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June Sport Networking Meeting Recap

June Sport Networking Meeting Recap

It was great to see our regular attendees on Thursday, June 8th, but we also had some new faces join our group and learn about the networking opportunities and business collaborations available. We had a full house at The Best Western and lots of people sharing upcoming summer events. We’ll certainly miss meeting with this group over the summer, who have all done amazing things for our sport community in Brantford.

Host Thank You

This month’s meeting was held by The Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre in Brantford. Cindy and her team have been strong partners of Tourism Brantford and the sport community in Brantford alike for many years now, and it’s always a treat to be spoiled with their delicious food and helpful staff. Thank you again for your hospitality.

Ice Breaker

Summertime gets us thinking about the end of the school year and summer holidays, so for this month’s ice breaker we asked guests to stand up and say their name, where they are from, and the elementary school they attended. It was amazing to see just how many of us all attended an elementary school in Brantford. It’s a true testament to this incredible city to see so many of us raised here who are now choosing to raise our own children in this fine community too.


Jewel 92/Hometown Radio CKPC AM

Kimberlee Taplay, Kelsey Taylor, Tracey McLeod

Jewel 92/Hometown Radio CKPC AM has the largest signal in Canada, which means they also have the largest capable reach. They are members of the business community too and want to be partners with everyone and to open conversations and create new things in a warm and loving space. You are invited to come into the station and they will also create a digital streaming of your podcast, and it’ll be a 2 week endeavour to run on both hometown radio stations so you get a concise local audience. You can broadcast the link on your own website as well as the station website and post the link on social media for those who missed it live. Kimberlee introduced Kelsey Taylor, Promotions Coordinator, who works with local businesses to run a lot of contests. Recent work includes a Father’s Day promotion in addition to teaming up with Lococos. They will be at lots of events throughout the course of the summer including Canada 150 celebrations and Grand River Pow Wow. Email if you have anything to promote and she will work with you to create a contest and promote your event/product/service on-air. Kelsey asks for a week or two advance notice of your event in order to give her time to prepare.

A special thanks also goes out to Jewel 92/Hometown Radio CKPC AM for donating the 50/50 prize, which was a pair of tickets to the Hagersville Rocks concert on July 22. This pair of tickets was won by Eric Nease of Infinum Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Brant United Way

Linda Moyer

Linda announced the 1st Annual Fire Truck Pull Challenge. It will be held August 26 at the Civic Centre, which also ties in with their 50 year anniversary. This exciting event involves pulling a fire truck and you can compete in teams of women, men or mixed teams. It’s $500/team to join (10 per team) and lunch will be provided. Last year the Brant United Way put on “Paint the Town Red” and this year they are doing “Novemburger.” If you buy a burger at a participating restaurant a $1 of proceeds will go to the United Way. A lot of the restaurants participating in “Novemburger” will be providing food at the August 26 event. Brant United Way is able to provide some gift bags for upcoming events. For example, leftover insoles from the Giant Warehouse Sale went to Bill Harding of the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition for their upcoming golf tournament on July 15. The United Way wants to be able to support you, as you support them and they support the community.

Kiwanis Field – Laps for Literacy

Chrystal Glaves

The Kiwanis Field is built and beautiful and the Kiwanis Club wants to provide service to the community. They have a book drive coming up “Laps for Literacy” on Saturday, June 10th to promote a sound body and sound mind. The club is asking individuals to bring donated children’s books (preschool to early teen) to line-up around the perimeter of the track. They estimate it will take about 2,000 new or gently-used books to fill the track. Organizations will come pick-up the donated books at 3:00 p.m.

Brantford Burst – 5K Colour Run

Rob Smith

Rob discussed’s initiative to pair seniors and kids together in a program that is mutually beneficial to both age groups. Students visit seniors homes once a month. Occasionally retirement homes can be on lockdown and students can’t go; in which case some homes have iPads as do schools so the kids can still FaceTime with their seniors via the technology. Visit for more information about this. The organization also has a partnership with Laurier, and one Laurier student recommended a colour run, which they have named “Brantford Burst” because Brantford is about to burst. It’s a 5K run through different colour stations where powder (corn starch and food colouring) is thrown at the runners. The event begins September 10th at 11:00 a.m. and there will be a comedian performing beforehand in addition to music, food trucks and a local yoga studio to warm you up and fire truck to hose you down after. You can sign up on the website; it’s $30 for adults and $20 per student or $100 to enter a team of 4. The date was specifically chosen because it’s the last day of Orientation Week for Laurier Students. The run still needs individuals or group volunteers and they are looking for sponsorships as well.

