Want to learn how to invest?

If you want to get started with investing or learn more about your investment portfolio, join me for an easy-to-understand session on March 25. I’m an investing instructor with 5 years of experience teaching at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and running private finance sessions. (Note that I do not sell or have any financial ties to any investing products.)

The quote “understand risk” is from the Nobel Prize winning economist William Sharpe. I think that understanding the risks of investing – and of not investing – is key to making good investing decisions that bring peace of mind. Find out more at my seminar!

When? Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 7-8pm

Watch the recording of Investing 101:


Hope you enjoy it!


TFSAs: What you need to know

Happy to announce that my first online seminar with the Toronto Public Library went well – at least my daughter and mother tell me so! It was recorded live on January 14, 2021 and you can access the recording (free) at the link below:


The Toronto Public Library is offering a range of free online personal finance seminars – check out the upcoming sessions here:


Happy 2021!


Free Personal Finance seminars at the Toronto Public Library

Our public library system in Toronto is a treasure. Not only are there incredible resources (books, DVDs, ebooks, etc.) to borrow, there are also many programs offered for free in a variety of areas. Did you know that the library has an entire series of Personal Finance talks? It’s been an honour to be part of this group and I enjoyed the 5 seminars that I gave at various library branches in 2019. For 2020, I have presented at two branches and I have two seminars coming up: one on TFSAs and one on Teaching Kids About Money.

For me, now that I am 55 and semi-retired, I want to be able to give back to my community. Sadly, the library system continues to deal with funding cutbacks. Starting in 2020, I am offering a free session to any library branch as a small way of giving back to an institution that gives Toronto residents so much: a quiet, comfortable, accessible and welcoming place for everyone to read, listen, learn and gather as a community.

As a long-time avid reader of hard copy and now ebooks, thank you to the Toronto Public Library for countless hours of reading and learning over the years!


Personal Finance series:


My upcoming seminars at the Toronto Public Library:

TFSAs: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 2-3pm at New Toronto Branch https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT442155&R=EVT442155

Teach Your Kids About Money: Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 2-3pm at Bloor-Gladstone Branch

My completed seminars in 2020 (they went great!):

TFSAs: Wednesday, January 22 from 6:30-7:30pm at Runnymede Branch https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT428799&R=EVT428799

TFSAs: Saturday, January 25 from 2-3pm at Northern District Branch https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT429165&R=EVT429165





Free financial literacy seminars

I’m excited to start working with the Toronto Public Library to offer free financial literacy seminars in Toronto this fall! I will have two sessions on “How to Teach Kids about Money” and three sessions on “Investing for Millennials.”

The dates and times at the Toronto Public Library branches are listed below. No need to register in advance, and admission is free:

Teaching Kids about Money: College & Shaw Branch: Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 6:30-7:30pm

Teaching Kids about Money: Humber Bay Branch: Saturday, November 2, 2019: 2-3pm

Investing for Millennials: Northern District Branch: Saturday, November 16, 2019: 2-3pm

Investing for Millennials: Toronto Reference Library: Monday, November 18, 2019: 7-8pm

Investing for Millennials: Jane & Dundas Branch: Saturday, November 23, 2019: 2-3pm

TPL Money

TPL Inv 2019

Sewing for Tatum

In my downtown Toronto community is a lovely family who is raising funds for life-changing surgery for their young daughter. My goal is to sew gift/wine bags as a fundraiser for them.

You can find out about Tatum and her family’s inspiring journey here: https://ca.gofundme.com/keep-tatum-on-her-feet

Why am I doing this? Two reasons – 1) I want to do something concrete to help Tatum, and 2) I think we should all try reusing items instead of buying throw-away items. In our household, all of our Christmas presents are wrapped in home-made fabric bags and I’ve been making these wine/gift bags for years to give away.

If you would like to order one of the wine/gift bags, they are $5 each, with every cent going to Tatum’s fund. I’m happy to make as many as possible – until I run out of fabric! The bags are wider than a typical wine bag so they can be used for other presents as well. They will have either a crocheted tie or a fabric tie.


Two pickup/delivery options: If you are in Toronto, you can pick up from my home. For mail orders within Canada, please add $2 per bag and include your mailing address.

Order details:

Number of bags:

Colour choices: random or see picture

Pickup: from my porch (Riverdale, Toronto) or mail within Canada (add $2/bag)

Payment options: e-transfer or cash

email me to place order: tc@numeracybasics.com

Thank you!

(For those going to the Withrow School Silent Auction, I am donating a fabric Happy Birthday table runner (pic below) and a set of Happy Birthday gift bags)