Growing up, my family approached finances in a traditional way. My father took care of matters relating to money, while my mother focussed her attention on the children. When my father passed away suddenly, my mother was left with the burden of managing the family finances on her own with very little knowledge or experience. Her strength and desire to learn how to manage independently inspired me and was a priceless lesson to me on the importance of patience and persistence.
This past winter, I was reminded of this lesson when I was asked to act as a volunteer coach to an all‑girls house league soccer team. It has been an exceptionally rewarding experience helping these young girls develop skills and achieve goals they didn’t think were possible. When you apply hard work with the right attitude and a desire to learn, wonderful things can happen. I hope they will use the lessons they have learned these past few months in all areas of their lives going forward.
It is vitally important to teach the younger generation the virtues of starting to invest in themselves from an early age. In the following article, Leanne Kaufman, President and CEO of Royal Trust, highlights the benefits of setting up the next generation of young female leaders for long-term success.