Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:
- To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
- To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.
Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.
This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.
Our ninth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Cedrick Belzile from Canada.
The Dad Bio
Cedrick is a 29 year old Carpenter living in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and son. He works as a hockey referee and enjoys playing golf, hockey, fishing, and camping with his family. Cedrick met his wife while in trade school in 2006 and had their son in 20 October 2011; they married shortly after in June 2013. They both work full-time and are trying to expand their family.
1. What is the best thing about being a dad?
The best thing about being a dad is the unconditional love that I have for him. Waking up in the morning and seeing him is just amazing and the best part of my day. The way a kid sees things make you appreciate life and all the little things so much more. They always look at you as a role model and learn so much from you.
2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?
My father showed me how to respect women through the way he treated my mom. He never put her down or talked negatively about her, and he never made it seem like women were anything less than men. He promoted equality and was always polite and respectful. I try to be the same kind of role model with my son, always being respectful to his mother, in hopes that he will learn to do the same.
3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?
Besides being positive role models for young men and boys, men need to be more active in the community, especially organisations that target violence against women, and encourage their sons to participate. They need to ensure that they educate their children on how to treat and respect women. Men also need to expose their sons to the types of violence that takes place in the world, which would hopefully empower them to take a stand in stopping that violence.