Bruce Groberman, Director of Financial Education, had a vision and saw a gap in the current education system. North Point School was pioneering a new way of educating boys. The match between the two was inevitable. Read on to learn about how the Financial Academy and the Boys in Business Fair have become and will continue to be a leading edge financial literacy program. Thanks Mr. Groberman for your drive and energy!
1. Which 5R resonates with you the most and why?
That’s a tough question since all 5R, “Respectful, Resourceful, Resilient, Relentless and Responsible” are huge character builders. I would have to say that Relentless is the quality that most defines me. That’s because I have had chronic health issues almost my entire life, starting with ulcerative colitis at age 11. All through school and my working life I have needed to be relentless in my pursuits even when sickness sidelined me for months at a time.
2. What has been your proudest moment working at North Point and why?
Another tough question because there has been so many proud moments for me at North Point. Every time our students show enthusiasm for Financial Academy or pass another money management course or participate in the Business Fair, I’m proud as heck. Perhaps I was most proud when Brent and Kim recognized the benefits of being the first K-9 school with a Financial Academy and Business Fair.
3. You are passionate about making the Financial Academy renowned in Canada. Tell us about your background and how it makes you equipped to succeed at this goal.
Previous to joining North Point I was a financial adviser for 20 years. To be a successful as an adviser you have to give a lot of seminar presentations. Often you will have new investors in the audience who are just starting to learn finance themselves. This led me to 2 very important conclusions. First, that financial education for school age children is critically important and second, these same presentation skills could also be used as part of money management program.
4. You are surrounded by boys – three sons, three grandsons. How has this helped you work with the NP boys?
Experience, lots and lots of experience. My sons were quite successful financially at a young age. I work with NP students in exactly the same manner that I taught my own kids.
5. What about you would surprise us the most?
That’s an easy question. I’m 65 years old – that’s not the surprise! At 57, even though I had osteoarthritis in both knees, I decided it would be fun to learn how to play hockey. That was one of my best decisions ever.
/// NEXT MONTH – We get to know Mr. Jackson – Business Manager extraordinaire!