The Curse of George Pearson Centre - #3: Scared, Bleeding, and Alone

Updated: Aug 14, 2021

Glen Tig's worst fears about George Pearson Centre were realized

By Spencer van Vloten

BC Disability

July 25th, 2021

Athletic and adventurous, Glen Tig was frustrated that his condition was slowing him down, but he was still living independently and enjoying life in the community.

That would change when things took a turn for the worse and he was forced into George Pearson Centre, where his life would soon become a nightmare.

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Glen Tigg loved his life.

A psychologist by profession, he lived in the heart of downtown Vancouver with his loving husband Sid.

He was independent and always on the move, leading an active lifestyle that included scenic runs along the seawall and hikes up Grouse Mountain. He loved the outdoors and travelled the world, always keen to explore and connect with nature.

But Glen also had multiple systems atrophy, an incurable member of the Parkinson’s family that progressively impairs the body’s functioning.

Although eager to continue his active lifestyle, each year Glen found himself a bit weaker, not able to complete as many hikes or run as far. Soon he also struggled with balance and mobility, and eventually his body stopped responding to simple commands.

Glen loved nature and being outdoors

He did his best to stay healthy, watching his diet and being active to the extent he could, and though he'd slowed down over the years he was still living independently and finding ways to make things work for him.

But his life would take a dramatic turn one weekend in February, 2017.