TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Using poetic language to compare a homeless
teen with one who has a comfortable home, Grade six student Karson
Simpson will make the dream of homeownership a reality for a deserving
The Guelph, Ontario student won the grand prize in the fourth annual
"Meaning of Home" national writing contest sponsored by Genworth
Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada ("Genworth Financial
Canada") in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada.
Selected from more than 2,400 submissions, Karson's winning essay earned
her the ultimate prize: a $60,000 donation to help build a Habitat for
Humanity Home in the region of her choice. Karson decided to donate the
home to the Guelph Habitat affiliate.
Karson's essay used detailed imagery of warm beds and ratty old sleeping
bags to contrast life in a comfortable family home with sleeping in a
shelter. She wrote: "She wakes up and knows that if she didn't have her
home, she wouldn't have much of anything at all."
The Meaning of Home contest was established in 2007 to raise awareness
among students of the importance of having a home. Since its inception,
$357,000 has been donated by Genworth Financial Canada to 23 Habitat
for Humanity Canada affiliates. According to Habitat for Humanity
statistics, four million Canadians are in need of decent, adequate
housing. By putting pen to paper, students have the opportunity to
express their feelings and to make a difference in their community.
"The quality of entries we received again this year demonstrates the
high level of creativity and compassion found in the younger
generation," said Peter Vukanovich, President and COO of Genworth
Financial Canada. "The Meaning of Home contest empowers students from
across Canada to use the importance of their words to give a family a
Congratulations also go out to the runners-up: Kevin from St. John's
Newfoundland, Lucy Gay from Oakville Ontario, Margaret Ovenell from
Vancouver BC, Tyler Gerke from Edmonton Alberta, Samuel Dion-Dundas
from Longueuil Quebec.
The winning entry and runners-up were chosen by a panel of judges from a
list of 24 semi-finalists. Genworth Financial Canada would like to
thank the teachers and associations who helped to promote this contest
in their classrooms helping to bring in a record number of entries.
To read all of the 24 winning entries, and for more information about
the Meaning of Home Contest, please visit www.meaningofhome.ca.
About Habitat for Humanity Canada:
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC) is a national,
non-profit organization working for a world where everyone has a safe
and decent place to live. With the help of over 50,000 volunteers every
year and 72 affiliate partners from coast to coast, HFHC's mission is
to break the cycle of poverty through affordable housing and the
promotion of home ownership.
Additional information about Habitat for Humanity Canada is available at
About Genworth Financial Canada:
Genworth Financial Canada, a subsidiary of Genworth MI Canada Inc.
(TSX:MIC), has been the leading Canadian private residential mortgage
insurer since 1995. Known as "The Homeownership Company", it provides
default mortgage insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders
that enables low down payment borrowers to own a home more affordably
and stay in their homes during difficult financial times. Genworth
Financial Canada combines technological and service excellence with
risk management expertise to deliver innovation to the mortgage
marketplace. As of September 30, 2010, Genworth MI Canada had $5.3
billion in total assets and $2.6 billion in shareholders' equity. Based
in Oakville, Ontario, the Company employs approximately 265 people
Additional information about Genworth Financial Canada is available at www.genworth.ca.
SOURCE Genworth Financial Canada
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