Building Homes, Building Hope – One Essay at a Time!

 10th Anniversary of the Genworth Canada Meaning of Home Contest

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Genworth Canada
is supporting Habitat for Humanity Canada and Habitat Affiliates across the country including Habitat Nova Scotia, in giving families a safe and decent place to live, with the help of students in our local community through the annual Meaning of Home contest.

The 10th annual Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest invites grade 4, 5 and 6 students from coast to coast to submit a written essay, poem or video that reveals what home means to them for a chance to direct $50,000 to a Habitat Affiliate of their choice, as well as receive an iPad, a pizza party for their class and a $1,000 donation to their school!

To celebrate the 10th year of the contest, an additional ten runners-up will each receive a $5,000 grant to direct to a Habitat Affiliate of their choice, along with an iPod touch and a pizza party for their class. Genworth Canada will also donate an additional $10 to local Habitat Affiliates for each entry submitted, giving each student the opportunity to make a difference in their own community.

By encouraging students and teachers from all across Canada to participate in the Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest, young people learn how to be engaged, compassionate citizens while directly supporting the home-building initiatives of Habitat Nova Scotia – a one-of-a-kind opportunity for young people to make a real impact in their communities.

“The Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest becomes more rewarding each year,” says Anita Booth, Director, Marketing and Community Relations with Genworth Canada.  “By encouraging students to become more engaged, we are teaching them to become more compassionate community members, all while educating on the need for more affordable housing in Canada. We are proud to have provided over $900,000 in funding for Habitat for Humanity across Canada since the contest started in 2007.”

“We are so pleased that Genworth has been so generous in their partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” says Marie-France LeBlanc, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia. “The Meaning of Home contest is unique in the sense that it gives us a chance to engage with youth from across the province. In discussions with our Partner Families, we tend to hear primarily from the adults, but through this initiative, we get to hear from our young people what home means to them. And we know that those who benefit most from affordable homeownership are the children of our Partner Families.”

Students can submit their entries between October 3 and November 30th. For more information on contest rules, or to submit an entry, visit www.meaningofhome.ca. The contest winner and runners-up will be announced in February, 2017.