TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - January 25, 2011 (Toronto, ON) - Aviva Canada
Inc. is pleased to announce the recipients of the second Aviva
Community Fund competition, and this year ten worthy ideas representing
communities nationwide have been chosen. A total of $1,000,000 will be
awarded to these diverse local projects, including a special hockey
team in Ontario, an animal shelter in the Northwest Territories, a
therapeutic garden in Quebec, and much-needed community playgrounds
across three provinces. This unique competition created by property and
casualty insurer Aviva Canada aims to lead, empower and support
community initiatives across the country.
"The Aviva Community Fund winners celebrate Canada's regional diversity
- this year's winners come from as far north as Yellowknife, Northwest
Territories, and coast to coast from Vancouver, British Columbia, to
Rexton, New Brunswick," said Paul Fletcher, Senior Vice President with
Aviva Canada. "The team at Aviva is committed to bringing these
projects to life, as we lead positive change in both the insurance
industry and in the communities where our customers, employees, brokers
and partners live, work and play."
Launched in September 2010, the Aviva Community Fund encouraged
Canadians to visit www.AvivaCommunityFund.org to share ideas and vote for causes that were meaningful to their
communities. After several rounds of voting to identify Canada's 30
favourite ideas, a panel of impartial judges was tasked with reviewing
the causes and selecting the winners.
Aviva Canada congratulates the winners of the 2010 Aviva Community Fund:
A Special Hockey Team for Special Kids - Capital City Condors!: Kanata, ON - Capital City Condors is an ice hockey team for youth with
intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Funding from Aviva Canada
will help supplement registration fees, ice time and pay for new
Crystal Bay Yard Improvement: Ottawa, ON - The Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education is a place
for children of various abilities to learn and grow. Support from the
Aviva Community Fund will help build a yard equipped with structures
accessible to everyone.
Dreamcoat! The Joy is Contagious: North Bay, ON - Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre is a theatrical group that
enables children to explore and share their love of the dramatic arts.
In addition to providing equipment upgrading, the funding from Aviva
Canada will offer assistance to special needs children and families
experiencing financial challenges.
Dream Playground: Rexton, NB - Rexton Elementary School requires a larger, more modern
play structure. Support from the Aviva Community Fund will help build
a playground where children can enhance their strength, agility, and
gross motor skills through play.
Northwest Territories SPCA Northern Community Animal Shelter: Yellowknife, NWT - The NWT SPCA is a board of volunteers that promotes
proper animal treatment and care. Support from the Aviva Community
Fund will help create a much-needed and eco-friendly animal shelter for
neglected and abandoned pets.
Playground Activity Area for Essex, Ontario: Essex, ON - This rural community is home to Essex Public School, a
special education centre. Funding from the Aviva Community Fund will
allow the school to build the first fully accessible playground area
for children and adults with special needs.
Playground Legacy - 100 Years in the Community: Vancouver, BC - The shared playground for Lord Selkirk School and
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House is in need of improvement. Funding
from the Aviva Community Fund will enable this community to rebuild the
playground and create a welcome garden to celebrate children of all
The Hill of Dreams: Tillsonburg, ON - The primary students at South Ridge Public School
need a new outdoor play area. The Aviva Community Fund will help
provide the children of the school and the surrounding community with a
new playground and new memories.
Therapeutic Garden: Cleveland, QC - The Wales Home, a non-profit organization which provides
care to senior citizens, is creating a therapeutic garden for its
residents suffering with cognitive related dementias. Support from the
Aviva Community Fund will help create a garden area for those suffering
from Alzheimer's disease.
Supporting families affected by cancer: Oshawa, ON - Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre provides care for
families touched by cancer in Durham Region. Funding from Aviva Canada
will help expand Hearth Place's family support services, including
music and art therapists, social workers and special retreat days.
This year's Aviva Community Fund competition also called for ideas from
Aviva's network of independent brokers with one award for a
broker-supported idea outside of the $1,000,000 in funding open to all
ideas. Aviva Canada also congratulates:
A Well Connected Knowledge Centre: Ottawa, ON - In association with Smith Petrie Carr and Scott Insurance
Brokers Ltd, "The Well" will use the funding to provide a knowledge hub
at a drop-in centre for women and children.
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada Inc. 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
group has more than 3,000 employees, 33 locations, 1,700 independent
broker partners and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc,
the world's sixth-largest insurance group. For more information visit avivacanada.com.
SOURCE Aviva Canada Inc.
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