Insurer gives back to communities

Insurance company gives communities much needed funds

Aviva Canada Inc. announced January 25th the eight winning entries of the more then 2,000 that were submitted for the first ever Aviva Community Fund. This is an initiative designed to lead, empower and support positive change in communities across the country.

The program was started October 2009 when Canadians were asked to submit ideas and vote for things that they would like to change at a local or national level. This resulted in several rounds of voting to get to the Top 25 ideas. These are the winners after the judging was completed:

Big Ideas ($50,000 - $250,000)

  • Building a lodge for Camp Triumph: Malpeque, PEI - Camp Triumph is an adventure camp for kids from families living with chronic illness. The Aviva Community Fund will enable this camp to build a lodge for indoor activities and therapy programs.
  • Make Our Dream A Reality: Burnaby, BC - A communal playground shared by several schools, including the BC School for the Deaf, is in dire need of a makeover. Funding from the Aviva Community Fund will enable this community to rebuild the playground with equipment suitable for children with special needs.
  • "Prison Yard" Playground: Brantford, ON - The Aviva Community Fund will enable the King George School to finish rebuilding playground structures, including an outdoor learning centre.
  • Scouting's No One Left Behind: National - The No One Left Behind program was established in 2007 to ensure that financial barriers were not an issue for Canadian children interested in scouting. The funding from Aviva Canada will help the Scouts Canada Foundation provide girls and boys from low-income families the opportunity to belong to a group that teaches important life skills, self esteem and community service.

Medium Ideas ($10,000 - $50,000)

  • Joe's Place - Hungry for Hope: Moose Jaw, SK - Joe's Place Youth centre provides guidance, support, and work skills training for at-risk youth. The funding from Aviva Canada will be used to build a kitchen for Joe's Place as well as install equipment and update the youth centre's social areas.
  • Noel vert pour tous: Montreal, PQ - The Consortium Evolution is a not-for-profit organization that develops innovative and environmentally friendly solutions. With the funding from Aviva Canada, Consortium Evolution plans to collect unused holiday toys from Quebec-based schools in an effort to conserve the valuable energy and resources that were consumed in their production.

Small Ideas (up to $10,000)

  • Charity Champs: Toronto, ON - Charity CHAMPS will build a new online community for Canadians aged 13-25 that nurtures and develops socially responsible attitudes in youth through microphilanthropy.
  • Théâtre Multimédia: Montreal, PQ - This unique arts program will provide 50 low-income schools within the Point-de-l'Ile School board, the opportunity to attend and participate in local theatrical arts initiatives.