Million dollar Aviva contest returns

The Aviva Community Fund returns for year four with $1 million to “insure” positive change across Canada

A $1 million contest that saw several North Okanagan groups compete last year is returning.

The Aviva Community Fund returns for year four with $1 million to “insure” positive change across Canada.

Aviva Canada Inc., one of the country’s leading providers of home, auto, leisure and business insurance, has announced the return of the Aviva Community Fund competition. The fourth year of the competition is now open, offering Canadians $1,000,000 to lead, empower and support community initiatives across the country.

“I wanted to make a difference in my community for all children with disabilities, so how could I pass on the opportunity to enter the Aviva Community Fund?” said Kelly Meissner, idea generator behind 2011 Aviva Community Fund winner Kate’s Kause. After winning $60,000 Kate’s Kause was able to build a fully accessible playground for the entire Elmira, ON., community to use.

Canadians can go to AvivaCommunityFund.org to submit ideas that will have a positive effect on their local community.

After rallying support from friends, family, neighbours and co-workers, the most popular ideas will have a chance to be funded with the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund.

The 12 winning ideas in 2011 ranged from a bear rescue facility in Smithers to a creative education youth camp in Quebec, to a skateboard park in Saskatchewan to a senior’s gym in Ontario.

Launched in the fall of 2009, the Aviva Community Fund competition has already provided over $2.5 million in funding to 31 charities and community groups.

“We help thousands of Canadians everyday and the Aviva Community Fund is an extension of this,” said Maurice Tulloch, president and CEO, Aviva Canada. “Our brokers, charitable organizations and Canadians in general have responded so positively to the fund that we’re back with another $1,000,000 pledge.”

New to the competition this year, and within the $1 million in funding, is a specific prize of up to $150,000 for Canadian community groups or charities that support homeless and at-risk youth programs.

Canadians can access the competition and vote via AvivaCommunityFund.org and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AvivaCommunityFund).

Also, for every ‘Like’ the Aviva Community Fund receives on Facebook, $1 will be donated to a number of charitable partners.