BCHF News A Glanville family connection

A Glanville family connection

One article in the Winter 2017 issue of British Columbia History (Vol. 50 No. 4) contains a link to long-time BCHF member and Council member Alice Glanville (1920-2015). Can you find it?

Alice Glanville, 1920-2015.

The article in question is the first one in the issue: “He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Brother,” an excerpt from Jake MacDonald’s new book Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour (2017, Greystone Books).

You’ll note the name of Harvey Glanville, a high school teacher who was key in encouraging Hansen to stay positive and keep active after his paralyzing accident in 1973. Harvey is the son of Alice Glanville. Thanks to Ron Welwood, a BCHF Honorary Life Member, for alerting us to this connection.

In the article, Harvey describes how he and fellow teacher Bob Redford tried to keep the plucky, strong-willed Hansen involved in school sports after his accident by asking him to help coach volleyball and basketball teams. Hansen then expresses his thanks to the two teachers in the following quote from MacDonald’s book:

“Harvey and Bob Redford taught me a lot,” says Rick. “They encouraged me to stay connected with the team, coaching, and to dream big. It was about forgetting your ego and joining in, contributing what you could. They were great mentors to me.”

Alice Glanville served as President of the BCHF from 1994 to 1996 and as Honorary President from 2000 to 2001. She attended several Federation conferences until 2013, and enjoyed hosting visiting Federation members and assisting them with research. She passed away in 2015. Read Alice’s In Memoriam notice.

To read Jake MacDonald’s full article, flip to page 5 of your Winter 2017 copy of British Columbia History.

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