In honour of a remarkable volunteer
John Filion Ward 23 Councillor
Before praising Brant Snow, I’ll need to apologize to him for it. Brant didn’t like to be singled out, preferring to blend in with the team, as if he really thought there was nothing special about what he accomplished over four decades as the most exceptional community volunteer I have ever seen.
Brant passed away Feb. 15, after years of heading up the Goulding Park Hockey Association and playing key roles in many local and regional sports organizations.
He was such a household name at Goulding that, for years, I thought he worked at the arena. He set up an office there and knew everybody who passed through its doors. For years, he kept an index card file on even the littlest house league player, so he could make sure the teams were even and that every kid could be a winner. He kept track of everything, caring only about what was good for everybody else.
When Goulding had its 50th anniversary 10 years ago, the association tried to honour him with a trip to his native Newfoundland. Brant gave it back, wanting the money to go to children. Another time, in the City of North York days, Brant came to our parks and recreation committee to talk about the impact on hockey groups of a sudden fee increase. Because Brant was hugely influential in sports circles, one councillor immediately offered to offset Goulding’s increase. No, he couldn’t accept any special treatment, he said quietly.
There are few people in this world as naturally good as Brant Snow who have such a profound impact on their community.
Sorry Brant. It needed to be said.