Nominations now open for 2017 Victorian Father of the Year

03-Jul-2017 10:48 AM

YMCA Victoria and the Father’s Day Council of Victoria are searching for exemplary fathers, and father figures to be nominated for the 2017 Victorian Father of the Year award.

Father’s Day Council Acting Chair Peter Burns said, “The Victorian Father of the Year Award acknowledges fathers and father figures who an extraordinary impact on children’s lives”.

“There are many dads, and their surrogates across the state, whose dedication to raising resilient children goes unrecognised despite the fact that raising a child is one of life’s most precious gifts."

“For these children and families, their Dads are superheroes. Always there when they’re needed, interested in their children’s lives and putting themselves and their needs second.” Mr Burns said.

YMCA Executive Officer Michelle Bruggeman said the award recognises and celebrates fathers and positive male role models.

“We are not just looking for dads; we’re seeking nominations for father figures, it could be an uncle, a step-father, a grandfather or a teacher.”

“Anyone can nominate. If you have a dad or father figure who goes the extra mile we want to hear from you!” Bruggeman said.

To nominate visit:
Nominations close 11th August, 2017.

The Father’s Day Council of Victoria is an independent association established in 1956 to celebrate and recognise the important role that fathers and father figures play in family life. We will consider all Community Father of the Year recipients as well as nominations direct from the public when selecting the 2017 Victorian Father.

Did you know Father’s Day began at the YMCA?
It was founded in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, William Jackson Smart, had raised six children on his own. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day, Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honouring them.

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