Community financial worker puts $1.8 million back into pockets


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By Sean Ledwich, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Cory Derrett did the math—a whopping $1.89 million he helped put back into people's pockets through 516 free tax return preparations in the West End over the past 15 months.
Derrett, the financial empowerment coordinator at Thrive Community Support Circle, is trained and funded by SEED Winnipeg (SEED) to provide tax return preparation, birth certificate applications, benefits advocacy and money management training, all at no cost to clients.
"Cory is basically the success story," says Millie Acuna, manager of asset building programs at SEED.
"He's wonderful and passionate about the work."
SEED and Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS) have over 100 partner agencies offering free financial services across Manitoba. Agencies choose to have SEED or CFCS provide services to their clients, or they can have their staff trained to do the work onsite themselves.
In 2020, as a response to COVID-19, SEED worked with CFCS and the Community Unemployment Help Centre to set up the Community Financial Helpline—a one-stop portal for Manitobans in need of financial services. Since then the Immigration & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba joined the team. Hundreds of people have been helped with questions about benefits like CERB and EIA or guided to places like Thrive or the West Central Women's Resource Centre where they can be apply for a birth certificate at no charge.
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