Students across the country have an opportunity to help a local family become a Habitat homeowner, thanks to the Meaning of Home contest, a national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada.

National writing contest launches for students in Grades 4, 5 and 6

SD71 and SD72 students can help Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North build homes by entering

Students across the country have an opportunity to help a local family become a Habitat homeowner, thanks to the Meaning of Home contest, a national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Launching today, the Meaning of Home contest asks students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to share what home means to them.

In the last 12 years, over 50,000 students have shared what homes has meant to them. Thanks to their inspiring words, and Genworth Canada’s generous support, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

Three grand prize winners, one for each grade, will have the opportunity to direct a grant of $25,000 to a local Habitat for Humanity of their choice. Nine runners up will receive a grant of $5,000 to the Habitat build of their choice. For every contest entry, a donation of $10 will be made to that student’s local Habitat, ensuring every student can help build Habitat homes in their community.

“As a father and grandfather, I believe in the value of getting children involved in the community and teaching them even though they are young, they have the power to effect positive change,” said Mark Rodgers, Habitat for Humanity Canada President and CEO. “We need to empower youth to know that they can change this world for the better.”

The Meaning of Home contest is open to all Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada. Submissions will be accepted online between January 7 and Feb. 18, and winners will be announced in April. More information on how to enter, as well as details on prizing, can be found at www.meaningofhome.ca, or by contacting Tom Beshr, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s director of development, at (250) 334-3777 ext. 230 or tom@habitatnorthisland.com

“As a founding sponsor of the Meaning of Home contest, we have seen its positive impact grow year after year,” says Stuart Levings, President and CEO of Genworth Canada. “By encouraging students to become more engaged, we are teaching them to become more compassionate community members, all while educating them on the need for more affordable housing in Canada. We are proud supporters of Habitat for Humanity and this contest, which is helping to raise awareness about affordable housing concerns amongst our future leaders.”

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Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North:

Founded in 2004, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. Habitat VIN’s head office is located in the Comox Valley, serving Bowser to Port Hardy. They operate two ReStores, one in Campbell River and one in Courtenay. In total, they have built 24 homes on the North Island and served 26 homeowner families thanks to two instances in which the homeowner sold their home back to Habitat after an improved financial situation. Habitat VIN is currently working on two large, multi-phase projects, with the plan to build seven more homes at 477 Hilchey Road in Campbell River and eight more at 1330 Lake Trail Road in Courtenay over the next two years. For more information, visit www.habitatnorthisland.com.

Habitat for Humanity Canada:

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national charitable organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 54 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.

Genworth Canada:

Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) through its subsidiary, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (“Genworth Canada”), is the largest private residential mortgage insurer in Canada. The Company provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders, making homeownership more accessible to first-time homebuyers. Genworth Canada differentiates itself through customer service excellence, innovative processing technology and a robust risk management framework. For more than two decades, Genworth Canada has supported the housing market by providing thought leadership and a focus on the safety and soundness of the mortgage finance system. As at September 30, 2018, Genworth Canada had $7.0 billion total assets and $4.0 billion total shareholders’ equity. Find out more at www.genworth.ca.

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