Boys and Girls Club not among Aviva grand-prize winners

Nancy MacPhee
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Staff pleased with exposure gained through the experience

SUMMERSIDE — The outcome wasn’t what staff and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside had hoped for.

But the experience being part of the Aviva Community Fund Competition was second to none and the exposure the club gained as a result has been immeasurable, said Angee Arsenault, the club’s youth program director.

The club’s Youth Engagement Centre was not among the grand-prize winners announced Tuesday morning.

One of the big winners, though, was another Island entry — Souris Consolidated School Playground project, which received $135,000.

“My disappointment was brief. I'm very happy Souris won. Actually, looking at the list of winners only reassures me that Aviva Community Fund are doing a really great thing every year,” said Arsenault. “So many incredible projects will benefit from this funding. The YEC Project is still going to be a reality. You may see another YEC initiative in the Aviva competition next year, too.”

The club, on its Facebook page, thanked the public for its support.

“This entire project has been nothing but a positive experience for us. We gained incredible support for our project and we did win $5,000 for making it to the finals, so that money will go a long way towards youth programming,” read the post. “That wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our champions and supporters. The Aviva Community Fund was a great example of just how much our community supports the Youth Engagement Centre as well as many other programs we are able to offer.”

Despite not getting the $100,000 in funding, the club is moving forward with the Youth Engagement Centre.

“We have many amazing programs aimed at our community's youth that we will implement as soon as the YEC is up and running,” continued the post. “We will be working hard to break ground on the renovations near the end of February and have plans to begin programming as soon as possible.”


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  • tj
    January 30, 2014 - 12:58

    I agree with ff for sure where the heck does that money go.they always wind about wanting more and more.

  • ff
    January 28, 2014 - 21:48

    What exactly does the boys and girls club do with the goldrush money every week,and they always seem to want more.thousands of dollars go in there every nice to know where it goes.