Clarke, Alan, 1929-

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Alan Clarke (1 August 1929 - ), advisor, educator and public servant, was born in Stratford, Ontario. He received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1957 in addition to receiving an honorary doctorate from York University in 1992 in recognition for his role as secretary of its Planning Committee from 1956-1958. He also spent two summers while attending U. of T. with Frontier College as a labourer-teacher on a railway gang. From 1950 to 1960, he was Secretary of the YMCA in Toronto following which he was Executive Director of the Canadian Citizenship Council (1960-1966), the Canadian Centenary Council and the Company of Young Canadians (1966-1968), respectively. He was President of CRD Training Associates Ltd. (1969-1970), Director of the Demonstrative Project on Community Development at Algonquin College (1970-1971) and Director of its School of Continuing Education (1971-1985). In 1985 and 1986, Clarke acted as advisor to the Canadian Emergency Coordinator for African Famine and was later Communications Advisor for the International Joint Commission (1986-1996), a Member of the Canadian Delegation to the UNESCO General Conference in Paris (1987), Chair of the European Joint Study Meeting on the Impact of New Technologies on Culture in Rural Areas, Paris (1983), participant at the Experts Meeting of European Joint Studies in the Field of Education, Vienna (1982) and Founder and First Chair of the Board of Directors for the Movement for Canadian Literacy (1978). He has also been the director of the United Nations Association in Canada as well as the Millennium Council of Canada. Clarke was a contributing editor to Strong and Free : A Response to the War Measures Act, 1970 and is the author of several papers and reports in the fields of adult education, public participation, human rights, citizenship and education and community development.

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