Announcing the winners of the 2013 Aviva Community Fund competition
Fifth year of competition concludes, brings total donations to over $4,500,000
TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading
providers of home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business
insurance, is pleased to announce the 10 grand prize winners of the 2013 Aviva
Community Fund. The winners were selected by a panel of independent judges
after millions of votes were cast by Canadians over four rounds of the
competition this past September through December.
A total of $1,000,000 will be shared among projects such as Alberta's flood
ravaged Camp Gardner, an extracurricular anti-dropout school program in
Quebec, a pony sanctuary in Newfoundland and playground facilities in PEI, BC
30 great ideas, projects and initiatives qualified for the finals of the Aviva
Community Fund in December. Each of the finalists is guaranteed to receive at
least $5,000 towards their cause or a registered charity of their choosing
doing similar work. A group of 10 finalists have been selected to receive
grand prize funding to help bring the idea or project to fruition
"We continue to be impressed with all of the great ideas entered in the Aviva
Community Fund, and it's clear that areas such as an active and healthy youth
lifestyle and environmental sustainability are near and dear to many
Canadians" said Debora Hendrickson, Senior Vice President at Aviva Canada. "We
are proud that this year's winners bring our donation total to over $4.5
million through 91 community and charity groups over the last five years."
*Within the $1,000,000 in funding are prizes for initiatives within two
specific categories; 1) groups supporting at-risk youth, 2) ideas supported by
an insurance broker. Both of these specific prize winners are noted in the
Launched in September 2009, the Aviva Community Fund encourages Canadians to
share ideas and vote online at AvivaCommunityFund.org for causes that are
meaningful to their communities. After several rounds of voting to identify
Canada's favourite ideas, a panel of independent judges is tasked with
reviewing the causes and selecting the winners.
Aviva Canada congratulates the grand prize winners of the 2013 Aviva Community
Courtney & Skye Buck Memorial Courtyard at Raft River Elementary - Clearwater,
Named for a married school teacher couple who were killed in a car accident,
the courtyard will be a dynamic and vibrant outdoor space at Raft River
Elementary. With over 300 students, the school has reached maximum capacity
with only one playground built for younger primary students. Funding will be
used to build a court area for sports, accessible playground equipment and to
revitalize the surrounding outdoor space.
Project Ecole Mt. Prevost: Let's Get Moving! - Duncan, British Columbia
The recent consolidation of schools in the area resulted in the loss of a
playground and outdoor classroom suitable for younger children. Funding would
be used to purchase all of the necessary equipment for a playground for
younger students, an exercise area for seniors, an outdoor classroom for
teachers, a community garden for neighbours, a sandbox for toddlers and a
picnic space for everyone.
Help Rebuild Alberta Flood-Ravaged Camp Gardner - Calgary, Alberta
Scouts Camp Gardner, located 20 minutes west of Calgary, was directly affected
by the massive floods that ripped through much of Alberta in the summer of
2013. Roughly half of the two-dozen structures on the property were
extensively damaged or written off. More than 5,000 youngsters experience
wilderness learning and adventure at Camp Gardner every year. Funding will
allow for a replacement Environmental Education Centre, a hub for many of the
camp's programs, to be constructed in 2014.
I Am Awesome! Self Esteem & Empowerment Retreat - Emo, Ontario
This project is a weekend retreat to instill confidence and self-esteem in
young girls from ages 10-14.
Attendees will learn invaluable skills through various workshops including
drama, music, visual arts, yoga, creative writing, internet safety and healthy
cooking. Funding will allow for an expanded 2014 retreat for 75 young women
with an opportunity to attend at no cost.
Vincent Massey Kindergarten Playground Renewal - Ottawa, Ontario
This project was created in hopes of improving the school's kindergarten yard
and building a new playground to replace the current play structure that is
small and dilapidated. Funding from Aviva Canada will help execute plans for
an age appropriate play structure, naturalized space adjacent to the
playground and numerous games to be painted on the surrounding asphalt.
