2014 Winners

The 2014 Queensland Father of the Year is:

Andrew Butwell

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Father of four, Andrew Butwell, was left a paraplegic after an alleged assault in November 2006. Despite this dreadful situation, Andrew continued in his fatherly duties. Acting as a single parent, he had the full responsibility of running the home and nurturing his children. Within six months of his assault, Andrew returned to part-time work, and was back working fulltime 12 months after his injuries. In 2012, he earned his Masters of Mental Health Nursing.

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Regional Winners

 

Darren GeisslerSunshine Coast & Wide Bay

Darren Geissler

Despite running several family-owned beef properties, father of three Darren Geissler is rarely seen without his family by his side. Darren attends his children’s school functions and sports events; reads a book to his boys each night before bed; and plays sports with them most days after school. He continues to remain positive, despite droughts, floods and fire impacting his farm. Darren is a local Rural Fire Brigade officer; Biggenden Show Society president; school volunteer; and junior sports coach.

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Peter BeasleySouthern Queensland

Peter Beasley

Peter Beasley, a father to two daughters, is an inspiring dad and husband. Peter’s wife and one of his daughters both struggle with debilitating health issues that affect every aspect of their daily lives. His daughter has physical impairments that require specialised care, which Peter lovingly and faithfully provides. Peter facilitated a Christian youth program in Clifton for several years, which drew more than 100 teenagers a night. Peter is currently senior pastor at his local church.

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Damien HobsonGold Coast & Logan

Damien Hobson

Damien Hobson, a father of three with another baby on the way, has shown outstanding commitment to raising his own children and youth in the community. As a youth pastor, Damien devotes a great deal of time each week to helping and encouraging children in Beenleigh’s low socioeconomic areas. He is always available to chat to young people who are in need – day or night. Although overcoming financial challenges, Damien selflessly provides for his family and other community members.

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Murray PearceNorthern Queensland

Murray Pearce

A former police officer, Murray Pearce is an exemplary father to his children. His partner tragically died after giving birth to their second child, leaving Murray to raise two children as a single dad. He juggles full-time work, coaching junior sport, supporting his teenage daughter, and managing the demands of a pre-school child. In 2012, Murray’s new partner sustained severe spinal injuries in her line of duty as a policewoman, and Murray took on the responsibility of helping rehabilitate her.

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Kelly MajorCentral Queensland

Kelly Major

Father to two, Kelly Major, spends his free time hanging out with his sons, whether its water skiing, fishing or campdrafting (a sport involving a horse and rider working cattle). Kelly is an outstanding member of Baralaba’s community, volunteering on the P&C committee; coaching the junior rugby league team; and facilitating the school’s ‘Limitless’ program for at-risk boys. His wife has experienced some health challenges, so Kelly has often taken responsibility for caring for his sons. Kelly works at a local mine and runs a successful farm.

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Greg JohnsonMetro South

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, a father of three, lives with a degenerative disc disease. Despite multiple surgeries and ongoing pain, Greg volunteers at his children’s swim club; serves on the P&C committee; is a local rugby club board member; and coordinates the school’s tennis competition. He coaches the local under-12s rugby league team and often helps single-parent families by driving children to-and-from training sessions and games. Previously a nurse and detention centre youth worker, Greg currently helps people living with disabilities.

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Andrew ButwellMetro North

Andrew Butwell

Father of four, Andrew Butwell, was left a paraplegic after an alleged assault in November 2006. Despite this dreadful situation, Andrew continued in his fatherly duties. Acting as a single parent, he had the full responsibility of running the home and nurturing his children. Within six months of his assault, Andrew returned to part-time work, and was back working fulltime 12 months after his injuries. In 2012, he earned his Masters of Mental Health Nursing.