In trouble with the law since he was a child, Glen spent twenty-three years behind bars. He was sentenced to 21 years to life in 1980 for shooting to death a Hudson’s Bay store manager during a Brink’s hold-up in Toronto.
After years of living a violent crime filled life, Glen became a Christian while he was at Kent Institution in 1982. The Lord then began to move in his life in a mighty way. Glen’s sentence was reduced by the Ontario Court of Appeal to 14 years to life. In 1987, he married his wife Sherry at William Head Institution. Paroled in 1992, Glen is the founder and co-facilitator of L.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community).
In 1996, Glen was awarded the University College of the Fraser Valley’s volunteer of the year award for another programme he developed called Partners in Learning which pairs tutors from Ferndale Institution with at risk youth in alternative schools in Mission and Abbotsford. He believes strongly in the concept of restorative justice with its empowerment of victims and ultimate goal of a safer community for all.
Sherry was born and raised in the “prison capital of Canada” Kingston, Ontario. She graduated from Queen’s University in 1982 with a BA Honours in Sociology. She wrote her Honours thesis under the direction of Hans Mohr of the Law Reform Commission. A year later, Sherry graduated with a Bachelor of Education in English and Music from Queen’s.Her graduate degrees include: a Masters in African Area Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (1988) and doctoral candidate status in History from Simon Fraser University.
Sherry is a founding member of the Black Canadian Studies Association and a lifetime member of the Association of Black Women Historians. A published writer, her work includes a chapter in Telling Tales: Women in Western Canadian History (UBC Press Fall 2000) and two entries in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography (University of Toronto Press Fall 2005). Sherry met and married her husband Glenn Flett while he was in prison. She taught adult basic education in provincial prisons in B.C. for seven years before becoming the executive director of the non-profit L.I.N.C. Society which she co-founded with Glenn. Glenn and Sherry live in Mission along with the love of their life- their thirteen year-old daughter Victoria aka “Twinkie”, their dog Lilly, and their cats Bianca, Bugsy, Magic, Little Kitty, Matt and Tippy.
In 2012 Sherry was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.