August 30, 2015


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Winnipeg girl wins national writing contest

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.

Chaamindri Fernando's poem won the national contest.

Chaamindri Fernando's poem won the national contest.

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.

History

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

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