Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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November 19, 2010 14:38 ET

CMHC's Charity Gingerbread House Competition Raises Funds for Habitat for Humanity, NCR

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2010) - Professionals and amateurs alike brought their gingerbread building and decorating skills to the Rideau Centre today, participating in Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) ninth annual gingerbread house competition and helping to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region (NCR).

Several prizes were awarded, but the main winners will be local families whose dreams of homeownership will move closer to reality because of the event.

"The Government of Canada is dedicated to working in partnership with organizations like Habitat for Humanity to build the sort of safe, appropriate, affordable housing necessary for healthy, sustainable communities," said Minister Diane Finley. "CMHC and Habitat for Humanity have a long history of working well together. When it comes to building safe and strong communities, we know that it takes partnerships at all levels to get real results."

In the competition's professional category, local restaurants, bakeries and culinary schools competed to design and decorate gingerbread houses that evoke the holiday spirit. The top prize of $1,000 went to a stunning creation made by Catherine Beddall. The second place prize of $500 was awarded to Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and third place went to La Cité Collegiale with a $250 prize.

The amateur category, which saw teams of families, friends and other 'rookies' compete to come up with the most tantalizing creation. The first prize of $500 went to Wee Folk Playhouse Inc.; second prize ($250) was awarded to Erskine Dredge & Associates Architects Inc.; and third prize ($100) went to Blundon's Insulation Ltd.

A highlight of the annual event is the media competition, in which local media personalities compete against each other – and against the clock – in a live gingerbread house build. This year, teams from the Ottawa Sun, 24 Hours Ottawa, A-Channel, CJOH CTV Ottawa, HOT 89.9, CBC Radio, Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Kiosk participated. The media competition was co-hosted by Max Keeping, former Vice-President of News and Public Affairs at CJOH and currently the station's Community Ambassador. All participating teams were presented with a certificate of appreciation by Minister Finley.

Judges for the ninth annual competition were Karen Kinsley, President and Chief Executive Officer of CMHC; Elizabeth Rock, Past President of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, National Capital Region; and Sheila Whyte, owner of Thyme and Again Creative Catering.

"Habitat for Humanity NCR is proud to partner with CMHC again this year for another excellent community event," said Elizabeth Rock on behalf of Habitat for Humanity NCR. "Everyone is a winner in this event, especially the local families who will be helped by your generosity."

The gingerbread homes will be on display at the Rideau Centre in the West Bay Bridge (near Grand & Toy) from Friday, November 19 to Sunday, November 21. Visitors are invited to tour the gingerbread village and bid on their favourite homes in a silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to support the home building programs of Habitat for Humanity NCR.

Habitat for Humanity NCR's mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat has built 35 homes in the National Capital Region since 1993.

CMHC has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, environmentally sustainable, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a reality across the country.

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