Canadians select 30 exceptional ideas for positive change - announcing the 2013 Aviva Community Fund Finalists

Canadians select 30 exceptional ideas for positive change - announcing the 
2013 Aviva Community Fund Finalists 
Judging round now begins; winners to be announced January 28, 2014 
TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - After four rounds and over 2.5 million votes, 
Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading providers of home, auto, leisure 
and business insurance, is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2013 Aviva 
Community Fund. 
"It's through voting that Canadians get their say on how we help create 
positive change across the country," said Debora Hendrickson, Senior Vice 
President at Aviva Canada. "We now rely on the expertise and insight of our 
panel of impartial judges." 
The 2013 Aviva Community Fund judges include Etalk Anchor Tanya Kim, David 
Suzuki Foundation CEO Peter Robinson, Calgary Foundation President and CEO Eva 
Friesen, President and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada Dr. Jacline 
Abray-Nyman and author and journalist Bruce Sellery. The judges will review 
the ideas to decide which projects will receive full funding. For a complete 
list of judges, visit Winners will be 
announced January 28, 2013 on CTV's Canada AM. 
Each of the 30 finalists are not only eligible to receive the full amount for 
which they applied, but every finalist not selected for full funding will 
receive $5,000 towards their cause.* 
Created in 2009, the Aviva Community Fund is a competition that asks Canadians 
to submit and vote for ideas that create positive change across the country. 
Whether it's a project that will help get at-risk youth off the street and 
back into school, or other ways to extend a hand to those in need, the Aviva 
Community Fund enables individuals and groups to not only submit a community 
initiative for funding, but also become actively involved in making change 
happen. The Fund has already provided over $3.5 million in funding to 61 
charities and community groups including youth programs, animal shelters, 
public schools, camps and centres for those affected by disabilities or 
Aviva Canada congratulates the finalists, listed below by province: 
British Columbia 

    --  Let's Play Together! Evans Elementary Community Playground
    --  Courtney & Skye Buck Memorial Courtyard at Raft River
        Elementary (Clearwater)
    --  Project Ecole Mt. Prevost: Let's Get Moving! (Duncan)
    --  North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (Errington)
    --  Palsson Playground Improvement (Lake Cowichan)
    --  Community Playground at Qayqayt (KUH-KITE) - (New Westminster)
    --  Youth4Tap Windermere (Vancouver)

    --  Saint-André Playground Project (Beaumont)
    --  Help Rebuild Alberta Flood-Ravaged Camp Gardner (Calgary)
    --  Shelter from the Storm (Edmonton)

    --  I Am Awesome! Self Esteem & Empowerment Retreat (Emo)
    --  The Cultural Café Project: Jobs for the Visually Impaired 
    --  Vincent Massey Kindergarten Playground Renewal (Ottawa)
    --  Give All the Paws at LAWS a New, Safe Home! (Smiths Falls)
    --  Make a Splash for Stacey (Sundridge)
    --  WesForYouthOnline.Ca.......It's Okay to Ask for Help!

    --  Une nouvelle cour d'école pour Gaston-Pilon! (Boisbriand)
    --  Donnez un toit à notre piscine! (Quebec City)
    --  Le parascolaire contre le décrochage scolaire au Paul-Hubert
    --  Refuge Anni-maux (St-Bernard)

New Brunswick
    --  Help Us Help Animals by Completing Our New Shelter! (Dalhousie)
    --  Aidez à la construction du refuge - Help Build the Shelter
    --  Be Their Best Friend (Moncton)
    --  A Low Cost Cat Spay and Neuter Program in Saint John (Saint

Nova Scotia
    --  The St. Margaret's Bay Skate Park Project (Hubbards)
    --  Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada Society (Musquodoboit

Newfoundland and Labrador
    --  Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary (Change Islands)
    --  A Beagle's Dream (St. John's)

Prince Edward Island
    --  Souris Playground for ALL (Souris)
    --  Youth Engagement Centre for At-Risk Youth (Summerside)

Canadians can also connect with the Aviva Community Fund through the 
competition's Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance groups in 
Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business 
insurance to more than three million customers. The Company is a wholly-owned 
subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc and has more than 3,000 employees, 25 
locations and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada and its 
employees invest in positive change including through the Aviva Community Fund 
and Eva's Initiatives, its partner in Aviva's global Street to School program 
to help homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential.

For more information visit, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook 
and LinkedIn pages.

*If the finalist idea is not selected for full funding, it may be required to 
direct their $5,000 in funding towards a registered charity or established 
group doing similar work in their community.

SOURCE  Aviva Canada Inc. 
Media Contact: Glenn Cooper Senior Manager, Public Relations & Social Media, 
Aviva Canada Inc. Mobile (416) 523-3225, Desk: (416) 288-2685 
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