Ontario Construction News staff writer
Three grand prize winners have been announced in the annual Meaning of Home contest, a national writing competition benefitting Habitat for Humanity Canada.
Winners in three grade levels were each awarded $30,000 grants for their local Habitat organizations.
“Safety, security, a place of love, a place to grow, play, learn and make memories – these are the things that children say matter most when asked what home means to them,” said Julia Deans, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, in a statement. “Housing provides a foundation for all these things, and we continue to build and advocate so more families can benefit from affordable homeownership.”
The contest, which began in 2007, was open to Grade 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada. Over 12,000 students across Canada raised $302,000 for Habitat for Humanity organizations through their entries. All the winners and everyone who entered earned a $10 donation to their local Habitat for Humanity with their submission.
The Grade 4 grand prize winner is Daphne U. (Toronto) for her entry No Place Like Home. Her $30,000 grant will benefit Habitat for Humanity GTA.
The Grade 5 grand prize winner is Harleen S. (Winnipeg), for her entry Home, a Place for Love and Laughter. The grant will benefit Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.
The Grade 6 grand prize winner is Léah C. (Côte Saint-Luc), for her entry What Home Means to Me, and whose grant will benefit Habitat for Humanity Quebec.
To read all the winning entries, visit www.meaningofhome.ca/page/winners2023.