Editor’s Note

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Our Editor’s Note

I was recently watching the 2020 Emmy’s as they hosted their first virtual awards ceremony. The host (Jimmy Kimmel) and a select few filmed at a location while guests and the nominees joined remotely online. As I was watching I thought to myself: I now totally know what goes into producing and organizing such a  coordinated effort in order to have such an Awards show. And though many of the attendees and nominees are famous Hollywood people I thought…hey man, we already did that this year with the annual Debt Review Awards and we were just as good.

Turns out we are ahead of the curve in the debt review industry and our online Awards show will be just one of many such Awards shows held remotely this year. And while I think Jimmy Kimmel is great I do think Rob Van Vuuren is great. He went from host to demotivational speaker in minutes and left us laughing and demoralized for days if not weeks after. Thanks Rob!

‘He went from host to demotivational speaker in minutes and left us laughing and demoralized for days’

But seriously, the team here at Debtfree Magazine (who help with organizing the Awards each year) did an amazing job in not only organizing the Awards but helping us as an industry to feel a few minutes of relaxation, humour, tension and suspense and excitement. Well done to the team and well done to all those recognized for their hard work in the industry in what has undoubtedly been a year to remember. A challenging year of note.

For consumers who are going through these tough times, all we can say is: please talk to your Debt Counsellor about any and all issues that come your way that threaten to take you out of the process. Speak to them soon, speak to them honestly and be prepared to take the advice they will give. 2020 is not a year for half measures and they may give you some hard homework and tasks to accomplish but it will be worth it to stay in the process and keep chipping away at your debt. Don’t let 2020 be the year that throws your financial future down the drain.

Also a big word of commendation and thanks to all those credit provider debt review departments out there who are working through the pandemic and pushing the other departments at the credit providers to help keep their clients in debt review rather than put them back into the old collections process. Well done to you for pushing to help your clients!

‘We are always impressed to see how hard everyone is working to help consumers get out of debt’

Some people see the Awards process as being about winning (naturally so) but our team also like to think of it as acknowledging that there are hard-working people behind all the companies and brands and departments who are helping consumers through the toughest of times. We are always impressed to see how hard everyone is working to help consumers get out of debt.

So, here’s a “virtual” award to you. To the Debt Counsellors and credit providers; to the software developers and insurance providers; to the attorneys and the PDAs; to the Regulator and Tribunal and, most importantly, to all you consumers on your hard but rewarding journey to being totally debt free.