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    Nathan Froment holds his daughter Evelynn as they sign up for Dad’s Day in the Park. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Declan and Charley Sefton munch on some cold freezies. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Sid Wiseman encouraged his 18-month-old daughter Sidney to play in the water features at Rotary Park. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Chris Pombiere made sure that his son Anthony was covered in sunscreen before taking him out to play. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Two-year-old Dominic Moreau had a blast playing. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Yoga has no age minimum. Easton, 4, learns to do yoga with the help of Matt Deschryver. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



6th Annual Dad’s Day in the Park

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Tuesday July 9, 2019

The 6th Annual Dad’s Day in the Park was an opportunity for fathers to bond with their kids and have a little fun outside.

As an initiative of Dad Central in Renfrew County, it put the focus on male caregiving and the impact a male role model has on a child’s development. While designed to be a fun romp, the event also helped promote the role of fathers in healthy child development and heightened an awareness of how invaluable and irreplaceable a masculine figure is to a child.

The event was held on June 1 at Rotary Park in Pembroke and saw hundreds of families greeting the sunshine and play. Different stations were set up with games, activities and treats, and the children could collect stamps at each area for a chance to win a fabulous prize.

“We think it is very important to promote the male caregivers in the lives of their children,” said one of the organizers Tracy Laichalk. “Males and females deliver different things to how kids are raised and it is important to have both perspectives.”

It took many partners to bring about the event including the Rotary Club, Renfrew County Milk Producers, Ry-J’s Climbing Adventures, Giant Tiger, Stacy Graveline, the Renfrew County District Health Unit, Family and Children Services of Renfrew County, The Renfrew County Social Services and Women’s Shelter and Support Services. the County of Renfrew Social Services, the Phoenix Centre, the Petawawa Public Library, the Pembroke Public Library, the Home Depot, EarlyOn Child and Family Centre, the Shed, the City of Pembroke and countless volunteers including committee members.