*Broker Competition Grand Prize Winner
Make a Splash for Stacey - Sundridge, Ontario
In memory of school teacher Stacey Stillar, the town of Sundridge will build a
splash pad suitable for people of all ages and free for everyone to use.
Funding will allow the Make a Splash for Stacey foundation to reach its
fundraising goal and meet its timeline to have the splash pad up and running
by Canada Day 2014.
*At Risk Youth Grand Prize Winner
WesForYouthOnline.Ca.......It's OKAY to ask for HELP! - Walkerton, Ontario
This project serves Walkerton and its surrounding area, a community that has
been rocked by teen suicides, youth drug and alcohol use, and an increase in
issues like self-harm, eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
WesForYouthOnline.ca (WFYO) is a free and confidential online counseling
service founded in memory of local youth Wes Cameron. Funding will pay for
centre renovations and resources, a youth advisory committee facilitator,
marketing products and workshop speakers, and will impact hundreds of
Paul-Hubert extracurricular anti-dropout program (Le parascolaire contre le
décrochage scolaire au Paul-Hubert )- Rimouski, Quebec
After participating in the Aviva Community Fund for the third year, the
leaders of this program are rewarded for their perseverance with grand-prize
funding. Funding from Aviva will provide much needed equipment and resources
for extra-curricular activities such as music, robotics and sports. These
programs reach almost 600 Paul Hubert High School students and are designed to
engage and motivate those in danger of dropping out.
Souris Playground for ALL - Souris, Prince Edward Island
In the fall of 2014, young students in Souris, PEI will be relocated to the
local high school that is currently under renovation to become a consolidated
institution. The school does not have a playground and funding from the Aviva
Community Fund will provide a diverse outdoor play space with a variety of
features to allow for universal access to children and adults of all abilities.
Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary - Change Islands, Newfoundland
The community of Change Islands relies on the pony sanctuary as a tourism draw
thereby feeding the local economy. Today there are only 250 breed worthy
ponies remaining in the province and the program is a breeding initiative to
increase the population of ponies to a sustainable number. Funding will
provide a new, larger barn and additional facilities including an office and
store to help the sanctuary become self-sufficient and less reliant on donors
$5,000 Finalist Winners**
-- Let's Play Together! Evans Elementary Community Playground -
-- North Island Wildlife Recovery Association - Errington, BC
-- Palsson Playground Improvement - Lake Cowichan, BC
-- Youth4Tap Windermere - Vancouver, BC
-- Community Playground at Qayqayt ("KUH-KITE") - Westminster, BC
-- SAINT-ANDRÉ Playground Project - Beaumont, AB
-- Shelter from the Storm - Edmonton, AB
-- The Cultural Café project: Jobs for the Visually Impaired -
-- The Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) needs your support! -
Smiths Falls, ON
-- Une nouvelle cour d'école pour Gaston-Pilon! / A brand new
schoolyard - Boisbriand, QC
-- Donnez un toit à notre piscine! - Quebec City, QC
-- Refuge Anni-Maux - Saint-Bernard, QC
-- Help Us Help Animals by Completing Our New Shelter! -
-- Refuge Madawaska Shelter Inc. Let's build! Construisons! -
-- Be Their Best Friend - Moncton, NB
-- A low cost cat spay and neuter program in Saint John - Saint
-- Youth Engagement Centre for At Risk Youth - Summerside, PEI
-- The St. Margaret's Bay Skate Park Project - Hubbards, NS
-- Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada Facility - Musquodoboit
-- A Beagle's Dream - St. John's, NL
**$5,000 will be allocated to each non-grand prize winning finalist for
contribution to a registered charity of their choosing doing similar work.
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. A wholly-owned subsidiary of
UK-based Aviva plc, the company 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 AvivaCommunityFund.org or the fund's Facebook page,
AvivaCanada.com, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
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