It’s been a long journey
Glenn is a conqueror of childhood sexual abuse. He was sexually abused by a coach from within his minor hockey and baseball system over an 9-year period, beginning at the tender age of 8.
He continues to be proactive both locally and nationally as an active advocate of sexual abuse prevention and awareness, and of drug and alcohol recovery. He continues to work closely with the RCMP, OPP, Crime Stoppers and local police and service agencies (VCARS) while speaking to thousands of youth every year – sharing his experience, strength & hope. Since 2000, Giving Kids a Chance has had a tremendous impact in our schools, young offender facilities, churches and youth groups as the countless reference letters from police, principals, teachers, community leaders, and more importantly from the young people themselves, would indicate.
In 2005, Glenn founded Hope for Men, a weekly Peer Support Group for Adult Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. That first group began in Hamilton, ON. In 2011 he founded the Niagara group in St. Catharines, ON. and in 2015 he founded the third Hope for Men group in Brantford, ON.
Glenn facilitated all three Hope for Men groups for 11-years before graduating three solid well deserving members of the groups to take over those duties, while Glenn could deal with an illness. When he returned, Glenn was promoted to Executive Director of Hope for Men by the Board of Directors.
Having worked in broadcasting for over 25-years in varying positions, Glenn's most proud of a program that he created with his team to help people. The television program was entitled, Living Clean. His team produced over 120 episodes between June 5, 2005 till October 31, 2010. Living Clean was Canada’s first live interactive weekly television talk-show that would assist individuals suffering with addiction, abuse, trauma and/or mental health illness.
Hope for Men is very interested in creating a similar TV show to assist individuals of all ages through the trauma, abuse, addictions, grief, suicide, hopelessness, we sometimes find ourselves in while living our day to day lives.
Glenn has a long history of working with incarcerated youth. As a Correctional Officer he worked at Maplehurst Correctional Centre and Syl Apps Youth Centre, and as a Youth Worker at Ray of Hope (Hope Harbour and Hope Manor facilities), while also mentoring youth in group home settings. He has also been involved within Little League Baseball Canada as a player, umpire, coach and executive for over 25-years.
Originally from Stoney Creek, ON., today Glenn and his wife Colleen reside in Burlington, ON. with their three young children.