2013 Father of the Year for Victoria to be announced

The announcement of the recipient of the 2013 Father of the Year for Victoria will take place on Monday 26 August at 11am.

Thousands of nominations have been received so far from submissions made via local YMCA Community Father of the Year awards, and direct to the Father’s Day Council.

As in previous years, the presentation will be made at Council Chambers, Melbourne Town Hall.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Father of the Year for Victoria

The word is out – we are looking for Victoria’s top Dad. 

Last year’s Father of the Year was 59 year old Italian immigrant Romeo Biancofiore, of St Albans. “In most kids’ lives their hero is usually a sports star, Hollywood actor or some sort of celebrity. But mine has always been my dad,” said his youngest son, Rob, 27 who put his Dad’s name forward in 2012.

Romeo single-handedly raised Rob and his brother Anthony after his wife’s death 15 years ago, and remains actively involved in their lives as adults, as well as helping care for his elderly parents. He’s a traditional hard-working Australian dad turned primary parent and carer, with the close relationship he enjoys with his sons forged in those tough years of adversity.

Father’s Day Council Chair Don Parsons said there were many dads working hard to do the very best they could every day for their children. “Ordinary people can have an extraordinary impact on children’s lives,” Mr Parsons said.

“This award recognises and celebrates the significant role fathers and male role models play in our community. We’re not just looking for dads, we’re seeking nominations for father figures so it could be an uncle, a step-father, a grandfather or a coach.”

For the past ten years, the YMCA has supported the Father’s Day Council of Victoria Inc. and co-ordinated a local Community Father of the Year in every region where there is a Y. The Father’s Day Council of Victoria considers all Community Father of the Year recipients as well as nominations direct from the public when selecting the Father of the Year for Victoria.

To nominate a dad or father figure, complete the Nomination form.

Nominations close 2nd August 2013.

The 2013 Father of the Year for Victoria will be named in a ceremony during the last week of August at the Melbourne Town Hall.

For further information contact:

Shona Eland
Father’s Day Council of Victoria
Mobile: 0400 179 369

Don Parsons
Chair – Father’s Day Council of Victoria Inc.
Mobile: 0419 544 744

View the selection criteria.

2012 – Romeo Biancofiore

The Father’s Day Council of Victoria today (Monday 27 August, 11.30am) announced 59 year old Italian immigrant Romeo Biancofiore, of St Albans, as Victoria’s 2012 Father of the Year.

2012 Father of the Year for Victoria Romeo Biancofiore

“In most kids’ lives their hero is usually a sports star, Hollywood actor or some sort of celebrity. But mine has always been my dad,” says his youngest of two sons, Rob, 27.

Like so many of the 2,000 nominees, Romeo shone most strongly in the eyes of those who care about them most – their children.

Romeo single-handedly raised Rob and his brother Anthony after his wife’s death 15 years ago, and remains actively involved in their lives as adults, as well as helping care for his elderly parents.  He’s a traditional hard-working Australian dad turned primary parent and carer, with the close relationship he enjoys with his adult sons forged in those tough years of adversity.

Migrating to Australia with his Italian family when he was six and with limited English, Romeo struggled through school, joined the workforce at 12, and married another Italian immigrant, Nella, in his early 20s, after spending three years in the Australian Army.

Like many traditional families of the time, Romeo worked two, sometimes three jobs to support with wife and children – and Rob with his wife Belinda is currently doing much the same to get ahead and pay off their home in Caroline Springs.  Anthony, 31, is likewise a hard worker, managing business systems and data at a major metropolitan hospital.

As a result of the long hours and hard work Romeo has arthritis in both knees and endured several operations, the last of which caused a minor heart attack.

Romeo remains a committed carer, spending his day visiting his wife at the cemetery before going to his parents’ house where he provides much needed respite for his sisters, who care for his mum and dad who both suffer from dementia.

“He is the most loyal, hardworking, loving father, husband, brother, son, uncle and friend,” says Rob. “Genuine in every way. The type of person who put everything and everyone before himself. He is a gentleman and respected by everyone everywhere he goes.”

“He is reliable, a man of his word, he never lets anyone down. Just an all-round good person with morals and generosity. Someone to look up to, mould your life around. A heart of gold and a smile of warmth, My Hero,” wrote Rob in his heartfelt nomination of his dad. “Every kid deserves a dad like this, I’m just over the moon he’s mine”.

“Romeo is a worthy recipient of this award that recognises and celebrates the significant role fathers and male role models play in the journey of life  for their children and acknowledges that ordinary people can have an extraordinary impact on children’s lives,” said Father’s Day Council Chair Don Parsons. “Romeo represents the many dads out there doing the best they can every day for their children.”

Since 1956, the Father’s Day Council of Victoria has named a Father of the Year for Victoria, to celebrate and recognise the important role fathers and father-figures play in family life and in the past eight years the YMCA has partnered the Council and co-ordinated the Local Community Father of the Year in every region where there is a YMCA.  The Father’s Day Council of Victoria considers all Local YMCA Community Father of the Year recipients when selecting the Victorian Father of the Year as well as nominations directly submitted to the Council.

“There were over 2000 amazing nominations this year, and we congratulate every single nominee for their continued dedication and enrichment of their children’s lives,” said Mr Parsons.

For further information contact:

Shona Eland
Father’s Day Council of Victoria
Mobile 0400 179 369

Don Parsons
Chair – Father’s Day Council of Victoria
Mobile 0419 544 744

Thousands of nominations received for the 2012 Father of the Year for Victoria

We are delighted that we have received over 2,000 nominations for this year’s Father of the Year for Victoria.

It’s been wonderful to review so many inspiring stories about dads and father figures doing their best for their children and the wider community.

Stay tuned for an announcement about this year’s recipient which will be made on Monday 27th August.

The Father’s Day Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their love and gratitude for the father or father-figure who has helped to shape their lives.

We value the contribution of each and every one of you.

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Father of the Year for Victoria

The award recognises exemplary fathers of outstanding character, to raise the profile of fathers dedicated to their families and family life, and to recognise and advance the status of good fathering practices.

Andrew Streader, 2011 Father of the Year for Victoria
Andrew Streader, 2011 Father of the Year for Victoria.

To nominate your father or father figure email mail@fathersdaycouncil.org.au or send your nomination to:

Father’s Day Council of Victoria Inc.
C/of YMCA Victoria
Level 1 582 Heidelberg Road
Fairfield VIC 3078

All nominations must outline the reason the candidate is worthy of recognition, contact details of the candidate and person nominating the candidate, and two referees for the candidate. Please read the full list of criteria.

Nominations close 3 August 2012.

Since 1956, the Father’s Day Council of Victoria has named a Victorian Father of the Year, in the lead up to the annual Father’s Day celebrations. Past winners include Bert Newton, Olympian Ron Clarke, basketball legends Lindsay Gaze and his son Andrew, and Olympic rower James Tomkins OAM.

Annually, a Local YMCA Community Father of the Year is awarded in every region where there is a YMCA. The Father’s Day Council of Victoria considers all Local Community Father of the Year recipients when selecting the Victorian Father of the Year. Visit the YMCA Victoria website for more information.

Download the media release: MR Victorian Father of the Year 2012 Nominations open.