Past Winners

Our Queensland Fathers of the Year are all so-called ordinary men who are extraordinary in the eyes of their loved ones and their community. 

 

Jeremy Lange

2017 Queensland Father of the Year

Selfless, hard-working and positive – that’s 32-year old mining electrician from Mackay, Jeremy Lange.

Growing up without a positive male role model, Jeremy’s passion and dedication to his twins, Lachlan and Seth – who were diagnosed with autism at two years of age – is an inspiration to all who meet him. As a young, single dad, Jeremy shouldered the responsibility of overseeing his sons’ development, which included extensive occupational and speech therapy. He’s also actively involved in Mackay’s autism community.

In 2012 Jeremy met wife Rebecca, who describes him as a ‘super dad’ and her rock. In 2016 they welcomed baby Hugh into their happy, healthy and growing family.

Regional Winners

2016 Southern Queensland Father of the Year: Tony Stubbings

2016 Sunshine Coast / Wide Bay Queensland Father of the Year: Robby Peters

2016 Brisbane South Queensland Father of the Year: John Mansfield

2016 South East Queensland Father of the Year: Bob Engwicht

2016 North & Central Queensland Father of the Year: Gary Prior

Gary Prior

2016 Queensland Father of the Year

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.

Regional Winners

2016 Southern Queensland Father of the Year: Tony Stubbings

2016 Sunshine Coast / Wide Bay Queensland Father of the Year: Robby Peters

2016 Brisbane South Queensland Father of the Year: John Mansfield

2016 South East Queensland Father of the Year: Bob Engwicht

2016 North & Central Queensland Father of the Year: Gary Prior

Ben Tullipan

2015 Queensland Father of the Year

Australia’s worst injured survivor of the 2002 Bali Bombing, Ben Tullipan, lost both of his legs and sustained significant burns to 63% of his body. Despite being just five metres from the van which housed the bomb, Ben survived, even after medical professionals initially believed he was too injured to survive.

Eager to rehabilitate, Ben began to play golf which helped develop his balance, co-ordination and stability, all skills he would need to regain his independence. Never one to focus on himself, Ben soon began volunteering with the Queensland Amputee Golf Association. It was not long before Ben was President of the association. In this role, he has worked tirelessly to encourage and motivate fellow amputees, many of whom are also fathers, to regain their self-worth and build friendships with one another.

While Ben’s passion for helping others is evident, his greatest passion in life is his family. He is an active and caring father to his two children. Wife, Kerrie, will attest that he is a prominent part of his children’s lives; driving them to school and after-school sports; walking them to class; attending awards ceremonies and sports carnivals; and being their biggest supporters.

Regional Winners

2015 Southern Queensland Father of the Year: Graham Andrews

2015 Sunshine Coast / Wide Bay Queensland Father of the Year: Robbie Radel

2015 Brisbane South Queensland Father of the Year: Ron Longhurst

2015 South East Queensland Father of the Year: Ben Tullipan

2015 Central Queensland Father of the Year: Stephen Gellatly

2015 North Queensland Father of the Year: Andrew Holden

Andrew Butwell

2014 Queensland Father of the Year

ather 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.

Regional Winners

2014 Sunshine Coast & Wide Bay Father of the Year: Darren Geissler

2014 Southern Queensland Father of the Year: Peter Beasley

2014 Gold Coast & Logan Father of the Year: Damien Hobson

2014 Northern Queensland Father of the Year: Murray Pearce

2014 Central Queensland Father of the Year: Kelly Major

2014 Metro South Father of the Year: Greg Johnson

2014 Metro North Father of the Year: Andrew Butwell

CELEBRATING FATHERHOOD

The aim of the award is to recognise the significant role fathers play in their children’s well-being and development and to raise awareness of the value of fathers in the family and the community.

It identifies and honours outstanding fathers for their exceptional commitment to raising their children or for their exemplary contribution to the development of children in the community.

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2017 Queensland Father of the Year

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