The CASWE-ACFTS community is saddened to learn of the passing of Glenn Drover in December 28th, 2015. Glenn contributed significantly to social work education and practice in Canada and beyond. He served as Director/Dean of social work programs at Dalhousie, Carleton and UBC. He was editor of the Canadian Social Work Review and of the Canadian Review of Social Policy, and also President of the Canadian Association of Social Workers. Few people have played such an important role in the development of the field over the past 30 years as he has. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Glenn’s family. The following excerpt was prepared by Sarah Loten, Glenn Drover’s daughter:
My father, Glenn Drover, lived a full and beautiful life, with many adventures, projects and programs completed. His intellectual curiosity led him down many paths as he worked his way through an education in Toronto, New York and London, England, acquiring degrees in theology, urban planning, economics and social work. He taught and directed departments at a number of universities, including Dalhousie, McGill, Moncton, Carleton, University of British Columbia and City University of Hong Kong. Much was accomplished as a teacher, researcher, author and administrator. However, throughout his life journey, his never ending driving force was to help others, to seek need and to give service as required.
As a husband, father and grandfather, he was an energetic force, helping, counselling, driving, cooking, and lending a hand. He was our family ambassador, traveling to help in whatever capacity was necessary to his parents, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly. Locally, he developed and assisted in programs in his church, St James, and in his community, such as Skateboard Church for youth, Alpha programs, community dinners, environmental programs, Civitan, the Kilt run, Cornerstone and many others. Nationally, he was recently recognized for his lifetime contributions to Canadian social work when the annual national social worker award was renamed to the Glenn Drover Award for Outstanding Service which will be offered annually to a social work recipient. A bursary for a deserving university student of social work is also being established in his name. Internationally, my father worked with the Cree in the North, with youth in New York City, with people in various countries of Africa and Asia, in a variety of social welfare programs.
As I write this, though, I am keenly aware that my father would not want us to dwell on accolades and accomplishments. He told me, before he died, that he wanted his obituary to be an offering of gratitude to all the people who made his life wonderful. He wished to thank his family, his beloved wife of 52 years, Eleanor, his children, Sarah (Oliver), Chris (Kara), Greg and grandchildren, Emma, Tim, Evan, Grace, Alice, Willow, Cooper, Daxter, Gregory and Lauren. He wanted to thank his beautiful extended family who loved him and supported him in his lifetime journeys. He wanted to thank his friends and colleagues around the world who accompanied him in his many writings, projects and programs. You all enriched his life immeasurably and that meant the world to him. Thank you!