Canada Speaks Up – Introducing the Aviva Community Fund Semi-Finalists

Dec 2, 2010 2:40 PM ET

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) Toronto, ON - December 2, 2010 - Canadians have submitted over 2,200 ideas and cast over one million votes for projects and worthy causes that will improve communities across the country. The semi-finalists will again attempt to capture the hearts and the votes of Canadians, with the top 30 becoming finalists for the community funding.  

However, this year every idea can be a winner. Starting today, ideas with associated charities that are not moving on to the semi-finals will have their “vote now” button replaced with a “donate now” button. These ideas can continue to leverage to collect donations from supporters. Benevity (, a software company that helps companies build empowered giving into business transactions, is providing the donation processing and tax receipting functionality.   Voters are encouraged to visit to support their favourite semi-finalist ideas until December 15, 2010. Finalists and winners will be announced December 16, 2010 and January 25, 2011, respectively.   Aviva Canada congratulates the semi-finalists, listed below by province:   National
  • Aphasia Camp

  • The Take Me Outside Project 

British Columbia
  • Child Care Center needed for Gilpin Elementary School (Burnaby)

  • New school with no playground: Grant our children’s wish (Burnaby)

  • Back on Track (Burnaby)

  • Container Village (Coquitlam)

  • Inner-city school playground: Green in the City Laura Secord (East Vancouver)

  • Horsefly River Riparian Conservation Area (Horsefly River)

  • Turn an RV into a Mobile Clinic (Lower Mainland)

  • Outdoor Public Skatepark (Nelson)

  • Trails for all, Trails forever (North Vancouver)

  • HYAD House (North Vancouver)

  • The Humpback Comeback Project (North Vancouver Island)

  • Community Learning Centre in Rossland (Rossland)

  • Is "justice” really accessible for all British Columbians? (Surrey)

  • Of Botany and Birds (Vancouver)

  • Playground Legacy-100 Years in the Community (Vancouver)

  • Strathcona Community Micro-Gardens (Vancouver)

  • Thunderbird Mudpit (Vancouver­) 

  • LaZerte Legacy Project (Edmonton)

  • Langdon Wheelchair Accessible Playground & Pathway (Langdon)

  • A Skate Park For Penhold Youth (Penhold) 

  • Wheelchair accessible playground equipment (Preeceville) 

  • Supported Independent Living for developmentally disabled adults (Beausejour)

  • Provide a spray park for our youth (The Pas)

  • Communautaire, scolaire et branché à l'École Taché! (Winnipeg)

  • Une cour verte pour Lacerte/Help Green Lacerte's Schoolyard (Winnipeg) 

  • Infusion Art Program (Beaverton)

  • Field of Dreams (Brantford)

  • Give Halton's Kids A Place to Play (Burlington)

  • Transforming Space, Transforming Lives! (Burlington)

  • Helping the Voiceless - Improving Animal Lives! (Caledon/Toronto)

  • Playground activity area for Essex, Ontario (Essex)

  • Small Community, Big Dreams :) (Fisherville)

  • Putting Youth in boats (Fonthill)

  • A Special Hockey Team for Special Kids - Capital City Condors! (Kanata)

  • A New Hope for Spinal Cord Recovery (Newmarket)

  • Woodend Living Campus (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

  • Dreamcoat! The Joy is Contagious (North Bay)

  • Let Our Kids Be Kids! (Norwood)

  • Project Playground - A safe place to play, learn and meet (Oakville)

  • Supporting families affected by cancer (Oshawa)

  • Play Structure for RPPS (Ottawa)

  • Crystal Bay Yard Improvement (Ottawa)

  • Whole-Person Cancer Care Regardless of Income (Ottawa)

  • "Living Oasis" (Pickering)

  • Help Us Build a New Medical Building (Picton)

  • Splashpad® St-Isidore (St-Isidore)

  • A Place of Our Own (Stittsville)

  • Hill of Dreams (Tillsonburg)

  • The Friendship Circle: Friends Helping Friends (Thornhill)

  • Kidz2Kidz: One Child to Another (Thornhill)

  • 20 Computers for Eglinton Public School (Toronto)

  • Eva's Green Housing Revitalization (Toronto)

  • Save 500 baby songbirds (Toronto)

  • Variety Village Revamp Project! (Toronto)

  • Saving Homeless Cats -- one Kitty at a time! (Toronto)

  • LGBTQ Youth Stories to Stop Suicides (Toronto)

  • Save Orphaned Deer Fawns (Tottenham)

  • Prince Charles 50th Anniversary Playground Revitalization Project (Trenton)

  • THS Track Quest (Trenton)

  • Quinte West Youth Centre (Trenton)

  • Vandalism Breaks The Hearts of Children (Trenton)

  • Be Part of History! Help Restore Bell's Gristmill (Utopia)

  • The Giving Tree, A Natural Playground (Waterloo)

  • A New Van (Whitby)

  • Their Opportunity Minor Sports (Whitby)

  • Urban schoolyard greening and play structure (Windsor)

  • OSAID Goes Mobile (Provincial)

  • Paralyzing Poverty – ALS Ontario (Provincial)

  • It takes a village (Provincial) 

  • Événement multi-disciplinaire orchestré par un comité jeunes (Baie-Saint-Paul)

  • Aire de jeux Donjon Dragon (Barraute)

  • La Table est Mise (Beauport)

  • Therapeutic Garden (Cleveland)

  • Une école Techno: Objectif décrochage zero! (Granby)

  • Les 4'R Techno (Montreal)

  • Projet Verdir (Pointe-Claire)

  • Promouvoir l'activité physique au profit de la réussite scolaire (Saint-Tite-des-Caps)

  • Implantation d'un complexe culturel dans la Matapédia (Sayabec)

  • Patinoire synthétique pour les jeunes de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke)

  • Des jeunes autochtones engagés pour l'eau! (Provincial) 

New Brunswick
  • Planchodrome de Dieppe Skatepark (Dieppe)

  • Dream Playground (Rexton)

  • We Will Never Forget! (Saint John)

  • Ensemble de percussions de marche (Drumline) (Saint-Quentin) 

Nova Scotia
  • The Nature Room, our Outdoor Classroom (Upper Tantallon)

  • Rejuvenate McDonald Park (Waverly) 

  • Hodge's Cove Playground Enhancement (Hodge's Cove)

  • Program Center (St. John’s)

  • Camp Eclipse: Out in the Woods (St. John’s) 

Northwest Territories
  • NWT SPCA Northern Community Animal Shelter (Yellowknife)

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