Genworth Canada writing contest receives nearly 5,000 entries from coast
TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Being grateful for what she has, inspired
11-year old Chaamindri Fernando from Winnipeg, Manitoba to write the
winning essay in Genworth Canada's sixth annual Meaning of Home
"I share a room with my brother
But I should have my own
He always makes a mess.
But I changed my mind when I knew
You slept on road side benches
Shivering in the cold
Sometimes wet in the rain…"
The Meaning of Home contest invites Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from
across Canada to submit a written essay about what home means to them
for a chance to direct $60,000 to a Habitat for Humanity build of their
choice in Canada and receive a pizza party for their entire school.
Chaamindri's essay was chosen among close to 5,000 entries from all
parts of Canada. Participation over 2011 grew by more than 55 per cent
this year, and more than 250 per cent in some provinces.
"We are thrilled to see such a significant hike in participation this
, chairman and CEO of Genworth Canada. "It's
rewarding to know that our contest inspires children, teachers and
parents across the country to reflect on what home truly means and take
action to help provide a home for families in need."
Since inception in 2007, the Meaning of Home contest has resulted in
approximately $570,000 in total grants from Genworth Canada being
directed to more than 30 Canadian Habitat affiliates. With Genworth
Canada donating an additional $5 per entry again this year, every
participating student helped bring a family closer to homeownership.
"In Canada, the homes of a staggering 1.5 million families are unsafe,
too small, or unaffordable," said
, Chief Operating Officer
of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "Each year, the Meaning of Home contest
demonstrates the passion of today's youth in ensuring that all children
have a good place to call home at the end of the day."
Chaamindri has chosen Habitat for Humanity Manitoba as the beneficiary
of her $60,000 prize grant. Five runners-up were also selected and
awarded a $5,000 grant each to direct to a Habitat for Humanity
affiliate of their choice. The runners-up and their Habitat
beneficiaries are the following:
Andrew Geffrion, Kanesatake, Québec - Habitat for Humanity Deux
, Courtenay, British Columbia - Habitat for Humanity
Vancouver Island North
, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia
, Oakville, Ontario - Habitat for Humanity Halton
, Whitby, Ontario - Habitat for Humanity Durham
For the first time this year, students were invited to post videos
describing what home means to them for a chance to win additional
prizes. The videos are available at www.youtube.com/meaningofhome.
To read Chaamindri's complete essay and the other winning entries, visit
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 the country's largest private residential mortgage
insurer. The Company provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian
residential mortgage lenders, making homeownership more accessible to
first-time homebuyers. Through innovative processing technology,
differentiated customer service offerings and a robust risk management
framework, Genworth Canada has delivered exceptional value, thought
leadership, and safety and soundness to the housing market for nearly
two decades. Genworth Canada continues to have a strong balance sheet
and as of September 30, 2012, the Company had $5.6 billion total assets
and $2.9 billion shareholders' equity. Find out more at www.genworth.ca.
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