Five years on the surface doesn’t seem like a long time. Five years ago, we saw our first ever Latin American pope, a new royal baby, and the word “twerk” enter our lexicon forever. Justin Bieber peed in a bucket, Paula Deen was caught using racial slurs, and late Toronto mayor Rob Ford admitted to being a crack user.
On the bright side, we also saw the birth of something local and awesome. Something that would change the landscape of local fatherhood indelibly.
What started out as a casual idea between two new friends and young dads turned into a full-fledged movement. Dad Club London was borne of the concept that dads needed to connect and support each other; and unlike the Archie Bunker image of yesteryear it was now okay and totally cool for dads to be emotional, sensitive, present, active, and engaged in the life of their children.
Our original idea was for a group in which we would create a network of dads to cheer successes, guide through challenges, and have in-person playdates and dad nights out quickly became much more.
After two years, the organization came up with the mission of “creating better dads, a stronger community, and a brighter future for our children.”
Our very first monetary donation came in June of 2015, when a virtual hat was passed amongst members, and $1000 was collected for the Corus Radiothon for Children’s Health Foundation. This success created a veritable landslide of future generosity.
Slightly more than three years later, Dad Club London has reached an entirely unanticipated milestone.
November’s Board of Directors meeting featured three sets of special guests invited to celebrate a momentous occasion in our history. We took the opportunity to recognize their outstanding work in the service of their clients and our community.
These agencies are:
London Abused Women’s Centre provides abused and exploited women and children over the age of 12 with counselling, advocacy and support. They also provide support and counselling to family members of women and girls who have been prostituted/sex trafficked, including women and girls who are missing or disappeared. November is “Shine The Light On Women Abuse” month, and Dad Club London proudly stands as allies in support of the critical and wonderful work being done by the fantastic staff and volunteers of this essential agency.
George Bray Sports Association is celebrating their 50th year of providing kids with special needs the chance to develop confidence and sense of participation through hockey. They are a non-profit league where every child is provided with equal ice time, regardless of ability.