Year four of the competition starts today
TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Aviva Canada Inc., one of the country's
leading providers of home, auto, leisure and business insurance, is
pleased to announce the return of the Aviva Community Fund competition.
The fourth year of the competition opens today, offering Canadians
$1,000,000 to lead, empower and support community initiatives across
"I wanted to make a difference in my community for all children with
disabilities, so how could I pass on the opportunity to enter the Aviva
Community Fund?" said Kelly Meissner, idea generator behind 2011 Aviva
Community Fund Winner Kate's Kause. After winning $60,000 Kate's Kause
was able to build a fully accessible playground for the entire Elmira,
Ontario community to use.
Starting today, Canadians can go to AvivaCommunityFund.org to submit ideas that will have a positive effect on their local
community. After rallying support from friends, family, neighbours and
co-workers, the most popular ideas will have a chance to be funded with
the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund.
The twelve winning ideas in 2011 ranged from a bear rescue facility in
Smithers, British Columbia, to a creative education youth camp in
Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Quebec, to a skateboard park in
Yorkton, Saskatchewan to a senior's gym in Dundas, Ontario. Launched in
the fall of 2009, the Aviva Community Fund competition has already
provided over $2.5 million in funding to 31 charities and community
"We help thousands of Canadian everyday and the Aviva Community Fund is
an extension of this," said Maurice Tulloch, President and CEO, Aviva
Canada. "Our brokers, charitable organizations and Canadians in general
have responded so positively to the Fund that we're back with another
New to the competition this year, and within the $1 million in funding,
is a specific prize of up to $150,000 for Canadian community groups or
charities that support homeless and at-risk youth programs. Also within
$1 million in funding again this year is up to $150,000 in funding for
initiatives specifically supported by insurance brokers.
Canadians can access the competition and vote via AvivaCommunityFund.org and Facebook www.facebook.com/AvivaCommunityFund). Also, for every Like the Aviva Community Fund receives on Facebook,
$1 will be donated to a number of charitable partners.
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 AvivaCanada.com, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
SOURCE: Aviva Canada Inc.
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