Last week was particularly notable for women’s history in Canada, both in a sense of remembrance and progress. First, we remembered the loss of 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. Though deeply sad, this is an important date in our nation’s history that our team remembers with respect, and hope for a future united against violence against women.
We were then heartened by exciting news about women and wealth on December 8th, when it was announced that Viola Desmond would be featured on the Canadian $10 bill starting in 2018. Desmond, a black rights activist who is best known for refusing to leave the “whites only” section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946, is often compared to American activist Rosa Parks for standing up against segregation and injustice. Desmond was criminally charged for her actions and fought the subsequent conviction, marking the first legal challenge against segregation made by a black woman in Canada. Unfortunately, her sentence was upheld, and a formal pardon was not issued until many years after her death. The recent announcement from The Bank of Canada was met with wide acclaim, representing both progress for women and the acknowledgement of a brave historical figure who stood against prejudice.
The promise to feature a woman on a Canadian bank note was first made back in March, on International Women’s Day, when PM Trudeau announced that, “the Bank of Canada is taking the first step by launching public consultations to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on this new bill.” Desmond was among five finalists chosen from thousands of names submitted by the public (461 of which met criteria).
We are so pleased to see that Viola Desmond will be featured on a Canadian bank note, and celebrate the well-deserved recognition of an inspiring, dignified individual. The Mailey Rogers Group has a longstanding dedication to working with women to provide financial guidance and mentorship. Victoria Rogers has been particularly dedicated to working with women to educate and empower them with regard to personal finance, emphasizing that almost every woman will be solely responsible for their own finances at some point in their lives. Also supporting our women’s initiative is Brie Fraser, a long time team member who has been awarded for her exceptional client service.
If you are interested in learning more about our work with women, please contact us – we’d love to tell you why this initiative means so much to us, and discover how our team can assist your family.