Nominations now open for 2017 Victorian Father of the Year

  • Date: 03 July 2017
  • Category: News
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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 have 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.  

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Nominations close 11th August, 2017.

Last year's Victorian Father of the Year was 41-year-old Eltham resident Terry Mitropoulos. Terry’s story is truly remarkable. His strength, courage, love and dedication to his family has willed him through the most unimaginable challenges. He has been, and continues every day to be an inspiration to his wife Belinda and sons, 12-year-old Jonah and 10-year-old Christos. You can read his story here.