Allan and his wife Brenda reside in Bedford, Nova Scotia, where they have lived for the past 21 years. At age 17, Allan took Phys. Ed. at Dalhousie University on a soccer scholarship. He has been involved with sports and exercise all of his life and currently runs 180 km a week. At the early age of 20 after deciding he did not wish to become a teacher, he became the foreman at Barrett Lumber in Beaverbank, NS for 6 years, where he managed 55 men and had the responsibility that comes along with that position. He originally joined this company at age 14 and it is an ongoing joke in his family that he was born ready to work.
Allan has been in the corporate estate planning and insurance industry for 35 years. The past 25 years have focused on the estate, tax and financial planning areas. Allan specializes in will planning, succession planning, tax strategies, buy-sell agreements, business and personal insurance and retirement planning.
Visit www.aeps.ca (Atlas Estate Planning Services Limited) and see what Allan does for a living.
Allan’s dedication to charity provides a long list. He has travelled around the world to places like the Ukraine with Link 127 Humanitarian Society, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan with Loads of Love, Cambodia and Thailand with Samarian’s Purse, Guatemala with World Vision and helped multiple orphanages and families in Mexico. In Asia and Europe Allan has helped to set up soup kitchens, half way homes, built medical facilities in orphanages, provided eye glasses to school children, built an orphan shelter in an Aids orphanage and built homes in Cambodia, just to name a few. His recent commitment has been to help fund a program in Bucerias, Mexico called Action for Food where people who can’t find work are given jobs in the community to attain baskets of food to feed their families, helping to provide dignity to people in need who strive to rebuild their level of confidence in themselves and their abilities. He has given out the shoe boxes for Samaritain’s Purse in Cambodia, Thailand and Kyrgyzstan.
Allan has also been involved in his own community by providing support to a minister who travels from her home to a prison, by supplying gas cards for the past 4 years, so that she can counsel them both inside and outside prison and assist in their transition when they are released. He has also helped support the home where these ladies stay during their transition. He has volunteered to serve the homeless at “Sunday Suppers” hosted by Ark Outreach, has purchased uniforms for local sports teams and has provided support to a local outreach so that they could purchase a commercial stove for a program focused on teaching mothers how to cook healthy food for their families and provides annual support to other local charities like Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association and Metro Food Bank, among others. He could often be found driving around Halifax in a half ton truck trying to cloth the homeless in winter.
As someone who grew up poor and literally at one time, without a roof over his head, Allan never forgets where he came from and values people, not because of what they have but who they are. He has continuously persevered through challenges throughout his life and has maintained his dedication to his family, his community and disadvantaged people around the world. He is dedicated to hard work, honestly, determination and compassion. His beliefs and values, he hopes, will be an ongoing inspiration to others.
Allan T. Grantham, CPCA, CEA, CFP, TEP
The 2013 Jack Y. McFaull Award recipient
Allan is a proud recipient of this peer nominated award from Manulife Financial that is designed to allow those who have made a difference in their communities, locally, nationally or globally to share their spirit and inspiration with others. Winners are of exceptional character and integrity and have an uncommon commitment to helping others. Allan joins past winners in being dedicated to hard work, honesty, determination, health and compassion.