March 5, 2020

International Women’s Day event at McNally encourages ladies
to ‘Bank on Themselves’

Winnipeg –
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Manitoba Financial Services Agency (MFSA) is holding a free, financial literacy event at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Authors Ardelle Harrison and Leslie McCormick will share money management wisdom from their new book, “Bank on Yourself: Why Every Woman Should Plan Financially to Be Single, Even If She's Not” followed by a Q&A session.

The event is sponsored by the Agency’s MoneySmart Manitoba financial education initiative.

“International Women's Day recognizes and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” says Ainsley Cunningham, the MFSA’s Manager, Education and creator of the MoneySmart program. “I’ve always felt strongly that financial literacy leads to financial empowerment. To me, it couldn’t be more fitting to have two female financial experts speaking to women on issues specific to women and managing their money.”

Cunningham cites strong community partnership as a key to the event’s success.

“We are fortunate to have 680 CJOB Radio on board with Richard Cloutier and Julie Buckingham as hosts,” says Cunningham. “And we’re very excited to welcome several special guests from Career Trek’s ‘M Program’.”

Career Trek is a not-for-profit that provides education and career development programming for young people. The M Program assists young mothers, currently attending high school, develop the confidence, employability skills, education, and career goals to build a better life for themselves and their families. Part of the M Program focuses on financial literacy topics such as budgeting and saving for their own and their child’s post-secondary education.

“Being a part of this on International Women’s Day is a great fit,” says Yvanne Dandan – Career Trek, Program Manager, Youth Initiatives. “Women helping women to learn more about achieving financial independence and managing money—that’s certainly something worth celebrating.”

MoneySmart Manitoba presents an International Women’s Day Financial Literacy Event at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park Shopping Centre, Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 2 to 3 p.m., Register to reserve your seat

Manitobans are invited to learn more about money matters today at, follow the Facebook page, on Twitter @MoneySmartMB, or on YouTube. is a project of The Manitoba Financial Services Agency, which through its two divisions, regulates securities, real estate, cooperatives, credit unions, and insurance in the province. Improving financial literacy for Manitobans is part of its mission.

The MFSA includes The Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) and Financial Institutions Regulation Branch (FIRB), is a Special Operating Agency of the Government of Manitoba.

Career Trek is an award-winning not-for-profit organization that provides education and career development programming for young people in realistic settings. Participants are engaged in hands-on learning experiences that are designed to ignite their passion, grow their confidence and increase their understanding of the important role that education and career planning can play in their lives. 

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