Financial Literacy Advocate?

I (Cathy ) have met many literacy specialists, but never a  financial literacy advocate- until I met Shannon Lee Simmons. Her delightful sense of humor, bubbly personality, and brilliant financial mind make an intriguing combination.  Shannon is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), media personality, personal finance expert, and financial literacy advocate. She was named one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30. Her passion: helping everyday people survive the new economic climate through personal finance, ethical investing and small business advice.

I explored her New School of FinanceTM   which is a collection of very practical and realistic on-line courses regarding every day finances. And the advice is excellent!  She truly makes finances understandable and interesting.  The list of her courses illustrates her quirky sense of humor and reveals her target audience- the millennials:

Can You Afford to Buy a Home?                                                                                                                            Sole Prop School                                                                                                                                              Budgeting with Your Boo                                                                                                                                        Don’t Get Effed at Tax Time                                                                                                                                    Baby Proofing Your Finances                                                                                                                                Track that Shiz                                                                                                                                                    GST/HST- The Good,  The Bad + The Ugly

I am fascinated by Shannon’s savy use of technology (she is wild about social media, especially Twitter) and how well she understands her market.  I suspect this very up-and-coming entrepreneur will do very well for herself and could probably give lessons to financial literacy teachers on how to engage an audience.  Check out her web site and view some of her videos.  You will know exactly what I mean.


Shannon Lee Simmons:  Financial literacy advocate


About Dr. Cathy Miyata

Cathy Miyata is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also an acclaimed storyteller and writer. She has performed and lectured in Serbia, Japan, Malaysia, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Mexico, the United States, Egypt, and across Canada

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