In the fall of 2017, a small group of volunteers got together and partnered with YWCA [email protected] to put on free finance workshops for women in Vancouver, BC.

We are motivated by the fact that financial literacy is an area that many people would like to improve and a study by Statistics Canada carried out in 2014 showed that Canadian women have lower levels of financial literacy and less confidence in their ability to manage their finances than Canadian men.  Since we also believe that women would feel more comfortable talking about money in a group composed of other women, we decided to hold the workshops for women only.

[email protected]’s goal is to help women achieve economic and employment sustainability. FAW is a free 12-week job search program for women that includes three weeks of skills enhancement workshops followed by nine weeks of one-to-one career coaching and group and peer support.   The program establishes a structured place for women to move out of an isolated job search to a place where they build connections, showcase their strengths, express their challenges and participate in a safe environment that fosters accountability, confidence and self-esteem. For more information about the [email protected] program please call 604-699-1788

Please keep in mind that the information offered in our workshops or other material is for educational purposes only and is not financial advice.


In response to the COVID pandemic, we held our workshops via Zoom from June 2020 to October 2021. We will continue the workshops via Zoom for our June 2022 series. We hope to see you soon in person! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Webinar for Women: Organizing your financial house – June 2022 Series

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Great job deciding to put your financial house in order! Though it is possible to live paycheck to paycheck, sometimes you’ll need to have money available for big, important purchases and life events. This personal finance workshop series is designed for women of all ages and stages and is led by a female financial advisor with over a decade of working with clients just like you. The series outlines helpful financial practices that layer and integrate the fundamentals of financial savvy to create a sense of financial wholeness and well-being. Attendees do not need any background in understanding finance.

**Session 1- June 1, 2022:

We explore ways to establish financial wellness:

– Money Decisions: The Psychology of Money

– Budgeting & Cash Flow

– Risk Management

**Session 2 – June 8, 2022:

We explore important money management basics, including:

– Saving

– Investing

– Credit

– Debt

**Session 3 – June 15, 2022:

We design a blueprint for your personal financial plan:

– Tax Planning: Deduct – Divide – Defer

– Estate Planning: A plan for the living

– Retirement Planning: Financial independence and income planning


You will leave this program with greater understanding in the following areas:

Knowing where you stand today, financially, and how to move forward.

Recognizing your spending habits.

– How to develop your personalized budget.

– How to set and accomplish your financial goals.

– How to increase your savings.

– How to start investing.

– Integrating your finances within the Canadian banking and credit systems.

– Why your credit history matters.

– How to build a good credit score.

– Different types of borrowing and associated costs.

– How to manage debt.

– The importance of starting your investing journey as early as possible.

– Investment terminology and the language of finance.

– Retirement planning; estate planning; and tax planning – and the impact that financial planning can make on your bank account and future independence.

Presenter: Paige Brettle B.A (Hons.), Certified Health Insurance Specialist, CHS

Paige Brettle is a fully licensed Associate Consultant for one of the largest Wealth Management Firms in Vancouver. She obtained her honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick, is a Certified Health Insurance Specialist, and is currently pursuing her Certified Financial Planner professional accreditation. Specializing in marketing and business development, she manages the brand development, public relations, and public speaking engagements for the practice. In accordance with building new clientele, she also assists the team in creating and delivering financial plans to existing clients. She has been a program volunteer for Junior Achievement of British Columbia since 2013 and is passionate to enhance the financial lives of all Canadians.