Voting for Aviva Fund gets underway

People can now participate in the second round of voting to get funding for the Courtenay and Skye Buck Memorial Playground

Members of the Raft River Elementary School PAC pose for a photograph during an open house held Wednesday evening

People can now participate in the second round of voting to get funding for the Courtenay and Skye Buck Memorial Playground at Raft River Elementary School from the Aviva Community Fund.

“Our community is stronger when we pull together,” say members of the Raft River PAC, which is coordinating the drive to get the playground. “The proposed Courtney and Skye Buck Memorial Playground would be a legacy in their honor but to represent the many fine people who have built this community.”

In preparation for the second round, which began Dec. 2 and runs until Dec. 11, organizers held an information workshop at the school on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27 on how to vote.

Sabine Cooperman unveiled the plans for the playground, which truly are amazing. The focus would be on some key equipment items all set in a nice natural environment complete with beautiful benches, rocks for sitting or climbing, wooden beams and several other features that lend to an area of play and inclusion.

The PAC appreciates all those who attended and lent their support to Raft River and the goal of winning the Aviva Community Fund voting competition.

Special thanks to KDC and Brenda Barber for their time in creating the playground plans and for the printing.

The PAC has received support from not only our local community but also from Kamloops and globally. The playground project is being cheered on by Thompson Rivers University, alumni of TRU, as well as many media outlets including strong support from The Times. Generous donations have also been received from BID Group of Companies, Jim McCreight, North Thompson Communities Foundations, Tera Environmental, Steelworkers Community Builders Fund, YCS, RBC, Canfor, School District 73 (in kind), and Nest Timberhome Designs.

There also have been personal donations made by community members.

The PAC has received support letters from Thompson-Nicola Regional District as well as District of Clearwater, and has had amazing support from United Way.


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