DORA recognizes consumer protection champions at its first ‘Get Wise’ Consumer Protection Awards ceremony

DENVER - (Nov. 27, 2018) --  As Colorado Consumer Protection Month comes to a close, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) took time to recognize a number of organizations and individuals that have worked diligently this past year on protecting Colorado consumers at its first “Get Wise” Consumer Protection Awards ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the History Colorado Center.

“Over the past five years, DORA’s award-winning consumer information campaign, ‘Take 5 to Get Wise,’ has proven to be an important tool to help us reach Coloradans with valuable information and resources that help them be smarter consumers,” said Salazar. “Our mission is consumer protection, but we can't accomplish that alone. Through these efforts, we know just how important it is to work effectively with other organizations and honored those who have excelled in collaboration, partnerships or going the extra mile in order to help strengthen consumer protections and awareness in Colorado. We must all work together to protect consumers and took a moment to acknowledge the importance of the work they do.”

Recognized with a Get Wise Award were:

Changemaker Consumer Champion
Patty Skolnik, Founder and President of Citizens for Patient Safety
Recognized as this year’s “Changemaker Consumer Champion,” Patty’s tragic loss of her only son Michael led her to advocate for greater transparency and disclosure by healthcare providers. She was instrumental in helping CO Health Professional Check (colorado.gov/cohpc) come to fruition. 

Community Partner
Better Business Bureau serving Denver and Central Colorado

Serving as an important resource to consumers throughout Colorado, recently it has worked with DORA’s Division of Real Estate around the clock regarding timeshare scams.

Business
Sheraton Hotel Denver Downtown

After noticing a troubling trend of guests reporting being overcharged on flat-rate taxi fares from the airport, the lead concierge at the Sheraton filed a complaint with the Public Utilities Commission and assisted with an investigative news story that ultimately found fraud taking place. The Sheraton and others in the hospitality industry then initiated remedies to ensure their guests were informed of flat rate fares.  

Nonprofit
Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC)

The EOC has consistently demonstrated extraordinary investment in advocating on the behalf of low-income Coloradans to help them meet their energy needs, including participating in often complex rate proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission to ensure this population is represented.

Also recognized as a Valued Partner:

  • AARP Colorado: DORA and AARP partner on several efforts to reach seniors on topics like financial and medical health, fraud and scam awareness, utility rates and civil rights.
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office: Jeffco County Sheriff developed an educational program called Realty Watch specifically to educate licensed real estate brokers on how to stay safe on the job.
  • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI)This year CCHI established a Consumer Assistance Program to help consumers find and solve issues with their health care coverage.
  • Stop Fraud Colorado: The initiators of Colorado Consumer Protection Month, DORA and Stop Fraud Colorado partner regularly on social media chats and reach potentially millions of consumers directly online to raise awareness regarding fraud and scams.

DORA’s divisions submitted nominations for the award to DORA Executive Director Marguerite Salazar, who selected the recipients and hosted the event.

Salazar and incoming Colorado Securities Commissioner Chris Myklebust also recognized the contributions of Gerald Rome who retires Nov. 30 as Securities Commissioner. 

For more information about DORA's Take 5 to Get Wise initiative, visit askDORA.colorado.gov. You can follow #GetWiseCO #Take5CO and #CCPM2018. 

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About DORA

The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675

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