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On behalf of the Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA) we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our most recent graduates of the Accelerated stream of the Family Self-Sufficiency program. The graduation ceremony was held in September to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of program participants.

These participants worked hard over the 12 month program, diligently focusing on their finances, budgeting, and debt reduction strategies as well as their savings goals! This Accelerated Program had a matched savings component, generously funded by Vancity. Each participant could save up to 40 dollars a month throughout the program, provided they met the overall program goals. Upon successful completion of the program, this money was then matched at a rate of 2.5 times.

Matched dollar cheques were presented to participants at the Graduation Ceremony by Sean Ray from Vancity. Sean also helped participants set up Vancity accounts and walked them through getting their credit reports, making them feel very welcome as new members at Vancity and comfortable with the banking world.

Roger Butcher and Trish Irish, with BC Housing, were also present to celebrate the hard work of participants. BC housing is one of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program’s founding funders and project partners.

Support for the Graduation Ceremony generously provided by: Fish Hair Salon, Norah Coghill, Victoria Vintage China Rentals, Theresa James-Bates, and staff at RBC Uptown.

Once again congratulations to all of our hard working Graduates.

A new Accelerated Program is starting NOW so if you are a low-income family with a real desire to work on your finances we may have a spot for you! Contact Colleen, Heather or Linda at 250-388-5251 for more information!

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is an asset building and financial literacy skill development program for families with low incomes. FSS supports families to increase their financial literacy skills, build financial assets and manage long-term goals. To find out more about this program please call us at 250-388-5251.