Congratulations Betty Gelean and Northern Lights Wildlife Society!
17366 Telkwa High Rd. Smithers, BC
What a wonderful week it has been celebrating with this year's Aviva Community Fund winners and seeing the third year of the competition come to a close. To date, the Aviva Community Fund has given away over $2,500,000 to extremely worthy causes.
With the winner's announcement unfortunately comes disappointment for non winning communities. While we wish there was enough funding for all of our competitors, unfortunately we could only award 12 prizes.
Every idea that competed in the finals was eligible to receive funding. For our third year in a row, we turned to a fantastic panel of impartial judges to determined the Aviva Community Fund winners.
Voting qualified ideas for the judging round, and for the first time in the program's history, we used the ranking of an idea in the semi-finals to impact the judging score. For the remainder of the score, our 10 judges evaluated all ideas using the criteria outlined on the Aviva Community Fund website. We believe in their final decision.
The Aviva Community Fund is about community. And we have no doubt that based on the amount of support we've seen from communities across the country this year, many of the ideas who were not celebrated today will still see their ideas come to life. As we hear about fundraising initiatives around ideas in this year's competition, we will post them to facebook to keep you all up to date.
And for ideas who have decided to accept donations through the Aviva Community Fund site, you can donate now to help contribute to their ideas.
Again, congratulations to all of our winners. And thank you Canada for all of your support. "NLWS is a volunteer based non-profit registered charity, dedicated to rehabilitating injured and/or orphaned juvenile wildlife back into the wild. Our bear program covers all of BC and we raise funds to provide care and shelter for cubs that are unable to survive on their own. We promote a peaceful coexistence with wildlife through education programs for schools and groups and through consulting with industries.
Often we are the only resource that stands between juvenile wildlife and death. As such we don’t only benefit the animals, but also the communities and government of BC by offering a program that offers a sustainable management option. Since most of the injured/orphaned bear cubs result from human interference, NLWS feels that our programs are a suitable solution to minimize the human impact on the BC bear population.
Subsequently, we have saved over 220 bears in the past 20 years and also started the world’s first grizzly project in 2007." Read their submission to Aviva Here
FB - "Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter"
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