3-Minute Interview: Bruce Collins

The San Bruno resident, who is the father of two sons and a daughter, is the chair of the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County, a commission advising the county Board of Supervisors. The group plans to hold its Dad and Me at the Park event today in San Mateo.

What does your group do? The main mission of the Fatherhood Collaborative is to work and promote the efforts of men and fathers in our county who are working to make an impact and a difference in our children’s lives. Having the parents involved produces the most healthy and well-rounded kids. We wanted to assist fathers to be even more effective with working with their children.

What’s your relationship with the county? We’re coming up with a policy that will be approved by the Board of Supervisors that will support the efforts of fathers in our county. An example would be making sure there are baby-changing tables in all men’s room facilities.

Is Father’s Day a big deal to you? It is a big deal to me. Being a dad is a huge honor and privilege in life. For me to be recognized by my kids to be just as important as their mother, that’s hard to compete with. I’m trying to make up for those 27 months she was pregnant.

What’s the best Father’s Day gift you’ve ever received? Anything that helps my golf game improve. I like playing golf; it’s a form of relaxation for me. Then they always want me to barbecue because they know I like to cook.

What are your recommendations for how to honor dads on Father’s Day? The thing I really recommend to do is really put an emphasis on the date and just honor not only fathers, but men who have made a difference in their lives. When you do just fathers, you miss out on uncles and neighbors.

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