Financial literacy workshops coming up

After spending the last eight weeks out and about in the community, I have been talking to individuals from all walks and stages of life; about money and how it makes them feel. Some believe it makes the world go round!

Although in light of the current global financial crisis and lack of scientific concern about a reduction in speed of the Earth’s rotation, I’m having my doubts about that theory.

Some people don’t worry about money, for various reasons; they are enjoying a well-planned retirement or living without any major dependence on material things. Some have freed themselves from debt and others are well-provided for by their family.

But many are stressed out by money or a lack of it. Some are even facing the hardships of losing the family home or considering bankruptcy.

Most of us have too much debt compared to our income and this is true for high earners as much as low earners.

So, as you watch the global financial crisis unfold and attempt to understand the creative fiscal policies being implemented around the world, perhaps now is the time to take stock of your own financial situation.

The good news is your finances are probably less complex than those in the Euro-zone and you are not alone.

A series of six free workshops will be held in Williams Lake from February to June 2012. The workshops are free and anyone is eligible to register.

There will be approximately 20 spaces available for each workshop, pre-registration is required.

Each workshop will start around 6 p.m. and run for two to three hours. The workshop topics are: Budgeting and Money Management on Feb. 7, 2012; Credit and Debt Management on March 6, 2012; Income Tax on April 3, 2012; Home Financing on May 8, 2012;  Financial Planning on June 5, 2012; and Smart Consumerism (date to be confirmed).

The workshops will be held in downtown Williams Lake at the CRD on Third Avenue or at the Women’s Contact Society on First Avenue

The team of volunteer co-facilitators will bring an added dimension to the excellent workshop material available.

The financial workshop team includes CIBC manager Kirby Fofanoff; Kirsten Stark, Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy; Caroline Derksen, CRD Williams Lake Library; Bob Osmachenko, community volunteer; Ashlee Turatas, Women’s Contact Society; Brian Purdy, PMT Chartered Accountants; Paul Eves, Scotiabank; and Joanne Stacey, RBC.

Whether it’s working out compound interest or researching socially responsible investing, being informed and making decisions that are right for you are critical when it comes to managing your money.

Please join us on Tuesday Jan. 17, 2012 at 7 p.m. for the Focus on Financial Literacy, special event at the CRD Library in Williams Lake. Additional workshop information and registration will be available at this event, along with a door prize or two.

Early bird workshop registration by e-mail to: or leave a message at 250-392-8161 (option 3), please state your name, phone number and which workshop(s) you wish to be registered for.

Confirmation of registration will be provided by phone or e-mail, approximately two weeks before the workshop date.

Kirsten Stark is the financial literacy project coordinator for Williams Lake and area.


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