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Raymond James sponsored Financial Literacy Concerts that 'Rocked' Victoria, Kelowna and Edmonton!

Raymond James Ltd. branches in Victoria, Kelowna and Edmonton sponsored performances by the Financial Literacy Rocks Tour, a Funding the Future presentation with the band GOODING!

At Raymond James we believe that the foundation for financial literacy should start at a young age, the Financial Literacy Rocks Concert makes a significant impact on students in a fun and interactive way. The FinLit Tour used the power of a live rock performance by the GOODING Band, and their own personal story to inspire more than 2000 Canadian students with lessons about finance and discipline to help them see their own dreams are possible!

"Working on planning the Financial Literacy Tour for Western Canada was the highlight of my year so far! Funding the Future and GOODING were fantastic to work with – very professional and genuinely great people," said Andrea Roworth of the Raymond James Victoria Branch. "… The kids are engaged, asking questions and wanting to know more. This is truly such a unique experience and one that I was very happy to help Raymond James be part of as financial literacy is such a vitally important topic for the youth of today."

Brendan Willis, Senior Vice-President, Private Client Group, Financial Advisor and Branch Manager in Kelowna said, "GOODING did a great job entertaining and enter-training the students of Rutland Senior Secondary on Financial Literacy. There has been a lot of positive feedback from students, teachers, guests and media that would support the idea of taking this to a larger scale next year."

Thanks to our Victoria, Kelowna and Edmonton branches, this is the first time these performances have come to Canada. Four shows were held in three cities in three days! These exciting concert-multimedia presentation and talkback sessions aim not only to entertain students but also to educate them to help raise the level of financial literacy in Canada's youth. There was great feedback from the students, and 100% of respondents to the Event Survey would "Highly Recommend" a colleague or another school to participate in the Financial Literacy Tour!

Raymond James sponsored Financial Literacy Concerts that 'Rocked' Victoria, Kelowna and Edmonton!

Ken Wlos, Vice Principal, Salisbury Composite High School, Sherwood park, AB said. "Excellent source of information on financial planning that was curriculum and age specific that engaged our students to think about their future!"

GOODING, together with Funding the Future, a non-profit organization, and the sponsorship from Raymond James Ltd., gave performances in:

Other great coverage of the events included articles by The Zela Wela Kids a Financial Life Skills Blog and Wealth Professional. Check out #RJLFTOUR on twitter, too!

Financial Literacy Rocks with Gooding explains:

  • The pitfalls of predatory lending
  • How to create a financial saving and investment game plan
  • The overnight success is a myth
  • How to manage expenses
  • Lessons learned from a Rock Band Life

The non-profit organization Funding the Future knows that the path to success starts with:

  • Following your passion
  • Being self-reliant
  • Education taht includes mentors
  • Financial Literacy

Rita Pouppirt, Executive Director, Funding the Future, said "After just one short year of operation, Funding the Future is thrilled to partner with Raymond James Ltd. for our first ever international tour! We believe that financial literacy and personal finance are global priorities. Thank you to Raymond James Ltd. for the opportunity to 'make smart sexy again' in Canada."

Raymond James Ltd. is proud to have been part of the Financial Literacy Rocks Concert tour in Canada.