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TCO November Networking Meeting Recap

TCO November Networking Meeting Recap

The November TCO Networking Meeting was held Thursday, November 10, 2015 at the Best Western PLUS Brant Park Inn and Conference Centre. We had a great turnout. Did you miss it? Here are some of the highlights:

United Way Brant Linda Moyer, Campaign Director of United Way Brant, presented an overview of the organization.  Did you know that approximately 45,000 (1 in 3) citizens will be helped by a United Way program? There are 18 Member Agencies that receive funding from the United Way in our community who in turn pass that along to their clients.  Click to view a video presentation about three community members that have directly benefitted from assistance from the United Way.  The 2015 Campaign Goal is: $1,651,000.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie Renee VanderHarst, Resource Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie, spoke to the group about her personal experience in being a Big Sister.  She encouraged members of the community who have time during the week, either during school hours or after hours, to help mentor a young member of the community.  Big/Little matches are always looking for activities to do in the community that are little or no cost.  If you have tickets to a game or an event that they could attend, consider donating them to the group to use for mentorship opportunities.

Brantford Aquatic Club - Swim International 40th Anniversary

Jocelyn Jay, Director of Operations for the Brantford Aquatic Club, updated everyone on their upcoming Swim International competition to be held Nov 13-15 at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. This is the 40th Anniversary of this highly regarded event during the swimming circuit.  There are over 600 swimmers coming from Ontario and Quebec. Volunteers are always welcome. 

Brantford Church Hockey League – Heritage House League Jerseys

Deanna Basso, Brantford Church Hockey League Chair and Director of Communications, presented their exciting new jerseys that pay homage to past hockey teams that have excited and delighted Brantford fans for years.  Players in Novice, Peewee, Bantam and Midget will don the jerseys of six past Brantford teams.  Jerseys include: Brantford Foresters, Brantford Smoke, Brantford Blast, Brantford Penguins, Brantford Alexanders and Brantford Golden Eagles.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour 

Sandy Jackson, City of Brantford Director of Recreation, provided an update of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour which comes to Brantford on December 5 and 6, 2015.  This exciting free festival will be held at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre and will feature: family-fun activities, giveaways, live music, an outdoor ball hockey rink, NHL alumni (Darryl Sittler and Marty McSorley confirmed) and will end with the national broadcast Sunday night with Ron MacLean in the Rogers Mobile Studio. Brantford has added some extra activities to this already exciting weekend, including: Waffles with Walter, Skate Exchange Tree, Campbell Amusements Ferris wheel and as a great way to finish off the weekend, just before the broadcast fireworks will be set off over the football field.  For up to date information, visit the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour page.



The next TCO Networking Meeting will be hosted by the County of Brant at the Tim Hortons Onondaga Farms in St. George on Thursday, December 10, 2015.  This is the first time the meeting will be held at that location.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!  Don’t forget…it’s our Christmas meeting.  Wear your “favourite” Christmas sweater or hat. 

If you are a sport organization or a business that services sport in the community, you are welcome to join the invitation list for this excellent opportunity to network, learn and share all the exciting things that are happening in sport in the Tournament Capital of Ontario.  Email for more information. 


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