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Teens find Financial Links helpful

January 23rd, 2014

My name is Kelly and I’m a mentor at our local community center. The kids that I mentor wanted me to email you on their behalf and tell you that they think your page,, has some great sites on financial literacy. We ended up bookmarking some.  

Thanks Kelly for sending  us the email.  Check out the Comments section of the above page to find read the humorous take on some of the worlds strangest taxes that Kelly and her teens sent us!



Managing Money. A Primer for Learning.

November 25th, 2013

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November is Financial Literacy Month.  For the Literacy Committee, this has meant that time has been spent gathering resources and links to help individuals learn how to better manage their money.

The number of resources out there is endless.  To help you learn more, we have compiled our Money. Money. Money page, with resources to help people of all ages manage their money better.

It is a gateway to the basic information you need.  In some cases, we have suggested search terms to help you find more resources or suggested a visit to your local librarian.

Looking for more in-person resources, visit this page often, subscribe to our twitter feed @mrpmliteracy, or follow us on Facebook to learn about money workshops hosted by our community partners.


Financial Literacy Information Session September 9, 2013

August 28th, 2013

Knowing how to manage money is an important life skill.  One that affects quality of life and reduces stress.  If you have clients:

  • Who struggle with their money
  • Who don’t know what a budget is, or how it works
  • Who are in debt
  • Who regularly miss payments
  • Who don’t understand how credit works

Then join us Monday, September 9th 9 AM  – 11 AM at Riverside Centre (20575 Thorne Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC) to learn about resources to help your clients manage their money more effectively.

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee is hosting this Financial Literacy Information session to connect local non profit organizations with regional service providers who offer free Financial Literacy Services

Who should come?

  • Anyone who works with people who could improve their money management skills.

Why attend?

  • Learn about what financial literacy programs and services are available regionally;
  • Meet representatives from Vancity, Credit Counselling Society, Family Services of Greater Vancouver
  • Evaluate which program / service best meets your client group’s unique needs;
  • Start planning money management workshops / services for your clients.

Please RSVP your attendance:

  1. Email:
  2. Tel:  604.four-six-six.8254


If you cannot attend the session but would like more information, please feel free contact us.

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