Submitted by Chase’s mom – Rachel Kraynick


The Chase Kraynick Pay It Forward Splash Park !!

Ecstatic, excitement and overjoyed do not even come close to describing the feelings we experienced upon receiving the news that we were one of the Grand Prize winners of the AVIVA Community Fund Competition awarding our project with $90,000!!!!! Wow! Wow! Wow!  We are happy beyond words, have been drying tears for hours, and really don’t know where to begin!  Congratulations to Riehl Skate Park in Ontario for being the $150,000 Grand Prize winners!!


I know how much work went into our submission and this entire competition journey … and it was definitely well worth it! Simply amazing!  This of course, is not just our own doing, it is the good hearted people of Saskatchewan and from accross Canada that supported our project and took the time to vote, pay it forward and make a difference that can share in our victory!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!  If you missed the official announcement on Canada AM yesterday morning please click HERE to see the video clip and Jeff Hutchinson reading the amount off of our $90,000 cheque.


We would like to take this time to express our deepest and heartfelt thanks to the following:

First and foremost we MUST say a huge THANK-YOU to every single person from this community, this province, and from across this country who registered with AVIVA to vote for our project idea!   It is because of you that we have won this National competition.  Thank you for believing in our project and showing your support and encouraging others to vote!  It is because of you that we take home this win for Canora!

Our closest Cheerleaders –ALL Family, friends, and “facebookers” who kept on reminding everyone to vote!  We love you all!

Our Supporting Brokers throughout the competition:

1.  Dave Nussbaumer and Jason Forwood at Farrell Agencies, Ltd. (Yorkton, SK and Foam Lake, SK) for helping us with our submission, campaign, video and all the extra coaching throughout the competition!!  I couldn’t have asked for better people to work with!  Thank you so much for all your guidance and helping get other brokers on board for their support!  You are both amazing!

2. Western Financial Group – Network (Yorkton, SK)

3.  Hub International (Chilliwack, BC and Edmonton, AB)

4.  Crawford and Danyluk Insurance Broker (Delaware, ON)

5.  Birkett-Hassard Insurance Brokers, Ltd. (Stouffville, ON)

My talented sisters Shawna and NaomiShawna posted our blogs daily keeping everyone informed on the competition details and events, as well as posting all the “Pay it Forward” Inspirational Stories . . . and Naomi for helping me with the Facebook page and accompanying me for moral support to my school presentations!!!

Chase Made A Difference T-Shirt Logo

The Canora Courier and Gary Lewchuk – For writing and printing articles and information informing the public about the competition, its rules and guidelines

Ken Kravetz, Terry Dennis, Julie Mireau – for helping us develop, shoot and produce the AVIVA video submission TWICE!!  Both videos ROCKED!!!

MLA for the Canora/Pelly Constituency Ken Kravetz and Assistant Carol Sleeva For making a member statement in the Legislative Assembly asking for the province to support our project.  Your sincerity and thoughtfulness meant the world to our family!  Also thank you for including the AVIVA voting information in the constituency newsletter.

Larger organizations who were a part of our voting campaign included: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Good Spirit School Division, Regina Public Schools, Christ The Teacher Catholic School Division, Canadian Military, RCMP, CanAM and DooTalk online subscribers, and The Regina Qu’appelle and Sunrise Health Districts.

Local Businesses who were a part of our voting campaign included:  Crumbs Diner, Mr. Mikes Restaurant, Walmart, Canora Children’s Center, Gabano’s Pizza, Canora Fitness Station, Zeke’s Bar and Grill, Canora Hotel, The Blend Salon, Community Insurance, D.R. Auto Extras and Canora Gateway Co-op

Our Twitter Master – Darla Webster

Media Coverage:

Radio:  Two live-on-location radio morning shows with 98.5FM The Rock and 94.1FM The Fox, all the promo spots and/or interviews – GX94, The Fox, The Rock, CBC Radio Regina – Afternoon Edition, News Talk 980 Regina and News Talk 950 Saskatoon
TV interviews: CTV News at Noon and a CTV Feature Stories


SupermanChaseWe of course must say a HUGE thank you to AVIVA for not only supporting and sponsoring this competition but … now for allowing us, a small town in Saskatchewan, to forever remember and pay tribute to our handsome, funny, caring, thoughtful, and loveable son, Chase Andrew Kraynick.  The AVIVA win ensures that our dream of building a Splash Park in his memory WILL come true.

Last, but not least, we say THANK-YOU to the Town of Canora and surrounding area for backing this project (win or lose).  With all of the moral support you’ve shown, we can’t wait to build this park for EVERYONE TO USE! 🙂

Words cannot express our appreciation to every single person who had something to do with our advancement in the competition.  The danger of listing our Thank-You’s at this time is that we don’t want to forget about anyone.  If we have . . . please forgive us.

Chase Made A Difference . . . And So Have ALL of You!!



5 thoughts on “WE WON AVIVA!!!!

  1. It has been an honor to support this endeavor, and to assist Chase’s family to achieve this amazing project in his memory. We can’t wait to make the drive to Canora to see the watermark when it is complete! Congratulations again!!!

  2. Congratulations! Thank you for all the work done by everyone related to this project. My wife Julie, and I are looking forward to taking our soon to arrive grand child there.

  3. So proud of your family and everyone that rallied around Chase and his “Pay It Forward” mindset! Now the families of Canora will reap the benefits for years to come! Thanks, Chase!

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