Workshops offer financial empowerment

A full day of free workshops all about financial literacy are being offered in the lakecity on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

A full day of free workshops all about financial literacy are being offered in the lakecity on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The special day will be hosted by the Cariboo Regional District Library, Williams Lake Branch and Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy.

Early registration is recommended as space is limited for each of the sessions. Registration can be made at the library or by emailing

The first session of the day is a webinar Essentials of a Basic Plan for Your Future by Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre which runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

This session answers the following questions:

What are the key legal documents in B.C. to plan for incapacity, end-of-life and after death? Who gets copies and where do you register your plans so they are available when needed?

The webinar gives an overview of Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Wills. Find out where to get the legal forms and how to register them after they are completed. There will be time for questions and answers.

The workshop Financial Literacy for Families runs from 1 to 2 p.m. and is a workshop for parents. Learn about the steps and strategies for teaching children about money as they grow. Balancing the needs and wants of everyone can be hard. Learn and share tips and tricks for getting the most out of your family budget.

A drop-in information session will run from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stop by and access our range of free financial literacy resources and find out about the financial products and services that are available to you.

Everything from basic budgeting to financial planning will be covered, including information on tax filing, tenancy issues, how to manage credit and deal with debt. Find out if you are making the most of your savings options, get the low down on TFSA’s, RESP’s, RDSP’s, RRSP’s and much more.

A goal setting and money management workshop for youth will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tips and tricks for managing your money and getting ready for financial independence. Learn about how to use credit wisely and how to avoid taking on too much debt, too soon. Are you getting ready to start your first job or thinking about further education? Learn the art of balancing your needs and wants, to help you reach your goals.

The Budget for Life Your Way: Financial Empowerment for everyone workshop, will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

You will learn about different money management techniques, strategies for goal setting, saving and financial planning. The basics of credit and debt management will be covered, with strategies for reducing debt. A small change in spending habits can make a big change to your financial future.

The workshops are also being supported by the Women’s Contact Society and Investor’s Group. You can sign up for the webinar and workshops at the library. Contact if you want more information about this free community event.

Kirsten Stark is the community outreach worker with Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy.