Financial whiz creates bursary
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 22, 2022 - Get Involved

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Financial literacy has never been more important than it is in these days of high inflation.

One Okanagan College grad is doing her part to help—in more ways than one.

Erum Ahmad graduated only last year from the college, but she helped to create a bursary that she presented to Clarence Fulton Secondary School student Taia Buffie during graduation ceremonies in Vernon last weekend.

Ahmad, who graduated from OC with a bachelor of business administration in accounting, has also been teaching students at Clarence Fulton about managing money. It all comes from her experiences as a high school student.

“When I was in Grade 10, I realized there were no classes to help me learn about finances,” Ahmad said in a press release. “I needed more than an introduction to budgeting, so I decided to take a course in basic accounting.”

She had to take that course remotely, but it set her on a path to understanding financial literacy.

“Students need to have money in order to be smart with their funds,” she said. “There are many transitions taking place as you move from high school to living on your own, balancing work and college life. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to teach that to students and allow them to manage their own money. I wanted to give them the education as well as the funds to apply what they have learned.”

Ahmad will attempt to attain her Chartered Professional Accounting certification in September while continuing to educate today’s youth about managing their money.

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