Woman killed in city street crash was ‘leader in financial planning’

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The woman killed in a collision with a vehicle fleeing Winnipeg police Monday was a long-time financial planner with a robust volunteer history and a goal of helping others.

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The woman killed in a collision with a vehicle fleeing Winnipeg police Monday was a long-time financial planner with a robust volunteer history and a goal of helping others.

Cynthia Duncan was driving west on Provencher Boulevard, near Nadeau Street, when her vehicle was struck by a suspect car speeding away from a traffic stop.

She was a financial planner with Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc. for 19 years, according to a profile on the LinkedIn platform.

Cynthia Duncan was driving west on Provencher Boulevard, near Nadeau Street, when her vehicle was struck by a suspect car speeding away from a traffic stop. Police arrested James Joseph Wieler, 31, at the scene of the incident Monday. Wieler faces several charges, including operating a vehicle causing death while impaired. (Graem Poole / Winnipeg Free Press files)

“I want to help people,” Duncan wrote online. “I (don’t) want my clients to have to worry about money.”

“I also now want to leave a legacy — to help more Canadians not to have to worry about money by improving financial literacy and helping advisers and financial planners to be better able to help Canadians.”

She also volunteered as co-chairwoman for the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum, financial literacy chairwoman of the Winnipeg chapter of Advocis (Financial Advisors Association of Canada), and chairwoman of the research committee for FP Canada Research Foundation, a charity that funds financial planning research.

“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Cynthia Duncan,” Tashia Batstone, president and chief executive officer of FP Canada, said Wednesday in a written statement. “Cynthia was a leader in financial planning and was passionate about financial literacy.”

The research foundation had announced Duncan’s appointment in June.

“Cynthia’s dedication and passion for research work at the FP Canada Research Foundation board will be hard to replace,” Batstone wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Cynthia’s family at this time.”

Police arrested James Joseph Wieler, 31, at the scene of the incident Monday. Wieler faces several charges, including operating a vehicle causing death while impaired.

His next court date is Oct. 15.

gabrielle.piche@winnipegfreepress.com

Gabrielle Piché

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Gabby is a big fan of people, writing and learning. She graduated from Red River College’s Creative Communications program in the spring of 2020.

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