Genworth Canada's Meaning of Home Contest Receives Record Number of Entries, Raising over $120,000 for Habitat for Humanity

Genworth Canada's Meaning of Home Contest Receives Record Number of Entries, 
Raising over $120,000 for Habitat for Humanity Canada 
Annual writing contest receives over 7,000 entries from students across the 
TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Even before the winter ice storms and arctic 
air masses hit Canada, 11-year-old Arvin Bal from Oakville, Ontario was 
writing about the importance of a place to be safe and warm.  Arvin's essay 
(excerpt below) was chosen from over 7,000 entries across Canada, as the 
winner of Genworth Canada's 7(th) annual Meaning of Home Writing Contest. 
Some people have nowhere to keep them warm
In the middle of a dangerous winter storm
Everyone should be an equal
The start of every life deserves a sequel 
Each individual should have a cozy place to spend the night
Where they can be sure everything will be alright
When somebody feels like all hope is lost
They should have a retreat to keep them from the frost 
Genworth Canada's Meaning of Home contest invites Grade 4, 5 and 6 students 
from across Canada to submit a written essay about what home means to them for 
a chance to direct $60,000 to a Habitat for Humanity Canada build and receive 
a pizza party for their entire school. This year's contest raised more than 
$120,000 for Habitat for Humanity builds across Canada and saw a 40 per cent 
increase in participation over 2012. 
"We are so thrilled to see this contest grow year-over-year, as we continue to 
support Habitat for Humanity," said Brian Hurley, chairman and CEO of Genworth 
Canada. "Even more inspiring, though, are all the entries we read which show 
how committed these children are to helping others and how much they 
appreciate all that they have." 
"I was so impressed by the entries I read that it was difficult to pick one 
winner," said television personality Scott McGillivray, another strong 
supporter of Habitat, who joined the Genworth Canada final judging panel to 
help pick the winner.  "This contest is a great way for kids to help those in 
need get a better start on life and I was humbled by the thoughtfulness of 
these Canadian youth.  They are all winners." 
Since its inception in 2007, the Meaning of Home contest has resulted in over 
$675,000 in total grants from Genworth Canada being directed to more than 30 
Canadian Habitat affiliates. As part of the contest, Genworth Canada donates 
$5 per entry, enabling every participating student to help a deserving family 
become home owners. 
"Many Canadian families are forced to live paycheque to paycheque, making it 
nearly impossible to get ahead. They must decide between things like heat and 
rent - a decision no family should ever have to make," said Kevin Marshman, 
President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "Through this contest, 
thousands of Canadian youth have come further to appreciate all that they have 
while helping many families and their children access safe, decent and 
affordable shelter of their own." 
Arvin has chosen Habitat for Humanity Halton as the beneficiary of his $60,000 
prize grant. Five runners-up were also selected and awarded a $5,000 grant 
each to direct to a Habitat for Humanity affiliate of their choice. The 
runners-up and their Habitat beneficiaries are: 

        --  Sarah Sevigny, Cowansville, Québec - Habitat for Humanity
        --  Sandra Taskovic, Peterborough, Ontario - Habitat for Humanity
        --  Andrew Longstaff and Grade 6 class, Southey, Saskatchewan -
            Habitat for Humanity Regina
        --  Pascal Morimanno , Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick - Habitat for
            Humanity Fredericton
        --  Samantha Cummings, Vancouver, British Columbia - Habitat for
            Humanity Nunavut

Students were also invited to post videos describing what home means to them 
for a chance to win additional prizes and Joshua Abbott of East St. Paul, 
Manitoba was the video winner.  The videos are available at

To read Arvin's complete essay and the other winning entries, visit

About Genworth Canada
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 almost 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 December 31, 
2013, Genworth Canada, had $5.6 billion total assets and $3.0 billion 
shareholders' equity. Find out more at

Habitat for Humanity Canada:
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit 
organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent 
place to live. With the help of over 50,000 volunteers every year and 65 
affiliate organizations from coast to coast, their mission is to mobilize 
volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting 
homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around 
the world. For more information, please visit

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