11-year-old Bensen winner of Genworth Canada's Meaning of Home Contest
March 10, 2017
Habitat Iqaluit selected for $50,000 grant
Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 were asked this question: “What is the Meaning of Home?” And more than 10,000 students from across the country responded to Genworth Canada’s 10th Annual Meaning of Home Contest, in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada. The 2017 winning entry belonged to Bensen Wilmer, an 11 year old student from Victoria, British Columbia. Bensen has selected Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit to be the beneficiary of a $50,000 grant to help make a difference in Indigenous communities. An additional $5,000 was awarded to ten second-place winners.
Bensen’s win will help a family in need of safe, decent housing build a home in Iqaluit. Along with the charitable grant, Bensen’s school will receive a $1,000 donation. Bensen will be given an iPad to celebrate his win, along with a pizza party for his class.
“It’s extremely rewarding to see the record number of students from coast to coast who participated in our 10th Anniversary of the “Meaning of Home” contest. We are proud of this campaign which has helped increase awareness about the need for affordable homeownership in Canada. Bensen’s poem really captured the essence of a home, the acceptance, warmth and place where one feels welcomed,” said Stuart Levings, President and CEO, Genworth Canada.
“We’re tremendously thankful for Genworth Canada’s continued support of Habitat Canada and the families we serve,” said Mark Rodgers, President and CEO, Habitat Canada. “Since 2000, Genworth Canada and its employees have generously contributed nearly $4M and countless volunteer hours working alongside Habitat future homeowners to build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. Thanks to this partnership and the Genworth Meaning of Home Contest, we’ve been able to educate the next generation of Canadians on how important it is to have a safe and decent home.”
What is the meaning of home? The winning entry!
$5,000 grants awarded to 10 other local Habitats
As part of the 10th Anniversary, the contest included ten grants of $5,000 each to be directed to a local Habitat of the deserving winners from Paradise, Newfoundland to North Battlefield, Saskatchewan to Kelowna, British Columbia.The 10 second-place winners and their beneficiaries are:
Students were also invited to submit videos describing what home means to them for a chance to win additional prizes. View the winning video from Our Lady of Peace School’s grade six class from Oakville, Ontario at www.youtube.com/meaningofhome.
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