When I realized that our finances – Credit Cards and Line-of-Credit were almost maxed and we could barely pay the interest each month something had to be done. After meeting with one of the banks, accompanied by one of my daughters, we realized that getting loans from two banks would be more than we could manage. I then contacted a Debt Counselling Agency and an appointment was set up. I found the counsellor robotic and one size fits all. Our payments with this Agency would have been almost as much as we would have had to pay through the bank. He did suggest, however, we pursue personal bankruptcy. It was with great trepidation that I contacted Grant Thornton services. I felt we were letting the banks down, embarrassed, inadequate and not fulfilling our financial responsibility that we had taken on. Something like this had never happened before and I felt that we should have been able to handle this on our own. At Grant Thornton I was met with people who respected confidentiality, were understanding, put me at ease, were non judgmental, organized, proficient and above all professional. Patricia Swan did the numbers and advised me that we did not fall under the personal bankruptcy guidelines. She suggested that a Joint Consumer Proposal could be made on our behalf. This all happened in the midst of a World Pandemic where banking institutions were closed and I was not able to open new accounts until May. Trish continued to be steady and supportive throughout. Along with Trish, I want to thank everyone else from Grant Thornton who throughout were professional, supportive and gave us excellent counselling and advice.
— Gwen B
Several years after my divorce, I had to finally come to terms with my financial situation. I thought at the time I made some great choices, going back to school, I had to get into another vehicle as mine was cratering! Needless to say, I felt like I was sinking deeper n deeper with my debt! I contacted Grant and Thornton Shynelle helped me greatly! She made it very comfortable for me, highly organized, excellent people skills, a real gem of a person! I would highly recommend her.
Thank you once again Shynelle. ?
— Nola S, Alberta
Today, January 26, 2021 I had the real good chance to discuss my account and budgeting my finances . I dealt with, Gail Kelly , she did a great job on focusing the way to save and still meet my commitments , I am very happy with all the knowledge she gave me and how to proceed in the future.
Thank you so vey much, Gail Kelly and waiting to speak again soon.
best regards to you and your team
— Rita W.
I was experiencing financial difficulty after a breakdown in my marriage in 2014. I knew at that point, I had to do something to improve the lifestyle of my son and myself, to ensure food was kept ont the table and also in order to keep our owned home to continue to live in. In 2016, I began to feel so overwhelmed with bill payments and outstanding debts that I had to pay. Creditors were starting to call me consistently, and also attempted to contact me at my workplace, which was quite embarrassing. After doing some research on the difference between bankruptcy as opposed to consumer proposal, I found Abakhan and Associates (now Grant Thornton Ltd.) Initially, I dealt with Barry from Abakhan, and he worked directly with me to sort out my finances. He made the process painless and reassured me that I should not feel that I have failed. He said “These types of situations happen, and that is why we are here to help”.
Then, I found there was hope and light at the end of the tunnel. I have now found the light at the end, with the help from all the staff from Grant Thornton Ltd, especially Rebecca Sutherland. She was always on top of replying to my emails and phone calls when I would inquire on my account status. As of last Friday, I have made my final payment and I look forward to receiving my Certificate of Full Performance within the next 2 months. I would highly recommend Grant Thornton Ltd. to anyone who may be in a similar financial situation. It gives you the chance to rebuild and restructure your life so that you can breathe again with no more worries
and no more debt.
— Jane H
I have the most pleasant and memorable experience with your company. The stress and the worries of being consumed with debt is just way too much to handle. I remember dealing with each of the staff and I only have good words to say to each one of you.
Lastly, I wanted to mention Rebecca Sutherland, you have helped me a lot Rebecca. Thank for being so patient in my journey towards a debt-free world. Much Appreciated!!
— Marilou G, Vancouver BC
It got to a point where I didn’t think that I’d hold on to what little hair I had. That said I was still apprehensive and doubtful about seeking assistance to my financial predicament. It was an embarrassing time but there was no way ‘out’. I responded to an invitation from Blair Greenwood (4 Pillars Financial) a financial consultant who would introduce me to the administration at Grant Thornton. As the process of discovery was being prepared I was reassured that my application would be accepted and the proposal would be a turning point. The result was uplifting. My obligations were quite manageable considering the limitations of my income. I felt relief for the first time in years. During that time, my communication with Rebecca Sutherland at Grant Thornton was always prompt, courteous, and beneficial. GT provides a service that is invaluable. It is their staff and their associates that have returned my positive outlook on life. Thank you to all.
— Raymond R, BC
My first meeting with your representative was surprisingly pleasant. I felt ashamed and defeated about my financial situation. There was no judgement only acceptance and comfort. Later Kathleen Haase became my counsellor and she guide me to the entire process. Her advise and helpful disposition was very professional and encouraging. thank you so much Kathleen. It has been a pleasure to work with you through this worry-some time.
— Karel D, Fort McMurray., AB
The comprehensive help I received from Grant Thornton is very appreciated. Tracey Stewart‘s assistance has been wonderful- walking me through computer bits that were unfamiliar and patient with any little steps in the process I did not remember right away.
Covid-19 has not made the process more difficult; with the covid restraints on the court system, I did not have to go before a judge, which spared me the anxiety that I otherwise would have gone through. I recommend Grant Thornton to anyone in a similar situation.
Thank you for all your help. Wishing Tracey and everyone at Grant Thornton a wonderful Christmas and a Happy Healthy 2021.
— Anonymous Client, BC
Linda was absolutely amazing. As seniors, we weren’t too sure where to start. Linda reaches out and was very knowledgeable with our situation. She provided the best solution based on our financial needs. She was understanding and very patient with us. Thank you Linda, without your help, we don’t know what we would’ve done.
— Ron & Julliette
I would like to extend a very warm thank you to Rob and Krista for their kindness and understanding in helping me dealing with my sons finances.They were very understanding and helpful.Grant Thorton made this difficult decision a smooth solution with their kindness.Thank you so much!
— Juanita B, Nova Scotia