The Brantford Sports Council announced a new Community Ambassador Award at the 16th annual Sports Awards and Recognition Ceremony on March 12, 2022. The Alan R. Cook Foundation is the sponsor of this new award.

The Community Ambassador Award recipient is selected by the Brantford Sports Council Executive Committee and awarded annually to an individual for their lifetime contributions and support of the youth sports in our community.

DAVE LEVAC was the first recipient of the Community Ambassador Award, he became a teacher in the early 1980s, and a principal in Brantford in 1989. He is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1999 to 2018 and was elected Speaker of the House in 2011.

Dave served 19 years in the Legislature, seven as Speaker. He is the longest serving Speaker in Ontario history.
Dave has been a huge supporter of youth sports for countless years, and in 2014 he sponsored The Award of Excellence for Sport Officiating.


RON BIRKETT was the recipient of the Community Ambassador Award for his lifetime contributions and support of youth sports. Over the years he coached minor baseball, hockey, and football. He was a member of the Brantford Minor Baseball and Junior CKPC Braves Executive where he coached and managed for 10 years, the Braves won the OBA in 1987.

He was a member of the Brantford Red Sox Executive owned by Mike Calbeck. He is currently a member of the Selection Committee of the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition and was inducted into the Sports Hall as an Honouree in 1995 for his work in Baseball. He served many years on the Brantford Sports Council and is presently a member of the Brant Curling Club and member of the Walter Gretzky Golf Club.