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 AvivaCommunityFund.org/about/judges. 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 illness.
Aviva Canada congratulates the finalists, listed below by province:
Let's Play Together! Evans Elementary Community Playground (Chilliwack)
Courtney & Skye Buck Memorial Courtyard at Raft River Elementary
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 (Markham)
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! (Walkerton)
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 (Rimouski)
Refuge Anni-maux (St-Bernard)
Help Us Help Animals by Completing Our New Shelter! (Dalhousie)
Aidez à la construction du refuge - Help Build the Shelter (Edmundston)
Be Their Best Friend (Moncton)
A Low Cost Cat Spay and Neuter Program in Saint John (Saint John)
The St. Margaret's Bay Skate Park Project (Hubbards)
Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada Society (Musquodoboit Harbour)
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 AvivaCanada.com, 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.
For further information:
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Social Media, Aviva Canada Inc.
Mobile (416) 523-3225, Desk: (416) 288-2685