Smart Cookies' seminar series promotes need for financial learning in high schools



    VANCOUVER, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - The British Columbia Securities Commission is
pleased to announce a new educational seminar program targeted at B.C. high
school students and teachers featuring the Smart Cookies, five women who
joined together to pull themselves out of debt through budgeting, wise
investing and honing their financial knowledge.
    The Smart Cookies, who are well-known television hosts on the W Network
and best selling authors, will speak at events in Richmond, Kelowna, Victoria
and Nanaimo in October and November. They will speak about the importance of
teaching financial life skills to young people in order to avoid the debt they
found themselves in before forming a money group that helped them take control
of their finances.
    "Learning about saving, budgeting and how to manage debt in high school
can help young people meet their life and educational goals," said Patricia
Bowles, BCSC director, communications and education. "The Smart Cookies
seminars are engaging presentations that demonstrate the relevance and
necessity of teaching financial life skills to young people, especially in
uncertain financial times."
    The Smart Cookies seminars will show how the BCSC's financial education
resource for grade 10 students and a new web-based resource, both called The
City, help young people understand financial concepts that they can use
throughout their lives.
    In September 2008, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) in
partnership with the BCSC launched The City, a free, web-based teacher
resource that engages youth by using an imaginative and interactive hands-on
approach to learning, providing practical real-life skills and making
financial concepts easy to understand. The City is available, in both English
and French, at www.themoneybelt.gc.ca.
    The City is based on a successful, award-winning teacher resource, The
City: Financial Life Skills for Planning 10. The BCSC developed the resource
for educators who teach the Planning 10: Finances course, which is mandatory
in B.C. high schools. The resource is used in all of B.C.'s school districts
and has been delivered to more than 1,400 teachers since it was introduced in
November 2004. British Columbia is one of two Canadian provinces that requires
the teaching of financial life skills in high school.

    The B.C. Securities Commission is the independent provincial government
agency responsible for regulating securities trading in the province. If you
have questions, contact Ken Gracey, Media Relations, 604-899-6577.

    Learn how to avoid investment fraud at the BCSC's investor education
website: www.investright.org.





For further information:

For further information: Ken Gracey, (604) 899-6577 or (B.C. & Alberta)
1-800-373-6393


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