2016 Winners

The 2016 Queensland Father of the Year is:

Gary Prior

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Artist, role model, father of seven children and foster father to four more, Juru man Gary Prior is passionate about educating his children about their culture, while also teaching them the virtues of humility, strength and purpose. Motivated to help young indigenous people, Gary teaches culture in schools through art, building bridges and closing gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous people. He actively serves his community across a wide range of initiatives, including mentoring young men who have come out of Juvenile Detention to help them successfully transition back into society.

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Regional Winners

Sunshine Coast & Wide Bay

Robby PetersRobby Peters

Growing up without a mother and with an ill father, Robby took on the role of caring for his siblings at an early age. Today, the proud father, described as generous and compassionate beyond comparison by those close to him, is an ever-present figure in his children’s lives and a community role model. He is an active member of his local indigenous community, where he mentors young men involved in “Black Swans” – a young indigenous touch football team for 12 to 25 year olds. Caring for others forms a strong part of who Robby is, particularly in his job as a Support Care Worker for Suncare.

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Brisbane

John MansfieldJohn Mansfield

Assistant to the Director of the Presbyterian Church for over 35 years and father to four sons, John Mansfield has been the driving force behind the ongoing success of youth camping programs within the Queensland Presbyterian Church. Director of Coaching for his local soccer club, Sunnybank Saints, John generously gives his time to see young people grow and reach their full potential. He is a humble, generous man and a committed mentor for the thousands of young camp leaders and football players he has mentored over the past two decades.

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North & Central Queensland

Gary PriorGary Prior

Artist, role model, father of seven children and foster father to four more, Juru man Gary Prior is passionate about educating his children about their culture, while also teaching them the virtues of humility, strength and purpose. Motivated to help young indigenous people, Gary teaches culture in schools through art, building bridges and closing gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous people. He actively serves his community across a wide range of initiatives, including mentoring young men who have come out of Juvenile Detention to help them successfully transition back into society.

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Southern Queensland

Tony StubbingsTony Stubbings

Paramedic, Tony Stubbings, doesn’t let the erratic nature of life in emergency services prevent him from being a supportive, loving father to his children. Despite being on call 24 hours a day, Tony makes time to be involved in his children’s lives in tangible ways, such as helping out in the school tuckshop, volunteering with Scouts, and supporting local sporting clubs. He has instilled in his children the importance of giving back to the community through his involvement in Camp Quality, which he has volunteered with for the last 20 years.

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South East Queensland

Bob EngwichtBob Engwicht

Loving father and grandfather, Bob Engwicht has a long history of caring for others. Father of three and foster father of many more, Bob has been the catalyst for many community programs, including the launch of a much-needed rehab centre in Tasmania. He demonstrates his sacrificial nature by providing driving lessons for under privileged teens, assisting at-risk youth with work-for-the-dole projects, and constantly supporting his extended family.

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Congratulations to all five finalists. You are all highly-deserving nominees and an inspiration to fathers across the state.