Posts Tagged ‘Moyra Turner Hospitality Award’

Vancouver Innkeeper Receives Annual Hospitality Award

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Media Release 2014 Moyra Turner Hospitality Award

At its recent annual conference held in West Kelowna, the BC Innkeepers Guild recognized Vancouver innkeeper Graham Laxton with its highest honor, the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award. The Moyra Turner Hospitality Award has been awarded annually since 2002 ( )  and recognizes the member innkeeper who best exhibits hospitality, and who best promotes the concept of hospitality. Nominations for the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award require affirmation of exemplary hospitality by guests or other Guild members.

Graham Laxton, along with wife and partner Lee, has owned and operated Greystone Bed & Breakfast in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood for 15 years.  Graham’s career path took him from being a London “bobby” to helping at a pawnbroker’s, then to the hotel world and ultimately to managing the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club for 24 years before opening Greystone Bed & Breakfast.  Wife Lee is a third generation Vancouverite with a background in the school system.  Soccer and wine, as well as traveling, especially cruising, are passions of their non-innkeeper lives.

Graham and Lee Laxton are recipients of the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award 2014

Graham and Lee Laxton are recipients of the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award 2014

Greystone Bed & Breakfast offers 2 guest rooms as well as a 2-bedroom suite.  Their location close to West 4th as well as downtown offers their guests a very convenient location to many Vancouver attractions, restaurants and transportation routes.  Ranked #5 among all Vancouver Bed & Breakfasts on TripAdvisor, their guest reviews only confirm that receiving the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award is long overdue recognition of their outstanding hospitality.  Greystone Bed & Breakfast also received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.  As their website says “Good Value + Good Times = Greystone Bed & Breakfast”.

Please join BC Innkeepers Guild members throughout the province in congratulating Graham Laxton on his continued excellence in the hospitality industry, and book your next stay in Vancouver at Greystone Bed & Breakfast to enjoy their outstanding hospitality for yourselves!


About the BC Innkeepers Guild:

The BC Innkeepers Guild is a province wide professional Association of B&B innkeepers formed for education, marketing and representation purposes.  Our members are independent B&B innkeepers of British Columbia, Canada who must adhere to the standards of our quality assurance program with regards to guests’ comfort and security.  Look for our members and our signs around the province.  For more information, please visit  To learn more, please contact Communications Coordinator Ingrid Vermegen,

Cowichan Valley innkeeper recipient of B&B Hospitality award

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Moyra Turner Hospitality AwardVancouver, BC – Cowichan Valley BC Innkeeper Ingrid Vermegen was awarded the BC Bed & Breakfasts Innkeepers Guild highest honor for excellence in hospitality at the 2012 Annual General Meeting. The Moyra Turner Hospitality Award recognizes the member innkeeper who best exhibits hospitality, and who best promotes the concept of hospitality. Nominations for the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award require affirmation of exemplary hospitality by guests or other Guild members.

Ingrid Vermegen is the innkeeper and owner of Cobble House Bed & Breakfast on beautiful Vancouver Island. Ingrid brings a combined total of over 25 years in the B&B industry, currently running her Cobble Hill B&B for 19 years, and before that, running a successful small B&B in Richmond for 6 years. Not only a committed and influential member of the bed and breakfast industry, Ingrid has been a committed and integral member to the BC Innkeepers Guild as a board member for over 12 years.

Cobble House Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of Vancouver Island’s Wine Region. Nestled among beautiful green forests, along a bubbling blue creek, lose yourself in the peaceful serenity of the inn and spot local wildlife including deer and owls. Indulge in a delicious full breakfast each morning, then visit local wineries, artisans and attractions.

Join us in congratulating Ingrid Vermegen on her continued excellence in the hospitality industry, and experience it for yourself by joining her at Cobble House Bed & Breakfast.

Moyra Turner 2010 Recipients – Nanaimo Bed & Breakfast

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Moyra Turner Hospitality AwardNanaimo Bed & Breakfast is awarded top hospitality award in Kelowna at annual B.C. Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild’s conference.

Neil and Vivian Reinhart of the Flying Cloud Bed and Breakfast were awarded the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award for personifying the highest standards of innkeeping hospitality. They have operated the Flying Cloud for seven years in the Hammond Bay area and have greeted hundreds of guests from all over the world. Neil and Vivian are active promoters of Nanaimo and its surrounding area through Tourism Nanaimo and Tourism BC.

Vivian – graduated 1971 with a degree in Home Economics with a textile and design major from UBC. Employed by Peter Garrett of Total Look Interiors working there until 1974. Vivian joined the airlines for a couple of years of travelling. That couple of years turned into 27 years while doing design consulting on the side. Vivian met Neil in 1996 while living in Kelowna and was lured to Vancouver Island after their marriage in 2000.

Neil – background in marketing with Scott Paper while living in Vancouver (raised and educated in Edmonton). Moved to Vancouver Island around 1967 where he and former wife raised two sons and opened three restaurants – the last of which was sold in 2002. After his marriage to Vivian in 2000 and they bought their dream home in 2002 where Neil and Vivian planned to share their beautiful location with guests from around the world. Ingrid, Viv & Neil Reinhart

Both Neil and Vivian have been surprised and delighted with how enjoyable it has been to greet guests – a league of nations at the breakfast table some mornings and other times hosting friends and relatives of neighbors that have not the space to provide accommodations in their own homes. Vivians background in the customer service as well as first class flight attendant training and Neils restaurant plus marketing background has been invaluable in their present vocation. Their 5 year plan is now in it’s 8th year and they plan to continue as long as the Flying Cloud keeps its lofty place above Departure Bay.

The Reinhart’s are a part of a dedicated group of fellow B.C. Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members in Nanimo who hosted the annual B&B conference in Nanaimo for 2009. They brought over 100 delegates to Nanaimo for 4 days. The Nanaimo Guild members exemplify the goal of exceptional hospitality while promoting the city of Nanaimo and supporting its restaurants, theaters, art galleries, shops, parks and tourist activities. For a list of all the Guild members in Nanaimo and surrounding areas please go to

The B.C. Bed & Breakfast Guild awards the Moyra Turner Award to those members who best personify the highest standards of innkeeping hospitality. Moyra Turner was a much loved and respected member of the guild, who gave effortlessly to her guests and fellow members. Never seeing the glass half-empty, she was a caregiver who lived to please those around her. Moyra passed away from cancer in 1999, but will live forever in our hearts.

BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild Recognizes Outstanding Hospitality

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Moyra Turner Hospitality AwardNanaimo, B.C. (November 1, 2009) – BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild recognizes
Julie & Peter Griffiths of Arbor B & B in Prince George, BC as this year’s recipient of the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award.

Local B&B Innkeepers Vivian and Neil Reinhart of Flying Cloud B&B were finalists for the award, which is given for continuing hospitality.

100 bed and breakfast innkeepers gathered last week in Nanaimo for their AGM and annual conference and recognized Julie and Peter Griffiths of Arbor B & B in Prince George as this year’s recipients of the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award.

Moyra Turner, a Vancouver innkeeper and founding member of the BC Innkeepers Guild, passed away in 1999, and is remembered annually as this award is given to innkeepers who exemplify her exceptional hospitality to guests and tireless efforts on behalf of the bed and breakfast industry in B.C.

A committee of Nanaimo bed & breakfast innkeepers hosted this year’s conference Triumph over Turbulent Times focusing on consumer trends and successful strategies in the travel industry today. The conference was heralded as an enormous success by current and aspiring innkeepers alike. Nanaimo’s mayor John Ruttan was in attendance to greet delegates from all parts of B.C. as well as Manitoba and Washington State.