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Financial Literacy Month 2017: November Workshop

By: Alex Nikotina

Published On: October 14, 2017

Did you know that November is a Financial Literacy Month? This year is the seventh year of Financial Literacy Month (FML) in Canada, and Ashton College is excited to take part in FML 2017 initiatives.

Financial Literacy Workshop

Join us on November 8 from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PST at Ashton College Vancouver campus and take advantage of financial tips from Steve Fooks!

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What is Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month has been recognized in Canada every November for the past 7 years. It is the time when organizations across Canada from private, public and nonprofit sectors are focusing on teaching others how to have a clear understanding of finances, manage and save money, and strive towards financial independence and stability.

In Canada, financial literacy events are coordinated by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). Since April 2014, Jane Rooney has been acting as the Financial Literacy Leader for the FCAC, with the goal to “provide national leadership on financial literacy and strengthen the financial knowledge, skills and confidence of Canadians”.

Importance of Financial Literacy

This year’s FML theme is “Take charge of your finances: It pays to know!” It encourages Canadians to take charge of their financial situation by managing their money and debt, budgeting, planning their savings and understanding their financial rights and responsibilities.

It is not surprising that financial literacy has become such an important topic in Canada and North America. As the amount of debt in our society has gone far beyond manageable for most individuals, talking about financial literacy has become not only desirable, but necessary, and even essential.

As Steve Fooks, a Certified Executive Coach and a Financial Services instructor at Ashton College, puts it: “For all of us, it is very easy to get in debt and start spending money that we don’t have, with no plan of financial return. This is why financial literacy is so important. Financial planning helps people not only plan for their future, but also to save up for their past.”

Steve is a big supporter of a debt-free lifestyle. As he points out, understanding one’s financial situation can helps individuals evaluate where they are at, plan for the future and make payments on the past debts. Without the foundations of wealth management, it can be quite difficult for people to make good financial decisions or to reach their short- and long-term goals.

What’s Next?

In light of this year’s FLM, Ashton College is hosting a Financial Literacy Workshop with Steve Fooks. “The goal of the event is to help people understand the value that financial knowledge can bring into their lives,” shares Steve. Throughout the event, you will get valuable tips on various aspects of budgeting, saving, money management, strategic investments and effective risk management.

With over 20 years of experience in financial advising, training, management and sales, Steve is committed to developing individuals and helping them meet their financial goals and needs. Steve holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and is a Certified Executive Coach.


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