An empowering step women can take is to invest time in learning more about the complex and sometimes confusing world of financial matters. Regardless of income level every woman can benefit from more knowledge about her options and what financial services and programs are available.
To support women in this learning process, Habondia’s Community WISH Project has teamed up with Peggy DeVries, a certified financial planner, to deliver free seminars geared to mature women on financial and estate planning. These participant-directed seminars, designed to answer the questions participants bring, are an opportunity for women to gain more understanding.
Topics in the past have included information about the differences between RRSPs, TFSAs, RDSPs, and RRIFs; determining financial needs after retirement; various types of insurance; planning ahead in the event of widowhood; government programs available to low-income and senior women; steps to creating a financial plan; and other questions as asked by the participants.
Join Habondia at one of the pre-planned free seminars as follows:
• Tuesday, September 20, 7 p.m., Slocan Park Hall, 3036 Hwy 6, Slocan Park
• Tuesday, September 27, noon, Castlegar and District Public Library, 105 3rd Street.
• Thursday, September 29, noon, Nelson Seniors Coordinating Society Branch 51, Drop-In Centre, 717 Vernon Street.
• Tuesday, October 4, 10 a.m., Salmo Community Services Centre, 311 Railway, Salmo.
Free presentation to private groups of women in area communities is also available by pre-arrangement. Contact the WISH office at 250-352-6688 to arrange dates, times and locations.
Circle of Habondia Lending Society, a registered BC non-profit society, has been supporting the financial empowerment of women in the West Kootenay area since 1998.