CMHC gingerbread house competition raises funds for Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region

    OTTAWA, Nov. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's
(CMHC) sixth-annual gingerbread house competition kicked off the festive
season today by raising funds to help Habitat for Humanity build homes for
families in need in the National Capital Region (NCR).
    "CMHC's annual gingerbread house competition captures the spirit of the
season by helping to raise money for the construction of new homes for
families in need in our community," said Pierre Poilievre, MP for
Nepean-Carleton on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development. "The Government of Canada is proud to be a
part of this holiday tradition."
    More than 20 local businesses, bakeries and restaurants participated in
the gingerbread house design competition, which was held at the Rideau Centre.
Awards for the best designed gingerbread homes were presented by a panel of
judges, including Mark Salerno, CMHC Corporate Representative; Elizabeth Rock,
President of Habitat for Humanity NCR; and Sheila Brady, Ottawa Citizen Homes
Editor. Cash prizes of $1,000; $500 and $250 were awarded for first, second
and third place, respectively.
    As well, local media teams competed against each other, and against the
clock, in a separate competition held this morning to build and decorate
gingerbread homes.
    "I look forward to this special event every year, as the quality of the
houses and the creativity shown by each of the competitors is outstanding,"
said Rock. "We are truly grateful for their efforts, for CMHC for their
support each year, and for the funds raised at this wonderful event."
    The gingerbread homes will be on display at the Rideau Centre in the West
Bay Bridge (near Grand & Toy) all weekend. Visitors are invited to tour the
gingerbread village and bid on their favourite homes in a silent auction. All
proceeds from the silent auction will go to Habitat for Humanity NCR to build
new homes in the National Capital Region. The fundraising goal is $10,000.

    Habitat for Humanity has built 31 homes in the National Capital Region
over the past 14 years, and works in partnership with CMHC to help those in
need. CMHC is proud to contribute toward the construction of new homes through
this charity event.

    CMHC has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years.
CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality,
environmentally sustainable, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy
communities and cities a reality across the country.

For further information:

For further information: Kristen Scheel, Media Relations, CMHC, (613)
748-4632, C: (613) 513-6546,; Kimberlie Montagner, Community
Relations, Habitat for Humanity NCR, (613) 749-9950 x225, C: (613) 292-5032,

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