East And Bays Courier 03 June 2009
Parents Inc founder Ian Grant has been recognised in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to youth and parenting. Parenting, youth and marriage gurus Ian and Mary Grant are an inspiration in the eyes of many. But Ian has other ideas. “We’re just two beggars telling other beggars how to beg for bread. When people hear that we struggle with stuff too, they link with us.” Ian, a renowned author, advocate and public speaker, was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in Monday’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.
“Because I’ve worked with thousands of volunteers, this award is really all about them,” the Orakei resident says. “I just happen to be the guy who thought about doing Summer Harvest – a camp for teens in the Bay of Islands.” Ian, 70, has a long-held passion for public speaking – despite the fact that he stutters. “The big defining thing in my life is that I stutter. People said to me, ‘don’t make it a handicap’.” He didn’t. The committed Christian went on to appear on live television and radio and speak to youth and adults at conferences.