Video: Announcing the winners of the 2013 Aviva Community Fund competition
Fifth year of competition concludes, brings total donations to over
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
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 and Ontario.
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 list below.
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
Courtney & Skye Buck Memorial Courtyard at Raft River Elementary - Clearwater, British Columbia
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
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 vulnerable youth.
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 and
$5,000 Finalist Winners**
Let's Play Together! Evans Elementary Community Playground - Chilliwack,
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 - Markham, ON
The Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) needs your support! - Smiths
Une nouvelle cour d'école pour Gaston-Pilon! / A brand new schoolyard -
Donnez un toit à notre piscine! - Quebec City, QC
Refuge Anni-Maux - Saint-Bernard, QC
Help Us Help Animals by Completing Our New Shelter! - Dalhousie, NB
Refuge Madawaska Shelter Inc. Let's build! Construisons! - Edmundston,
Be Their Best Friend - Moncton, NB
A low cost cat spay and neuter program in Saint John - Saint John, NB
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 Harbour, NS
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
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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