Congratulations to our Meaning of Home contest Winners!

Over 10,000 Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada shared what home means to them in the annual Meaning of Home contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Each of the three grand prize winners (one from each grade) will receive a $30,000 grant which will be directed to their local Habitat. Nine runners up have won a $10,000 grant towards a local Habitat for Humanity home build. Every student entry earned a $10 donation for that student’s local Habitat for Humanity, helping to raise an additional $102,000 that will go towards building more homes in communities across Canada.

Nyra Calamiong

Grade 6 grand prize winner

Nathan Papps

Grade 5 grand prize winner

Ines Casanova

Grade 4 grand prize winner

The Grade 6 grand prize winner is Nyra Calamiong, from Toronto, Ontario, who is directing her/his grant to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity GTA.
Click here to read Nyra’s winning poem: “My Home is the Most Important Place to Me”.
Nathan Papps is the Grade 5 grand prize winner, from Victoria, British Columbia. His grant will be directed to Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
Click here to read Nathan’s winning poem: “Where the Heart Lives”.
Ines Casanova, from Toronto, Ontario, is the Grade 4 grand prize winner and will be directing her $30,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity GTA.
Click here to read Ines’ winning poem “Home. The endless possibilities”.

“Reading through these students’ entries about what home means to them is very inspiring,” said Julia Deans, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “A decent and affordable place to call home is something too many Canadians don’t have. And the importance of being able to have a secure and safe home to live in has never been clearer as it is during these challenging times.”

The Meaning of Home contest would not be possible without the generous support of founding sponsor, Genworth Canada.

“I’d like to congratulate each of the contest winners and thank all the students who submitted entries on what home means to them. Since 2007, the Meaning of Home contest has been empowering youth to become engaged and compassionate members of the community while educating them on the importance of affordable housing. We’re proud to be a founding sponsor of this initiative,” said Stuart Levings, President and CEO, Genworth Canada.

In addition to the support of founding sponsor Genworth Canada, the Meaning of Home contest would not have been possible without the support of awards sponsor, Revera Inc. and judging sponsor, The Silver Hotel Group.

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the Meaning of Home contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada!

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Canada please visit www.habitat.ca.

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