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Voters select Canadian semi-finalists in Aviva Community Fund competition


November 28, 2013   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Aviva Community Fund has announced the semi-finalists for its competition, which offers $1 million in donations for community initiatives across the country.

 Canadians submitted around 1,100 ideas and cast nearly 2 million votes for projects that will improve communities across the country. The semi-finalists will now attempt to gain votes again, with the top 30 (10 from each funding category) becoming finalists, guaranteeing their idea between $5,000 and $150,000 in funding.

Ideas with associated charities that are not moving to the semi-finals will also have their “vote now” button on the Aviva Community Fund website replaced with a “donate now” button, to allow for continued support.

Starting Dec. 2, voters can visit the website o support their favourite semi-finalist ideas until Dec. 11. Finalists and winners will be announced Dec. 13, 2013 and Jan.28, 2014, respectively.

The semi-finalists include:

British Columbia (11)

  • Let’s Play Together! Evans Elementary Community Playground (Chilliwack)
  • Courtney & Skye Buck Memorial Courtyard at Raft River Elementary (Clearwater)
  • Project Ecole Mt. Prevost: Let’s Get Moving! (Duncan)
  • North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (Errington)
  • Palsson Playground Improvement (Lake Cowichan)
  • Critter Care Wildlife Society – Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (Langley)
  • Dream Harry Hooge Elementary Playground (Maple Ridge)
  • Community Playground at Qayqayt (KUH-KITE) – (New Westminster)
  • Art for Everyone! (Richmond)
  • New Freezer/Cooler for Eagle Bay Camp (Shuswap Lake)
  • Youth4Tap Windermere (Vancouver)

Alberta (16)

  • Saint-André Playground Project (Beaumont)
  • “Save the Beaver River Trestle” on Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail (Bonnyville)
  • Help Rebuild Alberta Flood-Ravaged Camp Gardner (Calgary)
  • Rideau Park School Playground and Sport Court (Calgary)
  • The Lab – A Hip Hop Space for At-Risk Youth (Calgary)
  • Claresholm Bowling Alley & Family Fun Centre (Claresholm)
  • Coalhurst Community Playground and Park Project (Coalhurst)
  • Give Pass Powder Keg a LIFT! (Crowsnest Pass)
  • Anything is Pawsible (Edmonton)
  • Fill the Halls with Music (Edmonton)
  • Shelter from the Storm (Edmonton)
  • Stratford School/Jasper Park Playground Redevelopment (Edmonton)
  • Developing a Space for The Last Chance Cat Ranch: Saving Stray Cats (Lethbridge)
  • Wilson Way Bus (Lethbridge)
  • Stirling Community Running/Walking Trail (Stirling)
  • Barrier Free Community Playground (Valhalla Centre)

Saskatchewan (1)

  • Moose Jaw Minor Football Practice Field (Moose Jaw)

Manitoba (1)

  • Winnipeg Beach School: Together, We Are Able (Winnipeg Beach)

Ontario (25)

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Nursery (Barrie)
  • Fox and Coyote Veterinary and Rehabilitation Facility Project (Beeton)
  • Project Jessie – Help Us To Help Even More Animals In Ontario! (Caledon)
  • A Playground for All (Courtice)
  • I Am Awesome! Self Esteem & Empowerment Retreat (Emo)
  • Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital (Georgian Bay)
  • Goderich Lions Club – Camp Klahanie Revitalization (Goderich)
  • Turning Grey to Green: Transforming G. R. Allan School’s Ground (Hamilton)
  • Marathon District Museum (Marathon)
  • The Cultural Café Project: Jobs for the Visually Impaired (Markham)
  • It Takes A Village To Build A Playground (Newcastle)
  • May 12th Awareness Day for ME/CFS and FM (Ottawa)
  • Vincent Massey Kindergarten Playground Renewal( Ottawa)
  • A Safe Place to Heal (Pefferlaw)
  • Nursery for Orphaned Baby Animals (Rosseau)
  • Give All the Paws at LAWS a New, Safe Home! (Smiths Falls)
  • Camp Winston: Extraordinary Programs for Very Special Kids! (Sparrow Lake)
  • Gymnastics Energy (St. Catharines)
  • Make a Splash for Stacey (Sundridge)
  • Challenging the Status Quo of Elder Care. There is a Better Way! (Toronto)
  • Community Grassroots Arts Hub (Toronto)
  • Helping People Help Homeless Cats (Toronto)
  • Transforming Lives of Children at Risk With the Power of Music (Toronto)
  • Kitty Kare Cat Sanctuary (Thunder Bay)
  • WesForYouthOnline.Ca…….It’s Okay to Ask for Help! (Walkerton)

Quebec (15)

  • Le CPE a besoin d’aires de jeux extérieures sécuritaires! (Baie-Saint-Paul)
  • Une nouvelle cour d’école pour Gaston-Pilon! (Boisbriand)
  • S.P.A. des Cantons / Sterilization Program (Cowansville)
  • Valhalla’s Sustainability Learning Centre (La Prairie)
  • Construire ses plus beaux souvenirs dans notre futur parc-école (Mirabel)
  • Animal Rescue Networks PURRfect Shelter for Life – Help us Build (Montreal)
  • Give a Dog a Second Chance – Opt to Adopt (Montreal)
  • Montréal Roller Derby – Sport Court Project (Montreal)
  • Revitalisation de la cour de l’école Christ-Roi (Montreal)
  • Girl Guide Camp Wa-Thik-Ane – Help Us Keep Our Boats Afloat! (Morin-Heights)
  • Pour une éducation alternative axée sur la nature (Pointe-St-Charles)
  • Donnez un toit à notre piscine! (Quebec City)
  • Les Éclairs font rayonner la musique au Québec! (Quebec City)
  • Le parascolaire contre le décrochage scolaire au Paul-Hubert (Rimouski)
  • Refuge Anni-maux (St-Bernard de Beauce)

New Brunswick (6)

  • Help Us Help Animals by Completing Our New Shelter! (Dalhousie)
  • Aidez à  la construction du refuge – Help Build the Shelter (Edmundston)
  • Shelter for the Homeless / Refuge pour les sans-foyers (Grand-Sault)
  • Be Their Best Friend (Moncton)
  • A Low Cost Cat Spay and Neuter Program in Saint John (Saint John)
  • The Joshua Group Center – A Place Where Dreams are Made (Saint John)

Nova Scotia (9)

  • Emily’s Place Spay & Neuter Outreach Society (Amherst)
  • Autism Cape Breton After School Program (Cape Breton)
  • Hope for Mojo – Baie Ste. Marie Animal Society (Church Point)
  • Rae of Light Centre (Dartmouth)
  • Litters N Critters-Vet Bill Fund (Halifax)
  • The St. Margaret’s Bay Skate Park Project (Hubbards)
  • Cranton Crossroads Community Center Dream Playground (Margaree Centre)
  • Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada Society (Musquodoboit Harbour)
  • Port Hawkesbury Community Park (Port Hawkesbury)

Prince Edward Island (2)

  • Souris Playground for ALL (Souris)
  • Youth Engagement Centre for At-Risk Youth (Summerside)

Newfoundland and Labrador (4)

  • Tricon Playground (Bay De Verde)
  • Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary (Change Islands)
  • A Beagle’s Dream (St. John’s)
  • Small Town, Small Pool, Big Dreams!! (Twillingate)

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