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Managing your money… a life skill.

May 28th, 2013

When we think about literacy, few of us think about money.  However, how we manage our money is in fact one component of literacy.  How we manage (or don’t manage) our money directly impacts our quality of life.  In the literacy world, it’s called: financial literacy.

Financial literacy is knowing how to manage our money to meet our personal and family goals.  Money management is something that few families discuss.  Our parent’s don’t teach us and it’s only recently become a topic in our schools.

So, if we haven’t learned about how to manage money at home or at school, where have we learned?  Most of us learn about money through trial and error, experience, and watching what others do.

Across the country there are organizations that are working to improve our money management knowledge.   Organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy, Practical Money Skills – Canada, and the Task Force on Financial Literacy are exploring how we handle our money with research, programs and services, and online tools.

Locally in British Columbia a number of programs and services are offered.  Whether looking for help for yourself or a friend,  check out these programs and services as a starting point:

Locally, the Literacy Committee is partnering with non profit organizations, and the above noted agencies, to strengthen local financial literacy.  Learn more about how partnering with us works by reading this Invitation to Partner on Financial Literacy 2013.  Want to know what our Financial Service Partners offer, read Financial Services Description 2013.

Interested in hosting a Financial Literacy workshop for your clients or the public, contact Angie McLeod.

 

 

2011 Community & District Literacy Plan Unveiled

June 13th, 2011

June 8th, 2011. Maple Ridge BC.

A short presentation by Jessie Hill, Co-Chair of the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie Community Literacy Committee unveiled the 2011 Community and District Literacy Plan.  “This plan outlines where we’ve been and where we are going” notes Hill.  “It’s been an exciting year for our committee.  We spent the last 12 months re-evaluating the Committee’s role and re-aligning the work we are doing with our vision & mission.  We’ve hired three new Literacy Outreach Workers to help us promote the literacy agenda in the community.”

The Community and District Literacy Plan is a visual reminder of how far the Task Group has come.  It reflects the re-organization and re-vitalization process that the Committee has worked through and celebrates with a clean, new logo and brand.

“Our Literacy Plan not only looks good.  It’s also written in the plain language making it easy for community to read.  This year’s Literacy Plan was designed to be a marketing tool… we want everyone to read it and to learn more about the state of literacy in our communities” comments Hill.

In March 2007, the British Columbia government introduced legislation recognizing the equally significant role that Boards of Education and community organizations play in educating people of all ages.  This legislation required Boards of Education to work with community partners in creating and implementing District Literacy Plans to promote literacy.

While the School District is ultimately responsible for submitting the District Literacy Plan, the compilation of plan involved representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups.  These included: Fraser Valley Regional Library, Douglas College, Bowman Employment, Corrections BC, SD42, Maple Ridge Historical Society, District of Maple Ridge, Fraser Health, Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, Katzie First Nations, and passionate community members.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) requires District Literacy Plans to be:

  • inclusive of education from early learning through adult learning;
  • collaborative; and,
  • prepared and published annually by July 15th.

Read this year’s Community and District Literacy Plan click here: CDLP 2011

Need more information, contact a Literacy Outreach Worker.

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