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The Aviva Community Fund has helped raise:

$5,568,486.00

The 2014 Aviva Community Fund is complete.

Congratulations to all our Winners. See Winners

Judges

Traci Melchor

Traci Melchor

Beloved for her outgoing and lively personality, Traci Melchor has been an icon on the Toronto entertainment scene for more than a decade. Vibrant and witty, this Pickering, Ontario native always puts a fresh spin on today’s hottest entertainment headlines, and she’s ready to continue to speak her mind as co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL.

Melchor has years of experience interviewing hundreds of stars, including Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Madonna and Justin Bieber.

She’s been part of Canada’s entertainment media scene for years, including work on Star!, RAPCITY on MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, CTV’s ETALK, CP24 BREAKFAST, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, CTV News Channel, and 104.5 CHUM FM Toronto. Delivering daily entertainment news hits on CP24, Melchor was named one of the National Post’s “Worthy 30” for her contribution to the television industry.

Off camera, the graduate of Seneca College’s Radio and Television Program spends most of her time with her twins Phoenix and Phoebe. Melchor loves balancing being a mom and covering the business. From the hair salon, to fashion shows, to reading the latest children’s book, and driving the twins to Tae Kwon Do and cheerleading, Melchor’s days are hectic but she wouldn't have it any other way.

A true renaissance woman, Melchor supports various charitable organizations and events including Power of Movement (Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser) benefitting arthritis and related autoimmune diseases, Hospital for Sick Children, Wear White 4 Women, and Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario. Melchor has also been involved in Dare To Wear Love in support of The Stephen Lewis Foundation and walked the runway at The Heart Truth Fashion Show at Toronto Fashion Week in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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Jacline Abray-Nyman

Dr. Jacline Abray-Nyman

Jacline Abray-Nyman is an accomplished leader in the public sector with over 20 years of demonstrated success in senior roles. Jacline’s career has focused on stakeholder and external relations, philanthropic fundraising and on capacity building and shared value for the social mission sector.

Currently, Jacline holds the position of President and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada where she leads a national movement for social change comprising over 100 community-based federated United Way organizations that raise and invest over $510 million annually with and for Canadian communities. Immediately prior to this leadership role, Jacline worked with Queen’s School of Business (Queen’s University) as the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations where she acted in the capacity of principal gifts strategist and chief development officer, personally negotiating many significant philanthropic gifts and business partnerships working with stakeholders around the globe.

Jacline holds a Bachelor of Administration (University of Ottawa), an MBA (University of Calgary), and Doctorate in Business Administration (Cranfield University, UK). She lives in Ottawa (Canada) with her family.


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Andria Spindel

Andria Spindel

Andria Spindel is the President and CEO of March of Dimes Canada. Born in Western Canada, raised in Calgary, Alberta, Andria received a BA from the University of Calgary in 1968 and an MSW from the University of British Columbia in 1974. In 2013, Andria received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph for her contribution to the welfare of Canadians with disabilities.

Throughout her career, Andria has developed many non-profit, community-based agencies and services and has served on various boards of Directors and committees, and she taught governance, agency collaboration, social planning, strategic planning and other skills to staff and volunteers in the non-profit sector.

For over 40 years, Andria has worked in policy and practice areas serving people with disabilities, caregivers and the frail elderly. In 1981 she assumed the position of Executive Director of Ontario March of Dimes which was then a provincial NGO with a mandate to provide services and to advocate on behalf of people with physical disabilities. During her tenure, Andria incorporated a national subsidiary, a non-profit housing subsidiary and a US affiliate. In 2013, the two Canadian entities merged into March of Dimes Canada.

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Marina Boulos-Winton

Marina Boulos-Winton

Marina Boulos-Winton is a consultant in not-for-profit management and fundraising. She has over 25 years of experience managing charities in Canada and the US, and her experience ranges from small, local start-ups to national organizations and, in particular, organizations going through transformational change. Between July 2009 and December 2012, she was the President & CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM). Under her leadership, its investment fund increased from $86 million to $136 million, and the FGM provided more than $5 million in grants over the course of three years.

Prior to this, Marina worked in New York City for 12 years, and was the Executive Director of High Water Women Foundation, President and CEO of the national “I Have a Dream Foundation®”, with chapters in 20 states, an Assistant National Executive Director of the YWCA of the USA, and earlier held senior executive positions with the national fundraising consulting firm, CCS Fundraising Inc. and with United Way of New York City.

In Montreal, between 1993 to 1997, Marina was Executive Director of Le Bon Dieu dans la rue, an organization serving homeless and runaway youth and prior to this, served as Executive Director of Tel-Aide, Greater Montreal’s 24-hour crisis line. She is on the Board of Directors of the Selwyn House School, Projets Autochtones du Québec, the Association des professionnels en gestion philantropique du Québec (APGP), and is on the Executive Committee of the International Women’s Forum - Montreal. As well, she is the Quebec representative for CharityCAN and ProspectPRIME. Marina has a BA (major in Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management from McGill University.

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Paula Speevak

Paula Speevak

Paula Speevak is the newly appointed President and CEO of Volunteer Canada. She joined Volunteer Canada in 2010 as the Director of Programs, Policy and Applied Research, after serving as the Managing Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development for eight years.

She is also an adjunct professor at Carleton University, in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Paula has 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector including a term as Executive Director of a local volunteer centre. She holds a Master of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders from McGill University.

