(Brampton, June 3, 2019) — This year’s Show A Little Heart video competition was won by a student who told the inspiring story of his grandmother and her passion for making cookies using a recipe she learned in Croatia more than 60 years ago.
Jaiden Pugar won $1,000 with his video “U Cookies”. The annual video competition for students is sponsored by Heart to Home Meals.
The winning entry centres on the bond between Jaiden and his grandmother, Vera, and the reverence she has for making Vanillekipferl – a crescent shaped biscuit that originates in Eastern Europe. The delicate nature of the cookie requires a lot of skill and patience, a similar approach used by Vera towards her family.
Jaiden and Vera
“We were very impressed how students took a simple concept and offered a variety of ways to tell their stories,” said Matt Diestl, Director of Marketing and Development at Heart to Home Meals. “Tellingly, they all had a similar theme, how much there is to be gained when young people are open to advice and support from seniors.”
The Winning Videos:
1 Jaiden Pugar: U Cookies – Aurora $1,000
2 Meagan Veneracion: Howard – Mississauga $500
3 George Turnbull: Ode to My Mother – Toronto $300
Second prize was awarded to Meagan Veneracion who documented the lessons she has learned after a chance meeting with 66-year-old Howard Ross who was born with a cerebral palsy. Meagan was visiting her aunt who works at a care home when she struck up a friendship with Howard. He is now living in the same facility as his mother, aged 91, who suffers from dementia.
The third prize went to George Turnbull. He and his twin sister were only a few months old and living in an orphanage in Cambodia when they were adopted and brought to Canada by Deborah Turnbull. She was a single parent determined to give the kids a better opportunity. Later this month, the 67-year-old will receive an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University for her work in international development. George’s video involves a poem and animation highlighting how he and his sister went from a Cambodian orphanage to living the Canadian dream.
This is the second year Show A Little Heart has been sponsored by Heart to Home Meals. The video competition seeks to highlight the benefits of intergenerational relationships.
To see the winning videos, click here
About Heart to Home Meals:
Heart to Home Meals customers can choose from a range of more than 200 different items using a full-colour menu catalogue or eCommerce website. There are no contracts or commitments and delivery is free in most cases. The delivery service provides an additional point of contact for seniors who want to live independently. Experts in home and seniors care have noted the importance of having a regular check-in and visual inspection, especially for those with mobility issues. Heart to Home Meals is based on the highly-successful concept out of the UK called Wiltshire Farm Foods that has been in business for more than 25 years.
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