TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Aviva Canada Inc. is pleased to announce
the recipients of the third Aviva Community Fund competition, and this
year Canadians helped select 12 worthy ideas representing communities
nationwide. A total of $1,000,000 will be awarded to these diverse
local projects, including school yards in Ontario and Alberta, an
animal rescue facility in British Columbia and a youth camp in Quebec,
among others. This unique competition created by property and casualty
insurer Aviva Canada aims to lead, empower and support community
initiatives across the country.
"We're proud to be able to support such a great group of organizations
in their efforts to improve communities across Canada," said Maurice
Tulloch, President and CEO of Aviva Canada. "We'd like to thank our
broker partners who stepped up and got involved in the competition this
year, along with our vendors and all Canadians that supported the Aviva
Launched in September 2009, the Aviva Community Fund encourages
Canadians to visit www.AvivaCommunityFund.org to share ideas and vote 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 would like to thank the numerous community partners that
contributed to the Aviva Community Fund this year including Abilities
Foundation, Benevity, Canadian Mental Health Association, Child Welfare
League of Canada, Diabetes Hope Foundation, Essential Accessibility,
Food Banks Canada, Free The Children, Learning for a Sustainable
Future, March of Dimes, National Alliance for Children and Youth,
ParticipACTION, Psychology Foundation of Canada, Seeds Foundation and
Aviva Canada congratulates the winners of the 2011 Aviva Community Fund:
Kitchen Equipment to Help Feed Bodies and Soul: Kamloops, BC - The PIT (People In Transition) Stop team serves meals to
over 150 less fortunate members of the community every week at the
Kamloops United Church. Support from the Aviva Community Fund will
enable the PIT Stop team to add much needed equipment to their kitchen
which is also used by community organizations and after school
Northern Lights Wildlife Society, Bear Rescue Facility: Smithers, BC - NLWS is a volunteer based charity dedicated to
rehabilitating injured and/or orphaned juvenile wildlife back into the
wild. To aid in the growing demand on the bear rescue facility, the
Aviva Community Fund will provide the resources to add fencing for a
10,000 square foot area, a shelter space and activity opportunities for
Holyrood School Courtyard Classroom: Edmonton, AB - With support from Aviva Canada, Holyrood Elementary
School will create a vibrant outdoor courtyard classroom. The classroom
will be used by the students, a local senior's centre, an extended care
facility and group home. The classroom will include vegetable gardens,
native shrubs, small trees, log seating and pathways.
G.S. Lakie Convertible Theatre/Summer Arts Institute: Lethbridge, AB - Support from the Aviva Community Fund will allow G.S. Lakie Middle
School to add lighting and other technical requirements to transform
their multi-use foyer into a theatre to house summer arts programs,
workshops and festivals for youth across Western Canada. The space can
accommodate up to 700 spectators and is used by the school, various
arts groups and the community at large.
Yorkton Skateboard, Bike and Walking Park: Yorkton, SK - Yorkton was hit hard by flood waters in 2010, causing
severe damage to many homes and businesses. As part of the Brodie
Avenue Redevelopment Project, funding from the Aviva Community Fund
will be matched by the City of Yorkton for the construction of a
skateboard, bike and walking park.
Kate's Kause Accessible and Inclusive Playground: Elmira, ON - Elmira does not currently have a playground that is
accessible for those with disabilities. Through funding from Aviva
Canada, Kate's Kause will build a playground structure with access for
those with physical limitations, while addressing the needs of children
with cognitive, visual, sensory and auditory disabilities.
St. John School's Field of Dreams: Guelph, ON - St. John School has a vision to see their entire playground
and surrounding green space transformed into a shady, more naturalized
and stimulating outdoor environment for students and the community.
With support of the Aviva Community Fund, the school will add a junior
kindergarten enclosure, outdoor classroom, outdoor reading room and a
St. Joseph's Villa/S.I.M Gym (Seniors in Motion): Dundas, ON - The SIM Gym at St. Joseph's Villa is a fitness program that
supports active aging and reduces the impact of age-related injuries
and health problems. Funding from Aviva Canada will allow St. Joseph's
to increase their space and SIM program by 75%, accommodate a growing
wait list, add new programs, expand hours of operation and increase
Cameron Street Public School's Yard Revitalization: Collingwood, ON - Cameron Street Public School, with Funding from Aviva
Canada, will create natural play spaces where children can play and
learn throughout their property. Improvements include an outdoor
classroom with a sensory and vegetable garden, landscaping, resurfaced
baseball diamonds, tarmac areas and a natural playground.
Give our Lions a Place to Roar (Lincoln Centennial Public School): St. Catharines, ON - After over five years with no outdoor play
structure, Lincoln Centennial Public School will use funding from the
Aviva Community Fund to create an outdoor playground for their
community and students, including a special-needs class.
The Cascades Club: Chelsea, QC - The Cascades Club is an active waterfront community
organization that has been operating summer camps, as well as swimming
and various boating programs, since 1920. Support from Aviva Canada
will assist in securing a 1/3 acre waterfront property so the 800
members and hundreds touched through outreach programs may enjoy and
benefit from waterfront activities on the Gatineau River.
All Natural Play Area - Centre de plein air Domaine-Notre-Dame: Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, QC - The Centre de plein air
Domaine-Notre-Dame is a camp facility that encourages education,
respect and accountability. The camp uses science workshops, cooking
creation and expression, physical games, horseback riding and general
camping to help youth aged 2 to 14 to develop. Funding from Aviva
Canada will help create a cooking laboratory, recycling amenities,
resurfacing of sport areas as well as the addition of picnic tables and
change room facilities.
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 world's
sixth-largest insurance group, the company has more than 3,000
employees, 30 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.
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