Celebrating a Record-Breaking Achievement: Hamilton Student Wins Grand Prize in National Contest

Hamilton, ON (June 3, 2024) – Habitat for Humanity Hamilton is thrilled to celebrate the outstanding achievement of Kateryna (Katy) K., a Grade 5 student from St. Michael’s Catholic Elementary School. Katy has won the grand prize in the Grade 5 category of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Meaning of Home contest, sponsored by Sagen. Her touching poem, “What does home mean to me?”, has not only earned her personal accolades but also a significant $30,000 grant for Habitat for Humanity Hamilton.

This year, Hamilton students made an incredible impact by submitting a record-breaking 437 entries, raising $4,370 for Habitat Hamilton through Sagen’s donation program, which contributes $10 for every submission. This unprecedented participation highlights the community’s dedication to supporting affordable housing initiatives.

Sean Ferris, CEO of Habitat Hamilton, expressed immense pride: “We are so proud to have such amazing youth in our community who want to get involved. This $30,000 grant will go a long way to help us provide strength, stability, and independence for more families in Hamilton who need affordable housing opportunities.”

The Meaning of Home contest, a national initiative by Habitat for Humanity Canada, encourages students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to share their thoughts on what home means to them. This year, over 15,000 entries were submitted, raising $327,000 for local Habitat organizations across the country. Since its inception in 2007, the contest has raised $2.7 million, thanks to the generous support of founding sponsor Sagen.

Stuart Levings, President and CEO of Sagen, remarked on the contest’s impact: “With the support of Sagen as founding sponsor, these students have raised $2.7 million to help more families in need of homes build stronger lives through housing. It’s our privilege to support students in becoming caring citizens and in providing safe and affordable homes for families.”

To celebrate Katy’s achievement, Habitat for Humanity Hamilton will be hosting a special event for St. Michael Catholic Elementary School. Stay tuned to our social media channels to see coverage of the event and join us in congratulating Katy and our community’s youth for their remarkable efforts.

Thank you again to Sagen, for making this wonderful contest possible. As a sponsor since 2000, Sagen has donated over $6.9 million in support of Habitat Canada and has helped thousands of Canadian families realize their dreams of affordable homeownership. Sagen’s support extends beyond financial contributions, with employees lending their expertise and time to various Habitat programs. Find out more at

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