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Tessa Bonhomme

Tessa Bonhomme

Tessa Bonhomme is a retired National Women’s Team hockey player who represented Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and multiple IIHF World Championships (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013). An alumna of The Ohio State University, Bonhomme played 4 years for their Division 1 Varsity Women’s Hockey team as a defenceman and became the first and only Buckeye to be named AHCA First Team All-American (2008). She was 2nd Team All-American in 2007 and is a two-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalist, an annual award given to the best NCAA women's hockey player. A three-time All-WCHA selection, Bonhomme was voted the WCHA Player of the Year during her senior season. Her 128 career points are the most all-time at OSU for defensemen scoring. In 2008 she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science.

While retired from International hockey, Bonhomme currently plays in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, (CWHL), for defending Clarkson Cup Champions, the Toronto Furies.

In 2010 Bonhomme appeared on the TV series "Wipeout" and in 2011 she and her partner David Pelletier won the reality TV series "Battle of the Blades".

In 2011 she began her broadcasting career, working for LeafsTV part-time and continued to work for them for 3 years. Bonhomme made the jump to national sports news in August of 2014 when she signed with Canada's Sports Leader, TSN where she joins the team as an Anchor/Reporter.

Bonhomme devotes much of her spare time to select charities, most notably Run for the Cure, Do It For Daron, Ronald McDonald House and Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer.

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Bruce Sellery

Bruce Sellery

Bruce Sellery is a financial journalist, best-selling author, professional speaker and TV host on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. He is the founder of Moolala, a personal finance training company with a mission to inspire people to get a handle on their money so they can live the life they want. Bruce develops customized financial education programs - live and online - for clients across North America.

Bruce is the author of the bestselling book "Moolala: Why smart people do dumb things with their money (and what you can do about it)", published by McClelland & Stewart. He is also host of "Million Dollar Neighbourhood" on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Prior to Moolala Bruce was an anchor at CTV's Business News Network (BNN).

When Bruce isn't on the air or on the podium, he is proud parent, a dedicated cottager, long distance runner and a devout Toronto Film Festival attendee. He has traveled extensively, throughout Central and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada


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Tina Daenzer

Tina Daenzer

Tina Daenzer started at Canada AM in 2000 as a story producer and in 2004 was promoted to Senior Entertainment Producer. During her time at Canada AM, she has overseen some of the biggest productions of Canada's most popular network morning program.

Tina created and produced the Canada AM Community Competition involving hundreds of communities across the country giving them the ability to share their spirit with the rest of the country. She has also produced Canada's favourite weather man, Jeff Hutcheson taking him across Canada and around the world.

She has put together many of the major concert events on Canada AM with guests such as Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Diana Krall and Keith Urban.


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Jeff Pearce

Jeff Pearce

Jeff Pearce is the Editor of Canadian Insurance Top Broker and Corporate Risk Canada. Before this, Jeff worked in news for major magazine and broadcasting operations. He lived for several years in the UK, where he edited financial journals and wound up writing popular romance novels under various pseudonyms. In 2005, he taught journalism briefly in Myanmar.

In the meantime, Jeff’s book career has continued to be an eclectic one. In 2009, he was interviewed on radio and television countless times over his investigative book, Gangs in Canada, which is now used as a textbook for criminology courses at BC’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Douglas College. His book, How to Make Love in a Canoe: Sex in Canada, is a resource guide for Sexual Diversity Studies at Ryerson University. No one is more surprised over these developments than he is.

His latest book, Prevail, is a history of a crucial war in the 1930s that changed the world. Italian Fascists bombed Red Cross hospitals, used poison gas on Ethiopians and committed massacres across the country, but no war crime trials were ever held. Jeff dug through files, visited unique historic sites and interviewed actual Ethiopian survivors, still alive today. He also has a science fiction novel coming out from Harper Voyager in December.

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Stephen Darling

Stephen Darling

Stephen Darling is President of three insurance brokerages in the Parry Sound / Muskoka area of Ontario. He began his career at Stan Darling Insurance in 1990 at the brokerage founded by his grandfather Stan. This office has been serving the people of his hometown of Burk’s Falls since 1938. In 2013 he and his brother Jason expanded their business by purchasing controlling interest in A.W. Shier Insurance in Bracebridge and Gidley and Associate Insurance in Gravenhurst.

Stephen is kept busy with the ongoing operations of the office and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Insurance Broker Association of Ontario. In January of 2014 the idea that Stephen submitted to the Aviva Community Fund “Make a Splash for Stacey” was awarded $70,000 and selected as the Broker Supported Grand Prize winner.

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Dedra Walker-Edwards

Dedra Walker-Edwards

Dedra Walker-Edwards is a Competitive Advantage Coach at Aviva Canada with over 12 years of experience and is a master in leadership and development of people. Dedra is a dedicated professional who believes in giving back to her community. She has the ability to build strong relationships which establish trust to motivate people to a brighter future.

Dedra passionately developed a few programs including The Breakfast for Champions club. This program promotes a strong sense for education in the public school community. Her heart for youth development and her constant strive to bring about self worth in women goes without question.

Another program that she has developed is called “Keep it lowCAL” and “Wife Lifestyle”. This is geared towards promoting a healthier lifestyle for women and through these program; she has seen many lives change.

She is married to her husband Garry for over 14 years and has two beautiful daughters who bring her much joy.

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