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Winnipeg girl wins national writing contest

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An 11-year-old Winnipeg student has claimed first prize in a national writing contest sponsored by residential home insurer Genworth Canada.

Chaamindri Fernando’s poem was selected from nearly 5,000 entries in the cross-Canada contest, where grade 4, 5 and 6 students were challenged to think about what home means to them.

Each entry in the Meaning of Home contest generates $5 for Habitat for Humanity with $60,000 donated on behalf of the winner and $5,000 donated on behalf of each runner up.

Since being launched in 2007, Genworth Canada’s Meaning of Home contest has generated more than $570,000 in grants being directed to more than 30 Habitat affiliates across the country and its employees have dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours on Habitat builds in Canada.

Runners-up in the 2012 contest were:

  • Sammi Szeto from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Andrew Geffrion from Kanesatake, Québec
  • Annalies Henckel from Courtenay, British Columbia
  • Denver Winch from Oakville, Ontario, and
  • Abby Howard from Whitby, Ontario.

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Updated on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM CST: Corrects typo.

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