please support our supporters by purchasing items from the current fundraising initiatives, including

 

Chef Ann’s Sortilège Maple Whisky Sauce


$10 per bottle at retailers and online – restaurants can order 4l jugs as well!

 

“New School” Collaborative Beer


KPU Brewing & Dead Frog Brewery made this fantastic Dry-Hopped Marzen


$12.99 for 6 cans at BCLDB – CSPC 419620

 

Wander Dog treats from Foley Dog Treat Company


Created for hotel and hospitality operations to give to “canine clients”


Order wholesale online

 

“Gaoler’s Mews” Menu at L’Abattoir


Donation from every 9-course menu at the restaurant

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January 13 to February 23

Our 50/50 Holiday Lottery winner recently took home $2,515!

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5 tickets for $10

20 tickets for $20

150 tickets for $40

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

BCHF’s “Comeback” Golf Tournaments

 

We’re excited that 2022 will mark the return of the BCHF’s legendary golf tournament fundraisers in Vancouver and Victoria, as well as a new event in the Okanagan. Dates and locations are on our EVENT CALENDAR.


We have a strong Golf Committee lead by Mike MacLeod of BCHA and have started planning the tourneys. We’re looking for people and businesses who want to help make our return to the greens a successful one. 


·        Players

·        Committee members

·        Sponsors

·        Auction prize donors


Please contact our Special Event Coordinator, Annabel Aspler at aaspler@bchospitalityfoundation.com if you want to get involved, and/or plan to purchase tickets for one of these fun events.

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