Role Basketball and Personal Training

J.R. Gallarza

JR has a holistic approach to training where he focuses on school first and athletics second. He sees about 75 different athletes and is trying to change the culture of basketball in Brantford by giving highly competitive players a place here at home rather than travelling to big cities on nights and weekends to get better. He has two summer camps running from July 24-28 and August 28 to September 1. All ages are welcome. JR is seeking prize/award sponsorships for his campers. The prizes will be named after the individual or business who donated.

Shout Outs!

Kathy Ballantyne, County of Brant Facilities and Parks, the Scotland Community Centre has a gym and a few meeting rooms all available for rent; July 22 Canada 150 Celebration for Brant – NHL alumni coming out; Music in the Park starts June 8 at Lions Park; August 26 event on trails in partnership with Trans Canada Trail

Jennifer Middleton, City of Brantford Parks and Recreation, David Wilcox is performing June 14 and there are still free tickets available; Friday June 30 country music headliner Jason McCoy has been announced along with The Tea Party coming to Brantford for the Big Canada Day Celebration on July 1; All photos for the ticket contest will be displayed at the “Made in Ontario” exhibit and Harmony Square programming scheduled to start day after Canada Day

Deana Soloman, Bisons Football, June 24 is Brantford Day for Bisons and Tikes, Atoms, Pee Wee, etc. to come to Gretzky and all they all play at home that day; CJFL team Hamilton Hurricanes have asked to host a game at Bisons Alumni Field September 16

Bill Harding, Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition, announced that 230 people were expected to attend the June 8 induction. Athletes and former athletes who represent Brantford on worlds stage (and tonight’s inductees) include: Bill Morgan (Judo), John Monne (Swimming), Bryan Fogarty (Hockey), Jocelyn Jay (Swimming), Shay McNicol (Swimming), and Derek Graham (Lacrosse). The next big event for the Sports Hall will be the July 14th Inaugural Friends of the Sports Hall Golf Tournament. They are still looking for a few hole sponsorships, so if interested please contact Bill about that. 

Andrew Pilkington, Brantford Galaxy Youth Soccer Club, announced the season will kick-off at the new Kiwanis Field. One of Brantford’s best-kept secrets is that Brantford has a professional soccer team, so spread the word.

David McKee, Tourism Advisor Committee Chair, Brantford’s Official Town Crier. David shared that he placed 3rd at the Bermuda International Town Crier Competition. He will be fundraising for a trip to Nova Scotia in September for a Canada 150 event and is attending a National competition in Kingston in a couple of weeks. Contact Dave if you would like to help sponsor his upcoming competitions.

Linda Bazoian, TD Canada Trust – Sunrise Rotary Roughneck Mud Run will be held on Saturday, June 10th. Unlike other runs of this kind, this mud run is raising money for the Alzheimers Association. Offer to everyone in the room – if you raise $50 in sponsorships, print a pledge form and bring it with you on Saturday and they will let you in.

Steve Torell, Heads or Tails Gaming – Yahtzee Tournament coming up June 24 at 6:00 p.m. Pokemon TCG Tournament to be held June 25. He can run a gaming fundraiser for you to help your organization raise money, so contact him if you are interested in that.

Robert Lavigne, The Digital Grapevine – Shoutout to BHI for the amazing work they did for the Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament once again. What a huge success for Brantford.

Sandy Kunej, Dr., Family Care Chiropractic, just got back from a visit to Canada Place in BC where they have divided the pier into different provinces. They have featured 10 different cities or towns in each province and Brantford was one of 10 inscribed in Ontario, so it was a proud moment for him and all of us too.

Stephanie Barrett, Natural Path Fitness, announced her October 7th event for Pedal Paddle Pace – it involves a cycle to Paris, canoe to Brant Park and run back to the gym. You can register online on the Natural Path Fitness website.

Thank you all for attending.  The next meeting will be held Thursday, September 14th at Galaxy Cinemas. If you have an upcoming event or have something to share with the group, contact Tourism Brantford to be added to the agenda. Also, feel free to reach out to us over the summer to promote your events through our Discover Brantford blog and social media channels as well.


Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre

City of Brantford Tourism

Jewel 92/Hometown Radio CKPC AM

Brant United Way

Kiwanis Field

Brantford Burst





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