The Father’s Day Council of Victoria named 40-year-old Andrew Streader, a machine-operator and father of three from Pakenham, as Victoria’s 2011 Father of the Year.
Andrew was nominated by his youngest daughter Hayley, 11, through the local YMCA Community Father of the Year in Cardinia.
Hayley was born with neurofibromatosis, a chronic condition which has left her blind in one eye, partially deaf, with her h
eart in the centre and facial deformities caused by benign tumours around her nerves.
“My dad always makes me feel wanted in life,” the 11-year-old from Pakenham’s St Patrick’s Primary School wrote. “After my mum died, he stepped up into looking after me. He always cares for me by making sure I’m okay whenever I’m upset and he supports me in my karate….my dad is a very loving father who always puts others first. He is a very hard worker, and he is a very kind man.”
Hayley’s mother Tina died from cancer three years ago and Andrew stepped up from being a “part-time” fun dad to full-time single parent to Hayley and her brother Lachlan, now 13.
Andrew has since found happiness with fiancé Tiana Moore. She said: “He doesn’t think he does a very good job, but he does. Hayley’s belief in him confirms just how much he means to not only Hayley and Lachlan, but also to my daughter Kimberley, 12.
Father’s Day Council Chair Don Parsons said: “Andrew is a worthy recipient of this award that recognises and celebrates the significant role fathers and male role models play in our community. Andrew represents the many dads out there doing the best they can every day for their children.”