Students in SD71 and SD72 can help Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North build homes by entering.

Students across the country have an opportunity to help a local family become a Habitat homeowner, thanks to the Meaning of Home contest, a national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada. Launching today, the Meaning of Home contest asks students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to share what home means to them.

In the last 12 years, over 50,000 students have shared what homes has meant to them. Thanks to their inspiring words, and Genworth Canada’s generous support, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

Three grand prize winners, one for each grade, will have the opportunity to direct a grant of $25,000 to a local Habitat for Humanity of their choice. Nine runners up will receive a grant of $5,000 to the Habitat build of their choice. For every contest entry, a donation of $10 will be made to that student’s local Habitat, ensuring every student can help build Habitat homes in their community.

“As a father and grandfather, I believe in the value of getting children involved in the community and teaching them even though they are young, they have the power to effect positive change,” said Mark Rodgers, Habitat for Humanity Canada President and CEO. “We need to empower youth to know that they can change this world for the better.”

The Meaning of Home contest is open to all Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada. Submissions will be accepted online between January 7 and February 18, and winners will be announced in April. More information on how to enter, as well as details on prizing, can be found at www.meaningofhome.ca, or by contacting Tom Beshr, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s director of development, at (250) 334-3777 ext. 230 or tom@habitatnorthisland.com

 “As a founding sponsor of the Meaning of Home contest, we have seen its positive impact grow year after year,” says Stuart Levings, President and CEO of Genworth Canada.  “By encouraging students to become more engaged, we are teaching them to become more compassionate community members, all while educating them on the need for more affordable housing in Canada.  We are proud supporters of Habitat for Humanity and this contest, which is helping to raise awareness about affordable housing concerns among our future leaders.”

 

Cady Corman

Marketing and Communications Manager, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North