The Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) received a substantial amount of money from the new TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund.
“Out of the four recipient organizations in British Columbia, CCPL received $99,510 over two years,” says TD corporate and public affairs spokesman Jeff Meerman.
The CCPL got the funds to deliver new phases of existing financial literacy
programs for low-income people, Meerman says, adding it will be collaboratively developed with educational and service providers, businesses and First Nations and shared with the broader community.
“This is very positive reinforcement,” says CCPL executive director Shelly Joyner.
“TD is acknowledging the financial issues we have in rural communities.”
She adds literacy has a broader definition now. “It is not just reading and writing skills.”
Financial skills is part of the changing definition of literacy, Joyner says, adding learning how to communicate effectively by reading and writing, numeracy and computer use is part of CCLP’s programs.
How to handle money and budgeting, she notes, is often influenced by upbringing and past issues.
“This grant will provide all new financial literacy workshops, and we will keep the public informed as to when these workshops will take place.”
For more information on CCPL, call Joyner at 250-395-9303.