We’re a group of dads, who live in town, and care deeply about our home, Milton.
After witnessing their wives having so much fun and meeting so many new people through a local moms group in Milton, co-founders James Secondino, Zane Mistry, Victor Teles and Ryan Sullivan thought…why should the moms have all the fun and thus, the Dads of Milton was born.
Beginning in 2014, the DOMs started off as a small group of 10-20 dads interacting over facebook, playing soccer and meeting up at local hangout spots and garages under the premise that…being a dad is hard, so let’s help each other and have fun along the way. Over time and mainly through the vision and immense networking skills of its founder James, the DOMs grew to several hundred Dads and expanded its mandate and purpose around 5 main foundational pillars:
- Giving back the community
- Helping small Milton run businesses
- Taking care of yourself, physically and mentally
- Teach each other new skills
- Have tons of fun along the way
Today, the DOMs are 2,600 strong and one of the largest and most distinguished non-for-profit organizations in Milton. Over the past 8 years, the DOMs have raised thousands of dollars for the Milton community, local charities and select Milton families in need. Anchored by its marquee events Step Up to the Plate and Summer Golf tournament along with multiple networking events and socials throughout the year, the DOMs continue to grow in numbers while honouring the pillars that reflect who they are and what they do.
Any dad in Milton can be a DOM, so please join through our Facebook group if you are interested. Please remember to be respectful, be active and help one another the best you can. We hope to see you soon.
The Executive Team
Born in Etobicoke, raised in Mississauga, found Milton accidentally one Sunday afternoon on a casual drive through the country. 14 years later I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else.
Personally, one of the main reasons I co-founded the DoMs is because of how much I fell in love with Milton shortly after discovering it. My wife and I were relatively new to the area and one of the things we loved so much that we had never experienced before was that “small-town” feel it had. At the time, Milton’s population was around 30,000. It was awesome walking to the grocery store and being greeted by a familiar face at the cash register or a stranger that held the door open while smiling.
Slowly as the population grew and other stores and restaurants opened up, I wanted to create something that preserved the small town feel I experienced and had grown to love. Shortly after discussing the idea with a few buddies, I read an article in mens health magazine that said how men have a hard time making friends as they get older. It made a lot of sense to me and since many people were moving to Milton not knowing many people, I could see this problem worsening.
8 years later, with mental health concerns being at an all-time high – I’m proud to say we’ve built a community of 2600 members and counting. Dozens of pockets of friendships have emerged and it is truly rewarding to see.