DREW, Dick




Born in Edmonton on October 2, 1934, Drew was the creator, host and executive producer of 'The Canadian Achievers', a nationally syndicated radio program launched in February of 1985. He culled some of his 4,000 interviews for a celebration of 'Canadian-ness' in The Canadian Achievers (Vancouver: Drew Publications, 1991). It is subtitled 'How THEY Did It. How YOU Can Do It. Why YOU Should Do It. Drew was raised on a small farm near Morinville, Alberta. He attended a one-room school until the eighth grade. At age 14, in 1949, after his family had moved to Vancouver, Drew dropped out of school, lied about his age, and managed to get a job on an oil tanker as a merchant sailor. Five years, in Buenos Aires, he decided to return to Canada. He first worked in radio at CJQC in Quebec City in 1958. He soon moved to a job at CJAV in Port Alberni, B.C.--only to arrive and find there's wasn't a job after all. He convinced the station manager to let him work as a commission salesman. He eventually was hired by CHML in Hamilton. In 1979 he bought CKAY radio station in Duncan, B.C. He retired to Port Coquitlam.

[BCBW 1995]