DAVE LEVAC MPP

MPP for Brant (Ontario)
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario Canada

Dave Levac

Dave Levac (MPP for Brant, Ontario) was born and raised in Brant, where he lives with his wife, Rosemarie, and their three children.

Community service has always been a top priority for Dave, which culminated for him in 1997 with four major accomplishments: he served as Coordinator for the Queen's Visit to Brantford, Chairperson and Founder of Brantford's Walk of Fame, Founder and Vice-Chair of the Walter Gretzky C.N.I.B. Celebrity Golf Tournament, and Vice-Chair of the Brant United Way Campaign.

Dave's many contributions to life in Brant and Brantford was recognized
when he was named 1997's Citizen of the Year by readers of The
                                                     Brantford Expositor.

In 1998, Dave founded and chaired the Friends of the Firefighters Committee, which raised over $100,000 for the purchase of thermal imaging cameras for the Brantford Fire Department. In 2001, the Friends of the Firefighters raised over $50,000 to purchase thermal imagers for the County of Brant Fire Department.

Dave also received the Canada 125 Medal in 1993, an Ontario Service Award in 1998, and recently received the YMCA Canada Peace Medal in 2008. Some of the other organizations Dave has been involved with are: The Heart & Stroke Foundation, Knights of Columbus, Brantford Boy's C.Y.O. Basketball and Brantford Girl's C.Y.O. Basketball, Circle of Friends, the Parkinson Society of Canada, and is Honourary Chair for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Brant, and also, is involved with the Telephone City Car Show, and especially, the Thank-A-Vet Luncheon. Dave has had an exceptional career in education. After teaching elementary and secondary school for 12 years, Dave became a principal in 1989. In his capacity as a principal, Dave developed Peace Park and conflict resolution programs, for which he received OECTA's Distinguished Teacher Award in 1994.

Dave was first elected to the Provincial legislature for the riding of Brant in 1999, when he served as the Public Safety & Security Critic and the South Central Liberal Caucus Chair. In his first two terms, Dave had two private member's bills successfully receive Royal Assent: Firefighters' Memorial Day Act, 2000; and Sabrina's Law, 2005; and two private bills: 1205458 Ontario Ltd. Act, 2001; and Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton Act, 2006. Dave continues to support many stakeholders with the introduction of private member's bills. In the third term, Dave has introduced the Made in Ontario Act, 2008; the Bill of Rights for Pupils with Diabetes, 2008; the Holodomor Memorial Day Act, 2008; the Building Code Amendment Act (Storm Water Harvesting), 2008; the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Scented Products), 2008 ; and the Students Against Impaired and Distracted Driving Day Act, 2008; and reintroduced the Education Amendment Act (Organ Donation Education), 2008; the Peace Officers' Memorial Day and Memorial Act, 2008; and the Environmental Protection Amendment Act (Industrial Facilities), 2008; private member's bills. He also co-sponsored the Smoke-Free Amendment Act (Cigarillos), 2008, which received Royal Assent and the Holodomor Memorial Day Act, 2009.

Dave's work on behalf of his community was rewarded when he ran again in 2003 and received a greater share of the vote. In October 2003, the new Premier, Dalton McGuinty, appointed Dave Chief Government Whip and Vice-Chair of Cabinet's Education Committee; and in 2005, Dave was promoted to Chair of Cabinet's Education Committee.

Since 2003, Dave has been instrumental in bringing good news into the riding of Brant. In addition to funding announcements of all kinds, Dave worked to get the Brantford General Hospital approval of the long sought after MRI; he obtained funding for the Brantford campuses of Wilfrid Laurier and Nipissing Universities; he moved the Community Health Centre and Family Health Team forward so that Brant residents have access to more health care; and Dave brought provincial funding for Brownfield redevelopment in the City of Brantford.

Elected for a third term in 2007, Dave was appointed Parliamentary Assistant for Correctional Services. He is the Chair for the Economic, Environmental and Resources Policy (EERP) Committee and a member of the Standing Committee on Social Policy. In addition, he was asked by the former Speaker of the House of the Assembly of Ontario to be the government representative for the Council of State Government/Eastern Region Committee (CSG/ERC) and the new Speaker has re-confirmed this appointment. With regional members' consent, Dave has been re-appointed by the Premier as South Central Liberal Caucus Chair. Recently Dave has been named Vice-Chair of the Ontario-Quebec Parlimentary Association (OQPA). THe OQPA was established to foster the development of interparlimentary cooperation between the Assemblies of Quebec and Ontario.

During the October 10, 2007 provincial election, residents of the riding of Brant saw a change to the make up of their riding boundaries. Dave now represents, within the riding, the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, the Six Nations Territory, and the Mississaugas of New Credit Territory.

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