Profile: Glenn Allan
Motivational Speaker, Group Facilitator,
Television and Radio Broacaster
Today, Glenn is the host and producer of “The Advocate”, a fast paced weekly television program designed to assist individuals suffering from abuse, trauma, addiction and mental health. It premiere’s in the Fall of 2013 on CABLE 14 in Hamilton, ON. It can also be viewed online.
Up until recently he was the executive producer and host of “The Glenn Allan Show”, which was seen live daily from 11:00am till 12:00pm EST at www.NextSportStar.com. With 3.5 million subscribers to NextSportStar.com, an All-Sports TV/Radio station, Glenn was viewed by a vast worldwide audience that tuned into his show to not only watch he and his dynamic guests discuss all the hot-button sports topics, but more importantly to watch when Glenn and his guests became vulnerable and discussed real life issues such as cancer, suicide, depression, addiction, abuse, trauma, mental health, etc.
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 8-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, Youth Yak Live 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.
He is a sought after guest, and has appeared on numerous television programs in Canada, radio programs across North America, while utilizing his twenty-plus years in sports broadcasting to help spread his message by guesting on TV programs such as…TSN’s Off the Record, CTV’s The Verdict, CHCH’s Square Off, CanwestGlobal’s Context.
In 2005, Glenn founded and now facilitates Hope for Men, weekly Peer Support Groups for Adult Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. One group is held in Hamilton, while the other is in St. Catharines, ON. Other groups are planned for Halton and the Simcoe / Brantford area in the very near future.
In 2008, the Recovery Awareness Committee of Addictions Ontario presented Glenn with their prestigious Award of Recognition for his exemplary efforts in raising public awareness, reducing stigma and supporting others in recovery. In 2003, Glenn was presented the Queens Golden Jubilee Award for his meritorious service to Canada.
As Executive Producer, Glenn created and hosted the original television program 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.
Glenn also created and produced Canada’s only Christian sports television program entitled, GoodNews Sports. Over 4-years he interviewed numerous high profile professional athletes and discussed sports, life in general and their faith. A new and revamped version of GoodNews Sports is currently in discussions. Through Hockey Ministreis International and under the supervision of former NHL’er Mark Osborne, Glenn served as Chapel Leader for the Montreal Canadien’s AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs.
In 2006, while working with former WWE Superstar wrestler “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and Promise Keepers Canada , Glenn created, “The Edge”. A television program that discusses issues important to men, without all the phony machoism and walls men tend to hide behind. “Real TV for Real Men” is the show’s slogan. Men from all walks of life (sports, agents, businuessmen, media personalities, law enforcement etc.) discuss many topics including mental health, addictions, vices, abuse, trauma, infidelity, divorce, grieving, finances etc. Panelists are open, honest and vulnerable while discussing these issues and far more. “Many men fall short in their roles as husbands, fathers, sons etc., however as men, we can change that”. This program aired on Canwest Global Television, CHCH TV, CTS, E and continues to air in worldwide syndication, while production of new episodes are expected to begin in mid-2014.
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.