SEDI Financial Literacy Discussion participants from left to right: Evelyn Kielly (Eastern Health), Marlayne Janes (Citizens Voice), Penelope Rowe (Community Sector Council NL), Ed Sawdon (Citizens Voice), Natasha Bock (Youth Retention Strategy), David d’Entremont (Read to Ride Literacy), Patsy Whitten (Community Centre Alliance), Lorraine Best (Seniors Resource Centre) Linda Hickey (WISE) & Margaret Madden (WISE).
On November 4th Community Sector Council NL and Vibrant Communities - St. John’s hosted a financial literacy discussion facilitated by Managing Coordinator, Adam Fair of The Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI).
Invited members of the community services sector, financial literacy partners, and others interested in discussing financial literacy issues in St. John’s gathered in the Community Sector Council NL Boardroom located in Virginia Plaza. The purpose of the discussion was to provide an opportunity for SEDI to meet with local practitioners, funders and others to learn about what is happening in our region and what our future needs might be. Specifically, to explore issues around financial literacy such as:
• Challenges and opportunities in implementing financial literacy programs
- What are the capacity building and professional development priorities?
- Is there a role for SEDI in regional undertakings?
• To discuss what supports currently exist to support people with their finances
• To enhance regional financial literacy networks and explore links across regions
We received a wonderful turnout for the discussion and many new connections were made between existing financial literacy partners and those interested in advancing educational opportunities for their clients and in their communities.
Community Sector Council NL and Vibrant Communities - St. John’s would like to thank Adam Fair from SEDI for making the trip from Toronto and leading this discussion and thanks to all participants for the engaging dialogue. We are very excited about creating potentially new avenues to further educate our community about financial literacy and to continuing to our work in poverty reduction in St. John’s.
SEDI Financial Literacy Discussion participants from left to right: Penelope Rowe(Community Sector Council NL), Kerri Chambers (Stella Burry), Facilitator - Adam Fair (SEDI) & Al Antle (Credit and Debt Solutions)
The Community Sector Council NL received funding from SEDI and TD Financial for our MONEY program to increase capacity here and to offer train-the-trainer learning opportunities to community groups in partnership with our colleagues from Credit and Debt Solutions. Highlights of this training are being prepared for online use. We have had successful events in Marystown and St. John’s. Our next step: explore the potential for a telephone Help Line.