Message from our President and CEO

Message from our President and CEO


November 23, 2023 –Financial Literacy Month is in full swing, and it’s been an exciting time filled with special programs and even an acknowledgement on both CBC TV and CBC radio!  Throughout this month, we’re highlighting the importance of financial health, and I take immense pride in our community efforts dedicated to fostering a financially capable generation.

Here are some of the great things we have going on:

Financial Literacy Programs

November 17– In collaboration with British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) and their dedicated volunteers, we hosted 36 Indigenous learners from the Sooke and Saanich School Districts at BCI’s head office in downtown Victoria for a day of learning that focused on spending, saving, budgeting and investing. More to come on this later!

November 23– Just this morning, we hosted a very informative financial services themed World of Choices program.

November 30– Educators can enrol in our Personal Budgeting Module.

On Demand– Educators can also enrol in the Introduction to Investing program.

Educator Conference

We were so pleased to be part of the Career Education Society (CES) Annual Fall Conference this week in Vancouver. The conference provides JABC with the opportunity to meet with educators and administrators from around B.C., provide valuable workshops, and showcase our programs.

I was the moderator for two very interesting workshops: The Future of Work and Knowing What Recruiters Look For. Check out our LinkedIn post for more information.

Also some other exciting announcements:

Inductees to the BLBC Hall of Fame

We’re thrilled to unveil the 2023 inductees for the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Anthony von Mandl, K. Barry Marsden (1939-2021), Karen Flavelle & Charles Flavelle, and Brian Hill. Learn more about these outstanding individuals.

2023-24 Board of Directors

I express my gratitude to the members who have stepped off the JA British Columbia Board of Directors: Shelina Esmail, Nicole Inglis, Christina Howton, Fred Withers, Ivan Wong and Janet Wood. An immense thank you for your dedicated service. Your contributions have left a lasting imprint on our organization, and we sincerely appreciate your dedication to giving back to the next generation.

I extend a warm welcome to the new members: Crystal Hung and Stephanie Van Eyk. We value your expertise and look forward to working with you.

And of course, I must acknowledge the dedicated members who continue to volunteer on the Board: Paul Geyer, Keith Spencer, Olin Anton, Sandy Chan, Steve Banick, Curtis Campbell, Robyn Chisholm, Michael Cole, Abi Coman-Walker, Omar Ladak, and Leslie Lee. We appreciate all you do for our organization!  View the JABC Board of Directors.


Thank you for your support!





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