Local student wins $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario  
Grade 6 student from London a runner up in national student writing contest  
June 3, 2020 , London, Ontario - The Meaning of Home is a national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada that asks students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to share what home means to them. London student Emily Phillips is one of three Grade 6 runners up in the national contest, helping win a $10,000 grant from Genworth Canada that will go towards Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario. Each student entry also earned a $10 donation for their local Habitat. Habitat Heartland Ontario had 330 entries from local students, earning a $3,300 donation. 

Read Emily’s winning entry “ What Home Means to Me ” below, and at   meaningofhome.ca/winners-2020/

“Thank you to the local students and teachers that took part in the Meaning of Home writing contest this year,” said Brian Elliot, CEO of Habitat Heartland. “Reading through all their submissions has been truly inspiring, especially during these difficult times. Special congratulations to Emily Phillips on her winning entry! The money Emily and her peers raised through their entries for Habitat Heartland will go a long way to build safe, secure and affordable homes for families in our community.” 

There are three grand prize winners, one from each grade, who have won a $30,000 grant towards a local Habitat for Humanity build. Nine runners up have won a $10,000 grant towards their local Habitat. Over 10,200 students entered this year’s Meaning of Home contest, which sets a new record. During a time when many local Habitats are struggling with the financial impact from COVID-19 on their operations, this contest helped raise over $280,000. These much-needed funds will go towards building homes for families in need of a safe and secure place to call home across the country.  

The Meaning of Home contest would not be possible without the generous support of founding sponsor, Genworth Canada.  

“I’d like to congratulate each of the contest winners and thank all the students who submitted entries on what home means to them. Since 2007, the Meaning of Home contest has been empowering youth to become engaged and compassionate members of the community while educating them on the importance of affordable housing. We’re proud to be a founding sponsor of this initiative,” said Stuart Levings, President and CEO, Genworth Canada. 

In addition to the support of founding sponsor Genworth Canada, the Meaning of Home contest would not have been possible without the support of awards sponsor, Revera Inc. and judging sponsor, The Silver Hotel Group.   

For a complete list of winners and to read the winning entries, please visit  meaningofhome.ca/winners-2020/

Habitat Heartland is planning a socially distant parade celebration for Emily at her school, and will follow up with information on how the media can attend!
For more information please contact:  
Emily Rust 
Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario 

What Home Means to Me – Emily Phillips  

My house is made of bricks and wood 
Have a home? Everyone should 
Home is somewhere I can dance 
With no one there who will glance 
My house protects me from rain and snow 
Home is a place everyone should get to go 
But a house is just made of bricks and wood 
It’s a building not everyone has who should 
A home is made of family and friends 
Who laugh and laugh until the end 
Home to me is a warm place 
A place that protects every human and every race 
Not everyone has a home but they should 
So make a change, give someone a house you could! 
So enter this contest they will donate ten dollars 
Give someone a house and make them holler 
This contest helps build someone a house 
A place to go, be happy, and feel well 
So be part of this change, come on let’s do it! 
Let’s help give someone a house, somewhere to sit, come on we can do it lets all commit! 
About Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario  
Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario believes that everyone has the right to the confidence, security and hope that a home provides. Affordable homeownership is key to building strong, equitable and thriving communities. By mobilizing volunteers and community partners, Habitat Heartland provides opportunities for families in Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford and Perth counties to achieve affordable and sustainable homeownership. For more information, please visit  www.habitat4home.ca.  

About founding sponsor: Genworth MI Canada Inc.  
Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) through its subsidiary, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada ("Genworth Canada"), is the largest private residential mortgage insurer in Canada. The Company provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders, making homeownership more accessible to first-time homebuyers. Genworth Canada differentiates itself through customer service excellence, innovative processing technology and a robust risk management framework. For more than two decades, Genworth Canada has supported the housing market by providing thought leadership and a focus on the safety and soundness of the mortgage finance system. As at March 31, 2020, Genworth Canada had $6.6 billion total assets and $3.4 billion total shareholders equity. Find out more at  www.genworth.ca