Since 1999 there have been hundreds of volunteers and staff tirelessly give their time to DIDs. Unfortunately some have left us, may they Rest in Peace
For many years Peter was a volunteer group facilitator, Helpline operator, and great supporter of dads needing help. He often was a valuable contributor on DIDs training and planning weekends, and when he spoke people listened.
A great bloke and family man, Peter passed on due to illness 19 October 2014, and is fondly remembered by his wife Miriam, his children and grand children. Many of his fellow volunteers from Chester Hill, Bankstown and other Sydney areas made a special effort to reunite and remember Peter.
Peter featured in the short film 'Every second weekend' that made the final 16 at Tropfest 2010, depicting how vital the DIDs groups are.
He is greatly missed.
Mac came to DIDs in 2007 and worked and volunteered his time on the national Helpline taking calls from parents that range from simple information sharing, to extremely distressed men that have no idea how or why their world has been turned upside down. Mac was amazing in the way he was able to connect with the callers and put things into perspective. He had a unique, calm way of listening - and he always knew when he would be most effective by ‘not being politically correct’.
In his time at DIDs Mac directly supported around 10,000 people. 96% of our clients express satisfaction with our services and state that we have helped to make a positive difference to their lives. How do you measure Mac’s contribution to society?
We received many tributes to Mac when he passed in July 2015, including;
Mac gave an enormous amount of time and energy to support fathers and families around the whole of Australia. You will be missed mate and your legacy lives on.
Through all the dramas, hiring's, firings, fights, arguments, resignations, tantrums, at least 5 CEO's, and thousands of calls; there was Mac. Ever reliable and affable. I have never heard him say a bad word about anyone and I never heard a client say a bad word about him.
Mac you were the first voice thousands of distressed dads really connected with, you truly listened and understood where they were coming from and what they were going through. You were the one they listened to when you told them to hang in there and call again whenever they needed someone to talk to. You did your work quietly and with humility and really without understanding the profound difference you made to thousands of dads. May you find peace and comfort as you leave us with fond memories and lessons we have learned from you.
Mac, in some ways, incorporated all the values that DIDS stands for. He was a good man. Every organisation needs a Mac.
Mac was extremely well respected by all who knew him at DIDs, and is fondly remembered by his mum, wife, 7 children, and his grandchildren