6-Year Milestone, “Celebrating Fatherhood
Our Annual, “Celebrating Fatherhood” Dinner and show, will honour fathers, mentors and fathers-to-be.
Launched in 2009, Fathers Across Cultures (FAC), continues to reduce the frustrations that our young men experience and help foster the innate leadership qualities they possess. The FAC program was inaugurated from the many gun violent deaths in our communities, in an effort to promote healing and youth productivity.
We hope to create a better understanding of how to successfully navigate today’s emotional, social and economic challenges in positive, healthy ways. Our leaders and participants support each other in leading lives of quality, unity, integrity, responsibility and leadership.
• To educate, support and empower fathers from a ‘trans-cultural’ perspective.
• To improve the well-being of children, by strengthening our families. And…
• Significantly increase the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES - “Q-u-I-r-L” CONCEPT:
QUALITY: By exemplifying positive actions, leading by examples and by learning from each other, participating fathers/mentors will become better men, but more importantly, their children will have “quality” dads.
UNITY: Emphasizing the need for “unity” in the home which translates not only to a unified family, but also a unified community and society.
INTEGRITY: Providing a safe environment for participants to relate in honesty and truthfulness by helping one another work out latent issues and enhance strong character, attitude and traits.
RESPONSIBILITY: Stressing the importance of relationships based on “quality time.” Through relevant workshops and mentoring, men will understand how to navigate today’s emotional, social and economic challenges in positive, healthy ways, and understand that “fatherhood” is no longer necessarily based on a biological bond, but rather on: a) the level of importance they place on their responsibility as fathers; b) social realities; and c) their ability to effectively rise to the present challenges in their homes and communities.
LEADERSHIP: By exemplifying effective leadership qualities within the family, fathers will also positively affect the lives of youth and men who will themselves become “Q-u-I-r-L” fathers of tomorrow.
Canada's Champions of Change is a contest celebrating volunteerism. Reverend Sky Starr was honoured as one of Canada's Top 50 Volunteers in this year's competition.
Learn More on Rev. Sky's Champions of Change Profile Page Where you can read about why Rev. Sky Volunteers, watch an interview and video profile which was broadcast on CBC Connect, with Mark Kelley, November 8, 2010.
On Sunday, September 19, 2010 fifty‐eight (58) parents, children and youth representing Fathers Across Cultures participated in a bus trip to Hamilton, Ontario. The literacy event Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories is a celebration of more than 20 Canadian leading children’s writers, illustrators, storytellers and musicians. Fathers Across Cultures attended the many displays, storytelling sessions and even saw a live demonstration of how an old printing press was operated. Members were treated to a free nutritious lunch and each child and youth from Fathers Across Cultures received free books.
Please download our summary of the event for further details