From Cape Breton Island
Alan came to Vancouver two years ago, after living in Toronto.
He lives on a friend’s boat in the harbor, and most days he gets up at 5am and panhandles.
He has a medical condition that retains water in his hands and feet, some days he can’t walk very far, and some days not at all.
He worked for 39 years with race horses as a handler. He worked in Toronto, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida and Mexico. He rode to exercise but was never a jockey.
After a day on the street he will get dinner at McDonald’s.
Advice to young people thinking of a life on the street:
“Go to work.”
“There are nice people in the world; you’ve got to take the good with the bad.”