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P.S.A.'S · 30th August 2011
Aviva Community Fund
Go to our website and download the Info Kit. You’ll raise awareness for your cause, collect donations from your supporters, and compete for a chance to win the funds to bring your idea to life.

We’ll begin accepting submissions on September 26th. Voting starts on October 3rd. In the meantime, here are some successful ideas from past year’s competitions to get you inspired:

Essex School Playground

Essex Public School’s Winning Idea of creating a community playground is becoming a reality. Phase 1, which included two play structures and a swing set, was completed in June. A gazebo, picnic shelter, and walking path are in the works.

“The play area has constantly been in use through the summer and there’s been a real change in atmosphere. We’re seeing a lot more smiles on the faces of the kids, as well as their parents and the whole community. The spirit of togetherness that’s bringing our idea to completion is certainly going to help other new projects get off the ground in Essex”

June Devries, Idea Creator and School Advisory Council Member

The Well-Connected Knowledge Centre

Submitted by Ottawa’s The Well/La Source with support from Smith Petrie Carr and Scott Insurance Brokers Ltd, the Well-Connected Knowledge Centre took home last year’s Broker Prize. The Well is a safe space for women to gather and enjoy a supportive and inclusive environment. Their new Knowledge Centre is opening this week and will help empower women with the skills and information to reach their potential.

“The Aviva Community Fund has honestly meant the world to the community and especially to the women at The Well/La Source. The increased awareness and exposure for The Well has allowed for new lines of charitable donation. The amazing part is that we are not only helping a small group of individuals but providing the means to learn for hundreds of women over the years.”

Scott Sleightholm, Personal Lines Account Executive,
Smith Petrie Carr and Scott Insurance Brokers Ltd

A Lodge for Camp Triumph

A Winner in the Aviva Community Fund’s first year (2009), Camp Triumph is an adventure-based camp designed to meet the complex needs of children in families impacted by a chronic illness. Winning the Fund helped Camp Triumph build a lodge to provide programming space during inclement weather.

“The Aviva Community Fund brought a lot of people together, and got more people involved and interested in our programs. The process of getting the word out about our idea was hard work but very valuable in furthering our cause. Since building the lodge, Camp Triumph has become a focal point of the community itself. On top of our regular staff, over 60 local people volunteered this year.”

Kathryn Sheriko, Camp Triumph

Get creative, get those ideas down and start spreading the word. Go to our website and download the Info Kit. It’s got everything you need to get ready to create a great idea to bring positive change.

We look forward to helping you create positive change in your community – Your Aviva Community Fund team.

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Comment by blocky bear on 30th August 2011
Thank you Merv for the venue! d.b.