Markdale, ON – Chapman’s Ice Cream is excited to share that Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Meaning of Home contest is now open and accepting entries until February 18, 2022. The national writing contest invites students in grades 4, 5 and 6 to share what home means to them in the form of a story, poem, or essay.

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Chapman’s Ice Cream has pledged $50,000 to this year’s Meaning of Home contest, which raises money for Habitat for Humanity Canada and local Habitat organizations across the country. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a charitable organization that helps families in need of decent and affordable housing. This marks the first year of partnership between Chapman’s and Habitat Canada.

“The past two years have shown Canadian families the importance of home like never before,” says Ashley Chapman, Vice President of Chapman’s Ice Cream.

“To be able to shelter at home and feel like you can do something to keep your family safe during the pandemic is a luxury many people in this country do not have,” he notes. “Our contribution to Habitat for Humanity Canada will open this possibility to many more Canadians who dream of ‘home’ in a way many of us take for granted. We are honoured to partner with such a great organization.”

Each student who enters the Meaning of Home contest earns a $10 donation towards their local Habitat for Humanity. Three grand prize winners – one from each grade – will receive a
$30,000 grant towards their local Habitat build, while nine runners-up receive a grant of $10,000. In addition, each winner and runner-up will win an iPad or tablet, as well as a pizza party for their class.

Last year, more than 12,000 students from across Canada participated in the contest, raising a record-setting $300,000 for local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Since its launch in 2007, the Meaning of Home Contest has raised $1.7 million and helped local Habitats in 47 Canadian communities.

“Chapman’s believes wholeheartedly in the power of literacy and education,” says Chapman. “This contest is a fun and creative way for children to strengthen their writing skills, give back to the community, and reflect on the true meaning of home.”

Parents or teachers interested in having their grade 4, 5 or 6 students participate in this year’s Meaning of Home contest can learn more and submit their students’ entries at until February 18, 2022. Winners will be announced this June.

About Chapman’s Ice Cream Chapman’s Ice cream is Canada’s largest independent ice cream maker, based out of Markdale, Ontario. Established in 1973, Chapman’s currently delivers over 180 of its products to all provinces and territories across Canada.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national charitable organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 50 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit

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