Aviva Fund winners to be announced Tuesday

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — Win or lose, thanks to the Aviva Community Fund Competition, the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside are winners, said Angee Arsenault.

They did it! The Summerside Boys and Girls’ Club submission in the Aviva Community Fund competition has made it to the finals. Celebrating making it to the finals are Angee Arsenault (on the ladder), Chelsea Moulins, D'Arcy Ellis (front left), Ryan Campbell and Donald Blacquiere.

Tuesday morning, sometime between 7 and 10 a.m., the club’s youth program co-ordinator will learn whether or not the club’s Youth Engagement Centre is one of the winners in the national competition.

The announcement will be made live on CTV's Canada AM.

Arsenault said Monday the exposure that the club received and the $5,000 it will receive, win or lose, as a result of reaching the finals is more than they could have dreamed of when they first entered the competition.

“We feel pretty good about our chances,” added Arsenault. “We had so many setbacks and the beginning. The first round, we didn’t make it in. The second round, we just barely made it in and the third, when it came to voting to get us into the Top 10, we didn’t think we made it and we got the phone call saying that we did. We were so excited.

“We had already done up our thank-you letters. It was crazy.”

No matter the outcome Tuesday, the club will continue with its plans for a Youth Engagement Centre. In fact, ground will be broke sometime in late February at the site on Notre Dame Street, just a few hundred feet from the club’s home.

“It will just take a little bit longer,” Arsenault said, adding that if the club doesn’t win the $100,000 through the Aviva competition it will apply to other programs and seek funding from other sources.

She did say that some funding has been secured already.

The Youth Engagement Centre will be for youth aged 12 to 18, and offer programs aimed at improving life skills and also helping parents of teens.

The money the club hopes to receive would go towards programming at the centre.

“We are also talking about expanding the music program. That’s definitely going to happen,” added Arsenault. “We are going to take that to the teen level.”

The Rogers Raising the Grade Program, which provides academic support to high school students, has ballooned, with those in the program recruiting participants.

“We had the highest numbers in the country last year,” said Arsenault.

She added the focus of the club is to provide the programming that Summerside’s youth – from kindergarten through high school – need and want to be successful and productive members of the community.

“It takes a community to raise a child,” said Arsenault.

The winners will also be listed online at www.avivacommunityfund.org.




Organizations: Aviva Fund

Geographic location: Notre Dame Street

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  • Jakolin
    January 28, 2014 - 09:38

    Well, the results are in, and unfortunately for the Boys & Girls Club, they did not get the funding from Aviva. :( They did however get $5000.00 so at least some of Adams' and his staffs hard work did not go unappreciated! The Souris playground did get some of the funding, so kudos to them for their good luck.