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October 2, 2018

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    Topic: Beyond One Day at a Time: Planning for the Lifetime of a Person with Special Needs

    Speaker: Debbie Niemann & Kacy Seitz, Northwestern Mutual

    Kacy and Debbie both have daughters with special needs. This workshop will education individuals with a special needs child/adult on how to prepare for two generations of financial security. The workshop will show attendees how to build a team and cover the key aspects to a special needs plan.

    Please bring your questions.

    Location: Grace United Church of Read More

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    Here are the top things you need to know:

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    The production draws on moments from everyday life to show that no family is safe from addiction, director Brad Slavik said in an interview.

    “These Read More

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