Raft River playground reaches Aviva finals

A playground in memory of Courtney and Skye Buck has reached the finals of the Aviva community fund contest

A playground to be named in memory of teachers Courtney and Skye Buck has reached the finals of Aviva Insurance’s community fund contest.

On Friday, the courtyard entry from Raft River Elementary School’s PAC was one of the 30 projects from across Canada picked for final judging.

The project unofficially received more than 23,000 votes in the semifinal round – more than any other entry.

As one of the finalists, the Raft River project automatically receives a minimum of $5,000, with top prize being $150,000.

“It’s through voting that Canadians get their say on how we help create positive change across the country,” said Debora Hendrickson, senior vice president at Aviva Canada. “We now rely on the expertise and insight of our panel of impartial judges.”

A panel of judges now will review the ideas to decide which projects will receive full funding.

The judges include The 2013 Aviva Community Fund judges include Etalk anchor Tanya Kim, David Suzuki Foundation CEO Peter Robinson, Calgary Foundation president and CEO Eva Friesen, president and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada Dr. Jacline Abray-Nyman, and author and journalist Bruce Sellery.

The winners will be announced on Jan. 28 on CTV’s Canada AM.

 

The Courtney and Skye Buck courtyard project is named for two teachers who grew up in Clearwater but who were killed in an automobile accident one year ago.