Free financial literacy courses in northeast B.C.

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The free course, developed by the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy, is designed to help participants with budgeting, taxes, managing debt and dealing with credit and banks. Fort St. John Literary Society Executive Director Jean McFadden says those are all things members of our community need help with.

"Money is a huge part of our lives, but many still need to learn the basics of how to manage it," she explains. "We can see that in the fact that consumer debt is at an all-time high in Canada. Financial literacy empowers people to not only avoid pitfalls like overwhelming debt, but reach their goals and dreams."

NPSCU CEO Mitchel Chilcott says supporting this cause only makes sense for the financial institution.

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"Our members entrust us with their savings and financial health every day," he argues. "This donation is a way of investing in the financial health, stability and prosperity of our communities."

The two-day course will take place in Hudson's Hope in the Pearkes Centre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 10 and 17, and in Fort St. John at the Literacy Society office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 17 and 24. The course will be offered in Fort Nelson in the spring. Pre-registration is required before November 12 for Fort St. John, and before November 5 for Hudson’s Hope, by emailing info@fsjliteracy.ca or calling 250-785-2110. Lunch will be provided in both locations.

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