Astrid Heyerdahl, Curator of the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art and Executive Director of the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists, addresses participants of an afternoon event held by CFUW North Vancouver at the gallery on May 12, to raise funds for a scholarship to the Artists for Kids program. The event consisted of a tea and talk about the gallery’s current exhibition of Chinese-Canadian multimedia artist Gu Xiong’s work, followed by a guided tour of the exhibition. Event proceeds will fund a scholarship enabling a talented North Vancouver secondary school student to attend a five-day camp led by distinguished Canadian artists at the Paradise Valley Summer School of Art near Squamish, BC.
Both CFUW North Vancouver and CFUW West Vancouver have been successful in their applications for a BC Community Gaming Grant this year. The monies are used to provide educational awards.
Pictured below CFUW North Vancouver executive members receiving their club cheque from MLA Jane Thornthwaite at a recent club meeting.
CFUW North Vancouver and CFUW West Vancouver click here for the poster.
Session 2 FOCUS ON YOUR FUTURE
Financial Well Being
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Summerhill, 135 West 15th Street, NV.
Women, Money and Financial Wellness
Women are taking increasing financial control of Canada’s resources as business owners, income earners and investors. Women initiate 50% of businesses in Canada and we have the largest percentage of female business owners in the industrialized world. Currently, women own 50% of Canada’s assets and it is estimated that by 2019, women will control 70% of this country’s assets! Author Tom Peters labelled this trend, a “demographic tsunami”.
And yet, the financial services industry continues to ignore the obvious fact that women need a different approach at all stages of financial servicing because:
- our life circumstances are different
- we think differently about money
- we learn in specific ways
- we communicate differently
In this lively discussion of women, money and financial wellness we looked at the research and our own experiences to create a template for financial wellness that is both inspiring and practical.
Prior to co-founding Sophia Financial Group in 2009, Tracy gained valuable international experience with Smith Barney, a US brokerage firm. Tracy’s has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She is a Certified Financial Planner, is insurance licensed and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. She is also a Financial Divorce Specialist. Before becoming a financial advisor Tracy spent 10 years in management with an international play equipment company. She founded, then sold, a specialty children’s furnishing company based in the US. Tracy was recently nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction award for Education and the Association for Women in Finance award for Excellence in Business.
Do you know the facts and the statistics on child poverty in Canada?
Our excellent panel offered an eye opening look at the realities of the 16% of children in British Columbia who live below the poverty line. We learned that their health, especially from pre-natal through six (6) years of age, their learning/education and their poverty dictate the path these children will walk down throughout their lives. Their early years affect their brains and bodies biologically, emotionally, physically and psychologically all of which affect their capacity to learn, work and get along with others.
The panel of advocates on October 11th were:
- Dr. Carol Matusicky is a community activist and recently retired Executive Director of the BC Council for Families . She provided an overview of families living in poverty. Did you know that in Vancouver, to support a family, it takes two people working full time for a minimum wage each of $19.14 per hour!
- Pippa Rowcliffe from the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC talked about advances in research on the brain development of young children.
- Sharon Gregson from the Coalition on Child Care Advocacy. Sharon works with advocacy groups at the local and national levels from the point of view of child care. She is deeply involved in advocacy work the $10 a Day Child Care though the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning in BC . More information at: www.ecebc.ca
On July 15th,2012, North and West Vancouver members attended a reception for Jill Allen at the Deep Cove Art Gallery. Jill presented her work and discussed it with members. Audrey wrote up her interview with Ms Allen.
Members of the Bountiful Roundtable Committee included members of concerned women’s groups, among them, CFUW.
Maureen Johnston (CFUW North Vancouver) and Gwen Smith (UWC Vancouver) chaired the meetings and have issued a press release —- read more ….