Warawa congratulates Langley teacher on receiving award for dedication to student financial literacy

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MP Mark Warawa and Brookswood Secondary Teacher Lela Leslie at the Canadian Business Association Awards ceremony on Monday night.

Ottawa, ON – Langley Member of Parliament Mark Warawa congratulates Brookswood Secondary teacher Lela Leslie on being recognized for her dedication to improving the financial literacy of area students by the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) at an awards ceremony in Ottawa Monday night.

“I would like to congratulate Lela Leslie for her great work with students and her commitment to ensuring that basic financial and money management skills are taught to our youth in Langley,” said Warawa.  “I would also like to commend the local bankers who volunteer their time to bring financial literacy to life for students.  Financial literacy and money management are important skills for our young people to have as they finish high school and begin building their own financial futures.”

Mrs. Leslie was one of five teachers from across the country to receive the award for hosting the CBA’s Your Money Students program at Brookswood Secondary School for nine years.

Your Money Students is a free in-class seminar delivered by bankers in communities across the country who volunteer their time to bring financial literacy to the classroom.  The seminars are non-commercial and introduce key financial concepts such as budgeting, saving and using credit wisely. Your Money Students was developed by the Canadian Bankers Association in partnership with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and, to date, has been presented to more than 225,000 students across Canada.

“Our Your Money Students seminar program has been successful for two main reasons: because of our bankers who volunteer their time to take the basics of financial literacy to local high schools, and because of the teachers who realize the importance of financial literacy and invite us into their classrooms,” said Terry Campbell, president of the Canadian Bankers Association.  “I was extremely pleased to present awards to some of the program’s top teachers and bankers Monday night.”

Since coming into office, our Government has introduces a number of key initiatives to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians. Such initiatives include the establishment of Canada’s Task Force on Financial Literacy in 2009, the passage into law of the Financial Literacy Leader Act in 2013, and the ongoing development of a national strategy on financial literacy, which will be published later this year. For more information on financial literacy, please go to www.fcac-acfc.gc.ca.  

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