Awards Recognise Local Dads

Published on 28 August 2019

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Two Moyne Shire residents have been recognised at the presentation of the local Father of Year 2019 awards in Warrnambool.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Warrnambool and Brophy Family and Youth Services, the annual awards are promoted throughout primary schools in Warrnambool and Moyne Shire, and children encouraged to nominate their father or a male father-figure.

After attending the awards presentation at City Memorial Bowls Club this morning, Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe said awards were given in different categories based on the age groups of children nominating.

“These awards are a great way to celebrate the role dads play in their children’s lives, particularly in the lead up to Father’s Day,” Cr Wolfe said.

“Two Moyne Shire fathers, both with children at Port Fairy Consolidated School, received Father of the Year awards.

“Zade Lee’s dad Paddy won the award in the Prep, Grade 1 and 2 category following Zade’s pictorial nomination of him and his dad fishing.

“In the Grade 3 and 4 category, Dean Dwyer won the award after his daughter Lexie nominated him for the work he does in the community as a lifeguard, football coach and as a school teacher.”

More than 1400 nominations were received from children across 16 schools in the two shires, with Koroit and District Primary School receiving an award for overall participation.

“KDPS got an award after 95% of all students submitted a nomination to the Father of the Year Awards,” Cr Wolfe said.

“Well done to Principal Marina Milich and the teachers at the school for encouraging the students to get involved.”