I’m Dean Hollander I have been raised my whole life in Geelong. My partner is Claire McNamarra. We have two sons together, Josh who is 2.5 years old and Chace who is 4 months old. I love being involved in my sons lives, particularly as Josh is growing up, taking him out of the house and involving him in different activities and promoting the connection to his culture. I was lucky enough to grow up in the strong Wathaurong Community but in my later years I fell off track a little. Having a supportive partner in Claire and becoming a father to Josh and now Chace, I have found such an importance to being a positive role model. With the help of my Wathaurong In Home Support worker I am now enrolled in and doing my Certificate IV in Community Services. I am looking forward to finishing that and being able to give back to community and give my boys the best start I can.
My tip for other dads is to not let your past limit your future.