Roger Lehmann, pictured with wife Fiona and children Kyle, Eric, Tayla and Ashlee, has just been announced as the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Father of the Year.
Roger Lehmann, pictured with wife Fiona and children Kyle, Eric, Tayla and Ashlee, has just been announced as the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Father of the Year. Scottie Simmonds

Father of Year award makes his day

FATHERHOOD is something no man should go without experiencing, according to Queensland Father of the Year award recipient Roger Lehmann.

It’s no secret to those who know him that Mr Lehmann is a special sort of guy.

The father of four was named as the Scripture Union of Queensland’s top dad for the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay yesterday in recognition of his achievements as a dad and his involvement in the local community.

Mr Lehmann has had two daughters with wife Fiona and adopted two sons from the Philippines.

He is a regular guest of local schools, where he acts as motivational speaker and encourages young people to achieve their full potential.

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The commercial developer said fatherhood had marked a significant turning point in his life and was something to be embraced and celebrated.

“You’re not the same person once you have a child,” he said.

“It’s an awesome feeling and it’s something that changes you for good.”

Mr Lehmann said the arrival of his two adopted sons, Eric and Kyle, had also been a blessing to his family.

“I’m a big believer that every child deserves a family,” he said.

“Australia has a lot to offer them and they’ve enriched our lives considerably.”

Mr Lehmann is one of six regional Queensland fathers of the year and is now in the running for the statewide award.

“I don’t think I’m anything too special,” he said.

“I think all fathers deserve a pat on the back.”

The Queensland Father of the Year will be announced at a function in Brisbane on September 1.


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