Archive for October, 2012

Money skills a necessity

October 24th, 2012

Financial literacy is “more than a nice to have skill.  It is a necessity in today’s world…”[1] Individuals and families struggle everyday with money issues such as how to spend or save what they have, or how to stretch it that much further.

Many individuals and families lack the ’knowledge, skills, and confidence to make responsible financial decisions’ – the core concept defining financial literacy.  The struggle with personal money management isn’t limited to those in any particular socio-economic bracket.

“Money management is a life skill.  One that everyone should have,” comments Bruce Grady, Co-Chair of the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee.  “Given that November is Financial Literacy month it is a great time to jump start financial literacy in our communities.”

The Community Literacy Committee has developed a variety of partnerships to provide money management workshops.  Partner agencies include School District 42-Continuing Education, Family Education and Support Centre, PLEA, Credit Counselling Society of BC, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, and Vancity’s Each One Teach One program.  Topics include budgeting, banking, loans, credit cards, identity theft, and managing credit.  All workshops are free thanks to a grant from Vancity and the generous support of our partner agencies.

Watch this site for more details on upcoming workshops.  For more information, contact a Community Literacy Coordinator.


[1]Chawla, Raj K. and Uppal, Sharanjit.  Household Debt in Canada, Statistics Canada.  March 23, 2012 <> Accessed: October 24, 2012