Power of Children. Power of Words. Power of Home.

October 9, 2012

Everyone Can Make A Difference.

TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Genworth Canada is calling upon young students to help make the dream of homeownership possible for more Canadian families in need.

On October 10, Genworth Canada launches its sixth annual Meaning of Home Contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada. The contest invites grade 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada to submit a written essay about the meaning of home for a chance to direct $60,000 to a Habitat for Humanity build of their choice in Canada and win a pizza party for their entire school!

View the Meaning of Home video at to hear first-hand what this experience has meant for past participants, organizers and supporters.

"All of us at Genworth Canada take great pride in our Meaning of Home contest," says Brian Hurley, chairman and CEO of Genworth Canada. "It's extremely gratifying to know we are not only helping inspire children to write but we are also teaching them that every little gesture can make a difference."

There are many more great prizes to be won, and for the second year in a row, Genworth Canada is donating $5 to Habitat for each entry submitted.

According to Habitat there are currently more than 1.5 million Canadian families without safe, decent and affordable housing.  "Our collaboration with Genworth Canada has been instrumental in helping our affiliates throughout the country build more homes and help more families achieve their dream of homeownership," said Stewart Hardacre, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "So spread the word and help us beat last year's record of 3,200 entries!"

For more information about the contest, visit The deadline for submissions is November 9 and the winner will be announced in January 2013.

About Genworth Canada:

Genworth Canada is the brand name of Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada, a subsidiary of Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX:MIC), and has been the leading Canadian private residential mortgage insurer since 1995. Known as "The Homeownership Company," it provides default mortgage insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders that enables low down payment borrowers to own a home more affordably and stay in their homes during difficult financial times. Genworth Canada combines technological and service excellence with risk management expertise to deliver innovation to the mortgage marketplace. As of June 30, 2012, Genworth Canada had $5.5 billion in total assets and $2.8 billion in shareholders' equity. Based in Oakville, Ontario, The Company employs approximately 260 people across Canada. Find out more at

Habitat for Humanity Canada:

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. With the help of over 50,000 volunteers every year and 69 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, their mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit

Video with caption: "Video: Genworth Canada's Meaning of Home Contest". Video available at:

SOURCE: Genworth Canada

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For additional information or to arrange interviews, please contact: 
Lisa Azzuolo
Genworth Canada
905.287.5520 or

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