Every day local families living in poverty are faced with tough decisions like having to choose between paying the rent, keeping the lights on, or buying groceries. Meeting basic necessities is often challenging enough; however, many struggle to manage limited finances to escape poverty and build a brighter future.
Financial literacy is a major driver in creating pathways out of poverty. It’s about making the best decisions to manage resources and building the skills that are essential in creating a life of independence and financial stability.
Moderated by 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, panellists will provide different perspectives into how United Way and its strategic partners are helping people gain the skills they need to reach their full potential. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience.
Councillor Aaron Paquette
Aaron Paquette serves as Councillor to Ward 4, in northeast Edmonton. As a councillor, he works extensively with End Poverty Edmonton and sits on Edmonton’s Literacy Initiative, Multiculturalism Initiative and the Child-Friendly Initiative. Prior to his election, Aaron worked as an award-winning Indigenous artist and author.
After struggling with low self-esteem and financial insecurity, Nicole enrolled in United Way’s financial education program, Empower U. The help that she received was so transformative she decided to become an Empower U facilitator herself. Now, she is helping others gain control over their finances and their futures.
Chris Rattray is District Vice President with TD Commercial Banking in South Edmonton. Chris was a founding member, and now chairs, the Financial Pathways Collaborative. The Financial Pathways Collaborative is an initiative among seven financial institutions in Edmonton as well as E4C, the City of Edmonton, and the United Way, which focuses on Financial Literacy in the Greater Edmonton area.
Joanne has worked to serve vulnerable families and youth in the human service sector for over 25 years. As a Director of Strategic Initiatives on the Community Building Investment team at United Way, she works with a variety of agencies and initiatives dedicated to issues related to financial empowerment, food and housing security, and employability.