____Posted THursday February 16, 2017 ____



CPA Canada's Joy Thomas Appointed to National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy

Toronto - Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) will continue to play an active role in the implementation of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy—Count Me In, Canada.

Joy Thomas, president and CEO, CPA Canada, is one of the individuals officially appointed today to the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy. These new members will build on the work of the first committee, whose two-year mandate recently expired. CPA Canada welcomes the opportunity to maintain its representation and support the committee.

"I look forward to working cooperatively with a group of dedicated and experienced individuals under the leadership of Jane Rooney, Canada's financial literacy leader," says Thomas. "It is an honour be representing Canada's accounting profession in the national effort to help Canadians become better money managers. Financial literacy is an issue that is important to CPA Canada and one I'm personally passionate about."

The steering committee will be leading initiatives and actions that help bring about incremental, but positive change, relating to the financial literacy of Canadians. The goals include empowering Canadians to manage money and debt wisely, plan and save for the future and to prevent and protect against fraud and financial abuse.

"CPA Canada and the profession are actively engaged in helping Canadians gain the knowledge required to allow them to make informed financial decisions," explains Thomas. "More than 11,000 of our members are trained and ready to deliver volunteer financial literacy sessions to people of all ages and needs across the country. We also produce practical publications and have financial literacy information on our website."

Thomas adds that Canadians working together can make a difference. "If individuals and families are to truly become more financially literate, then gaining knowledge is essential. Our profession embraces the opportunity to advance the goals of the national financial literacy strategy."

CPA Canada's program is internationally recognized winning several prestigious Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Awards.

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