Australian Community Father of The Year 2023
Dodzi Kpodo: A Beacon of Fatherhood and Community
Meet Dodzi Kpodo, a remarkable man whose journey as a father and community leader has touched the lives of many in Coffs Harbour. Australian Community Father of the Year 2023, Dodzi’s story is one of resilience, compassion, and unwavering dedication.
Dodzi’s impact spans far and wide. As an incredible father and stepfather, he embodies the values of patience, kindness, respect, diligence, and amazement. His journey began in 2010 when he arrived in Australia as a refugee from Ghana, Africa. Since then, he has not only built a loving family but has become a true community leader.
A beacon of support for refugees, Dodzi has organized numerous cultural events that bridge the gap between communities. As a Refugee Case Manager, he extends his caring nature to the elderly and ill, selflessly lending a hand with tasks big and small.
Dodzi’s journey as a father is nothing short of inspirational. Over the past decade, he has been a loving stepfather, helping raise a son who is now 16, and later marrying to welcome a son of his own into the world. In the face of adversity, he stepped up when his father’s passing left him and his wife to become guardians for his youngest sister.
Despite personal challenges and the lack of support from his own family, Dodzi’s commitment to his children’s well-being knows no bounds. His dedication is evident in his role as a coach for his son’s local soccer team, where he imparts the discipline, skills, and teamwork that will serve them throughout life.
In a profound conversation with Dodzi, we learn of his love for fatherhood and the meaningful moments that define his journey. Holding his baby son and giving him his first bath was a significant cultural shift, a moment of honour and a promise to protect and nurture. Dodzi’s passion for sports, coaching, and nurturing young minds is evident as he shares his belief in the transformative power of discipline and teamwork.
Dodzi’s fathering tip is one of wisdom: be kind to yourself, for the love and guidance you give your children will shape their future. It’s a reminder that the lessons of patience, respect, diligence, and kindness are the legacies we leave for the next generation.
Dodzi Kpodo, a man of many talents and an extraordinary father, stands as a testament to the values we hold dear. His journey reflects the beauty of fatherhood, community, and the incredible impact one person can have on the lives of many.
A heartfelt message from Dodzi
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