Glen Pearson was born and raised in Calgary. Following high school he undertook famine relief work in India and Bangladesh and later traveled to Ireland, where he assisting Roman Catholic and Protestant young people to put aside their differences and work on a more cooperative future.
In 1974, Glen traveled to London, Ontario and eventually joined the London Fire Department as a professional firefighter – a career that last almost 30 years. He has been involved with numerous overseas development projects and helped start the London Food Bank in 1986. He filled the post of volunteer director for the food bank for 27 years until 2012 and since then has been co-director with his wife. Glen also served as the chairperson of Ontario’s food banks for a three-year period and has assisted in a number of feeding projects around the world.
In 199u, Glen and wife began efforts at opposing slavery in Sudan. The Sudanese civil war was Africa’s longest-running conflict and claimed the lives of some 2.5 million people, with 5 million being displaced. Their success at liberating slaves led them to start Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan (CASS) in order to build schools, establish women’s programs and other development projects to help those who had returned from slavery and settled back into South Sudan. In 2005, they attended the peace talks between north and south Sudan – negotiations that were eventually successful and resulted in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. He and his wife also served as international observers during the Southern Sudanese referendum that eventually led to South Sudan becoming the world’s newest nation.
Glen and Jane have also adopted three children from the region, who had been detailed in slavery and had lost their mother. They are now flourishing in Canada.
On November 27, 2006 Glen became the Member of Parliament for London North Centre – a position he held for almost five years. During that time he was the Official Critic for International Cooperation in the shadow cabinet and worked with the likes of Tony Blair, Paul Martin, Romeo Dallaire and numerous non-governmental organizations on African issues.
Glen has authored numerous books over the years, including:
- A Path Between Two Mothers – the moving story of the adoption of his daughter Abuk following the death of her mother
- For All the Right Reasons – a treatise on how to properly establish and expand the efforts of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
- Foreign Aid and the African Dilemma – a challenge to recommit ourselves to the development of Africa’s 48 countries of the sub-Saharan region
- Notes on Liberalism – thoughts on how liberalism, which had been the primary force a century ago in moving Canada and the western world into a new future, needs to be reintroduced in a new context today
- Notes on Citizenship – caught between the declining influence of governments and the domination of corporatism, citizens must re-establish their influence for the sake of their own communities
- Land of Designs – a true narrative taken from Glen’s interview with a struggling woman from Darfur who had fled the war-torn region and arrived in region of south Sudan where Glen and Jane have been building their development programs for the last decade.
Glen presently writes for the London Free Press, National Newswatch and the Huffington Post.