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Dr. Joel N. Myers receives Pennsylvania Fatherhood Award


Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder of Dads’ Resource Center and AccuWeather, received the Strong Families Commission inaugural Pennsylvania Fatherhood Award at the commission’s fifth annual meeting December 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pa. Myers was recognized for his leadership in developing the Strong Families Commission’s Symposium Organizing Committee’s campaign, “Brighter Futures for Our Children Through Greater Father Involvement.”

“Dr. Myers is being honored for his willingness to leave the comforts of the corporate world and demonstrate leadership that will undoubtedly draw other corporate giants to the struggle of men who want to care for their children and families, but face far too many systemic barriers that impede them from doing so,” said Dr. Rufus Sylvester Lynch, founder and chairman of the Strong Families Commission. “We thank him for his courage and willingness to lead us in collaboration with state leaders and father, child and family advocates across Pennsylvania to increase the conversation and build awareness of the contributions fathers can make to the well-being of children and families, as well as the urgent need for the establishment of the Pennsylvania Commission to Promote Greater Father Family Involvement.”

In his remarks, delivered on his behalf by DRC co-founder and board member Mark T. Lynch, Myers praised the partnership with Strong Families Commission to strengthen families and children by working to level the playing field for fathers.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished award,” said Dr. Myers, who is the father of seven children and the grandfather of 10. “I am grateful for and want to commend everyone who has worked so passionately and selflessly in this very important and meaningful endeavor to transform Pennsylvania into a model that leads the country in advocating for equal and critical rights for both parents.”

Other awards presented at the December 10 event were: Inaugural Philanthropic Award – Former Philadelphia Mayor Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. Inaugural Corporate AwardDavid A. Wyher, President & CEO Delta Community Supports, Inc. Irvis, Fields & Williams Distinguished Public Service Award – Pennsylvania State Representative Edward C. Gainey.

About Dads’ Resource Center

The Dads’ Resource Center was founded by Dr. Joel N. Myers, AccuWeather founder, chief executive officer and chairman in 2015. Its mission is to provide education, resources and advocacy for single fathers so they are able to fulfill their vital role in the well-being and healthy development of their children. At the heart, Dads’ Resource Center is a children’s advocacy organization that aims to ensure that each child has the appropriate involvement and contributions from both of their parents.

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