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Canadian kids raise $300,000 through writing contest for Habitat for Humanity!

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2021 noticed file variety of submissions to Habitat for Humanity Canada That means of House writing contest

TORONTO, June 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a 12 months when our houses performed venue to on-line school rooms, boardrooms, milestones and mundane moments alike, Habitat for Humanity Canada was focused on listening to the reply to the query, what does residence imply to you? Over 12,000 children answered the decision, making the 2021 annual That means of House writing contest that encourages college students in grades 4, 5 and 6 to share what residence means to them by means of a poem or brief essay, a file 12 months when it comes to variety of submissions acquired. This 12 months’s That means of House contest additionally raised a file of $300,000 for native Habitat for Humanity organizations throughout Canada.

Yearly, there are three grand prize winners, one from every grade, who win a $30,000 grant in the direction of their native Habitat for Humanity construct, and 9 runners up who win a $10,000 grant in the direction of their native Habitat. Moreover, every scholar entry additionally earns a $10 donation for his or her native Habitat. These much-needed funds will go in the direction of constructing houses for households in want of a secure and safe place to name residence.

Grand Prize Winners:

Annika Okay. from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the Grade 4 grand prize winner and her $30,000 grant might be going to Habitat for Humanity Manitoba. Click here to learn Annika’s profitable entry “What’s House.”

Jake T. is the Grade 5 grand prize winner, from Montreal, Quebec. His $30,000 grant will go to Habitat for Humanity Quebec. Click here to see the illustrated ebook of Jake’s profitable entry: “House: a small phrase with huge that means.”

Kara T. is the Grade 6 grand prize winner, from Orangeville, Ontario, whose $30,000 grant will assist construct houses with Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin. Click here to learn Kara’s profitable entry: “What residence means to me”.

Click here to look at the grand prize winners studying their entries.

“It’s extremely inspiring to see the variety of younger kids throughout Canada who really feel passionately in regards to the want for everybody to have a secure and respectable place to name residence,” says Julia Deans, CEO and President, Habitat for Humanity Canada. “The entries have been excellent and we’re so grateful to the lecturers and fogeys who introduced this vital writing contest to Canadian college students and helped gasoline the vital work Habitat for Humanity does throughout Canada.”

The That means of House contest wouldn’t be potential with out the beneficiant assist of founding sponsor, SagenTM (previously often known as Genworth Canada) and award sponsors Revera and Swiffer. Because of their investments, college students have a possibility to present again to their communities in an interesting and significant means.   

“Throughout a time the place we’ve all been spending a lot time at residence, it’s by no means been extra related to have interaction children on points like reasonably priced housing by means of our annual That means of House contest,” mentioned Stuart Levings, President and CEO of Sagen. “As soon as once more, I’m amazed by the expertise and dedication of scholars who’ve submitted their tales and I’m overwhelmed by the record-breaking variety of submissions and funds raised. It’s by no means been extra vital to have children concerned and creating constructive change of their communities.”

To learn all of the profitable entries, please go to:

Runners up Grade 4:

Alexandra R. Habitat Vancouver Island North
Isla V. Habitat Victoria
Mya W. Habitat Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin

Runners up Grade 5:

Morgan J. Habitat Higher Ottawa
Emma M. Habitat Peterborough & Kawartha Area
Ella C-W. Habitat Higher Ottawa

Runners up Grade 6:

Lacey C. Habitat Newfoundland & Labrador
Castin B. Habitat Ontario Gateway North
Olivia G. Habitat Peterborough & Kawartha Area

Habitat for Humanity Canada’s mannequin of reasonably priced housing helps households in want of housing purchase their very own residence. Habitat owners volunteer as much as 500 hours and pay an reasonably priced mortgage geared to their earnings, serving to them construct a powerful basis and the monetary stability to assist plan for his or her kids’s futures.  

Lecturers or mother and father who’re focused on having their Grade 4, 5 or 6 college students take part can entry an academic module on-line at that features writing ideas and knowledge on reasonably priced housing points in Canada. Submission for the 2022 That means of House contest might be open in January 2022.   

About Sagen™ (previously Genworth Canada)

As a sponsor since 2000, Sagen has donated over $5 million in assist of Habitat Canada and has helped 1000’s of Canadian households notice their desires of reasonably priced homeownership. Whereas Sagen’s monetary assist gives essential funding for his or her homeownership program, its assist of Habitat Canada extends far past monetary assist. All through the sponsorship, Sagen staff from all ranges of the group, together with President and CEO Stuart Levings and his govt group, have lent their management expertise, business information and time to assist launch lots of Habitats’ signature packages, together with the Sagen Homebuilding Grants, International Village Volunteer Program in Canada and the That means of House Contest. These packages, together with Sagen’s assist and involvement in them has considerably elevated their potential to lift funds, recruit volunteers and in the end, assist extra households and construct stronger communities. Discover out extra at

About Habitat

Based in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a nationwide charitable group working towards a world the place everybody has a good and reasonably priced place to name residence. Habitat for Humanity brings communities collectively to assist households construct energy, stability and independence by means of reasonably priced homeownership. With the assistance of volunteers, Habitat owners and 50 native Habitats working in each province and territory, we offer a strong basis for higher, more healthy lives in Canada and around the globe. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity Worldwide, which was established in 1976 and has grown to change into a number one world non-profit working in additional than 70 nations. For extra data, please go to


Laura Arlabosse-Stewart
Director, Communications Habitat for Humanity Canada
C: (416) 822-1039

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