Calling all super dads! Nominations now open for 2018 Victorian Father of the Year

Jason Stack 2017
2017 Winner Jason Stack with his family

YMCA Victoria and the Father’s Day Council of Victoria are searching for superhero fathers, and father figures for the 2018 Victorian Father of the Year award.

Now in its 62nd year Father’s Day Council Acting Chair Peter Burns said the award is a chance for families and communities to acknowledge and celebrate the often unrecognised commitment and support fathers and father figures provide.

“The Victorian Father of the Year is a state-wide search for a dads or father figures who are truly superheroes; but without the capes and tights.

“Countless research shows a positive male role model is crucial to a child’s social, emotional and physical wellbeing. These role models will do anything for the children and young people in their lives, often completely unnoticed and unasked,” he said.

YMCA Executive Officer Michelle Bruggeman encourages everyone to nominate the superhero in your life.

“Whether that’s your dad, uncle, step-father, teacher, coach or pa. What could be a better Father’s Day present than the opportunity to be recognised as the Victorian Father of the Year?”

Recent Victorian Father of the Year winners include Geelong father-of-three Jason Stack, who supported his family after the tragic death of his wife and Eltham dad-of-two Terry Mitropoulos who survived severe brain tumours.

Since 1956 the Father’s Day Council has named a Victorian Father of the Year with the support of YMCA Victoria. The YMCA founded Father’s Day in 1910 in the USA.

Nominations close 8 August, 2018.