Was your New Year’s resolution to get your finances back on track? Did you blow the budget over the holidays? You are not alone. In support, Launch Okanagan is partnering with Crowe MacKay to offer a free, eight-week condensed money management program for anyone wanting to better understand everyday financial matters.

“The Dollars and Sense program is suited for anyone that wants to improve their financial situation and learn strategies on how to manage their money more effectively,” says Jennifer Robins, executive director of Launch Okanagan.

Dave Gautier, managing partner of Crowe MacKay’s Kelowna office welcomes the partnership. “As trusted advisors in our community, we understand the value of financial education, and its power to change lives and build successful futures for individuals and families,” he says.

The course begins January 24 and covers budgeting, saving and investing, credit and debit management, consumerism, and your relationship with money. Classes run on Tuesday evenings on Zoom, and participation is open to any individual needing money management mentorship.

Experienced professionals teach the course, including certified financial planners, providing participants with the tools to build financial stability. Program accessibility for participants is a priority of Launch Okanagan. They do this by allowing registrants to sign-up anonymously, removing the stigma from money matters.

The feedback from former program participants illustrates the impact of the Dollars and Sense program. A recent program graduate said: “I have learned a lot over the past few weeks. I am so motivated and inspired that I have opened a long-term investment account. I am also working hard on my budgeting. Thanks to Launch Okanagan, I am gaining more confidence in managing my finances.”

With the current economic outlook, the rate of inflation and fear of a possible recession, there’s no better time to focus on finances and learn the tools to financial recovery. The next Dollars and Sense program begins on Jan. 24 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

To register, visit launchmyfuture.ca, or contact Launch Okanagan at info@launchokanagan.ca.