Educational Workshops
Financial topics presented in a fun and interactive environment.

Debt Education, Budgeting & Credit Webinars | Workshops

The Credit Counselling Society is committed to helping Canadians improve their money management skills and learn how to use credit wisely.

Our education team serves communities in Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario through:

  • In-person workshops
  • Webinars (online workshops)
  • Train the trainer sessions
  • Information sessions for groups who want to know how our services and programs can help their clients

The Credit Counselling Society's Education Team

Get to know the members of our education team before your first workshop. Email links are included below if you want to reach out and ask a specific question about your upcoming workshop or webinar topic. All our team members are professionally trained, very knowledgeable, and eager to answer any questions or concerns you may have about personal finances so don't hesitate to ask.

Lisa Rogers, Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society

Lisa Rogers 

Lisa has been a Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society in British Columbia since 2014. She obtained her Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia and uses her passion for financial literacy and education background to work extensively with parents, teachers, and students to improve the financial literacy skills of young people. Lisa is a regular presenter at teacher professional development conferences and in classrooms as a subject matter expert. Email Lisa.

Catherine Lopez, Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society

Catherine Lopez 

Catherine is a BC based Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society and has been with the organization since 2014. During this time, she has facilitated over 100 financial literacy workshops and webinars for a variety of businesses and organizations. Catherine strongly believes in CCS’ mission statement, "We Help, We Educate, We Give Hope" and is passionate about developing meaningful relationships with those in her community. She has over 10 years of experience in customer service, training, and management. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts degree and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Counselling & Human Development through Simon Fraser University. Email Catherine.

Sheilagh Cahill, Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society

Sheilagh Cahill 

As a Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society (CCS) in BC, Sheilagh helps increase financial literacy for the financial sector (banks & credit unions), community organizations, employers and unions throughout the province. She enjoys building partnerships and likes expanding awareness about the workshops, programs, and services offered by CCS. Sheilagh has over 10 years’ experience in business development, project management, and producing television. She earned a Certificate in Entertainment Administration from the University of BC and a Diploma in Business Management from Capilano University. She is currently completing her CEPF (Certified Educator in Personal Finance). Email Sheilagh.

Manraj Waraich, Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society in Edmonton

Manraj Waraich 

Manraj is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for Edmonton. She has over 7 years of experience in community work including 3 years with the Credit Counselling Society. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree through the University of Alberta’s School of Business. She completed her Certified Educator in Personal Finance Designation in August 2017. Manraj is passionate about inspiring others to better themselves and reach their full potential. She enjoys building connections throughout the community while making a meaningful impact. Email Manraj.

Mark Kalinowski, Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society in Calgary, Alberta

Mark Kalinowski 

Mark is our Financial Educator in Southern Alberta. Prior to moving into this role, Mark spent 5 years helping individuals find solutions to their money problems as an Accredited Credit Counsellor. Having also worked for two banks, he offers practical advice and real life examples. In addition to his work experience, he has completed many financial courses including the Life Licensing Exam, Insolvency Counsellor Qualifying Course, Canadian Securities, and Investment Funds in Canada Course. Email Mark.

Tim St. Vincent is the Credit Counselling Society's Financial Educator in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Tim St. Vincent 

Tim is our Financial Educator for Manitoba and Saskatchewan and is based out of Winnipeg. He has obtained his CEPF (Certified Educator in Personal Finance) designation and has over 20 years combined experience in Financial Services, Customer Service and Training. Tim is a retired Certified Financial Planner (CFP), has also completed the Canadian Securities Course (Hons.), and has his Certificate In Management (CIM) through the University of Manitoba. Tim believes strongly in the power of education, planning, and acting on your plan. Email Tim.

Anne Arbour is the Credit Counselling Society's financial educator in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Anne Arbour 

Anne is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for the Greater Toronto Area. Anne brings over 25 years of experience in financial services and facilitation to this role, along with a passion to promote financial literacy in her community and to building strong working relationships and partnerships. Anne holds an MBA from York University - Schulich School of Business, and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF). Email Anne

Gary Rusyn is the Credit Counselling Society's financial educator in Ottawa.

Gary Rusyn 

Gary is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for Ottawa. He has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry, as well as teaching high school in Montreal. Gary is also fluently bilingual in English and French. Gary is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance. Email Gary

Gary est un éducateur financier pour Credit Counselling Society pour Ottawa. Avec plus de 10 ans d'expérience dans le secteur financier, ainsi que l'enseignement secondaire à Montréal. Gary peut communiquer efficacement dans les deux langues officielles. Email Gary

Amanda Martin is the Credit Counselling Society's financial educator in Hamilton, Ontario.

Amanda Martin 

Amanda Martin is the Financial Educator for the Hamilton and surrounding area. She has over 7 years’ experience in the financial services industry and over a decade working in counselling and fundraising for non-profit organizations. Amanda is passionate about building strong community relationships, giving back, and inspiring others to live their best life. Email Amanda

Stacy Yanchuk Oleksy is the Credit Counselling Society's Director of Education and Community Awareness.

Stacy Yanchuk Oleksy 

Stacy is the Director of Education and Community Awareness at the Credit Counselling Society. She has a Master’s degree in Family Ecology, is a certified Coach and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance. Stacy is a passionate and dynamic speaker and facilitator and has over 15 years’ experience in program development, adult education and leadership. She has presented at various conferences and has served on expert panels at the Pension & Benefits Summit, University of British Columbia and Carleton University. She has published articles in Canadian Living, Vanier Institute for the Family, My Money Coach, and Amik, and has been interviewed by CBC Radio, Global National, and the Toronto Star. Stacy has co-written two workbooks – "Making Cent$ of Money" and "Money Management Basics – 7 Steps That Will Help You Build a Budget That Works," and has developed personal finance curriculum for various workshops and webinars. Stacy serves on the Credit Counselling Canada Education Committee. Email Stacy

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