Brimbank Community Fund Advisory Committee

The Brimbank Community Advisory Committee operates according to a Terms of Reference and Charter

 

Bruce White (Chair)

Bruce is an Area Manager at Westpac bank, formerly the Bank Manager at the Sunshine Branch for over 7 years, and has worked or lived in the area for over 25 years.
Since 2010, Bruce, as a founding member, has held the role of the President or Vice President of the Sunshine Business Association (SBA).  

SBA has 420 members with an annual expenditure of $400,000.  SBA is involved in business development activities and also supports a range of community projects and initiatives centred around safety and cleanliness.  SBA has been successful in creating changes throughout the Sunshine community over the past 10 years and is viewed as the most active association of its type in Victoria.

Bruce has also sat on the Sunshine Partnership Group for over 5 years supporting many changes delivered in infrastructure and investment thought Brimbank.

 

Kay Christopher​

Kay has worked in senior roles in the Banking Financial sector for well over 27 years, in this time her background has been in Credit Unions and Community Banking, exposing her to all walks of life and varied communities.

Financial literacy, youth and seeing people succeed in their goals and aspirations are the rewards for her determination to engage proactively with her communities.

 

 

Cr Daniel Allan (Brimbank City Council)

Cr Allan has lived in Kealba for 20 years.

He believes Brimbank’s greatest strength is the community’s vibrancy and willingness to come together.

Cr Allan has been an active volunteer and involved with community events for many years. He was motivated to run for Council by his passion to help make Brimbank the best it can be. He is particularly passionate about encouraging young people to be more active in the community.

 

Chris Hatzoglou

Chris Hatzoglou is a founding member of the Brimbank Community Fund Advisory Committee and has been continually involved since 2013.

Raised in Sunshine West, he has been a volunteer within the Brimbank community for over 26 years.

Currently a volunteer committee member of the Sunshine Heights Cricket Club.  This follows a number of years in Executive roles, including nine as President.

Professionally, Chris has held a number of roles within the tertiary education sector across a range of functions and services.  Chris is currently the Associate Director, Planning & Resources at RMITs School of Vocational Engineering, Health & Sciences.

 

Julia White

Julia White has held a number of senior positions in fundraising and philanthropy over the past 15 years, and is currently the Director of the Western Health Foundation.  Prior to this, Julia was General Manager of Philanthropy at Zoos Victoria.

She has experience in both seeking funding and also distributing grants and working with grant recipients to achieve their goals. Julia has lived in Melbourne’s western suburbs since relocating from Perth in 1996.

Julia has been connected to several service organisations supporting children and young adults through her work as a foster parent and is keen to continue to supporting the young people of Brimbank.

 

Michael Lim

Michael is currently working as Social Enterprise Manager (YLab) at the Foundation for Young Australians. Michael's work focuses on putting young people at the centre of designing and developing solutions to complex social challenges related to education and employment in Melbourne's west.

Michael is a board member of West Welcome Wagon and also a member of the Western Metropolitan Partnership, Brimbank Collection Action Committee and Brimbank Community Fund.

From 2016-2018 he served as CEO of CHASE, a small non-for-profit aimed to improve health literacy. CHASE works with 5 schools and over 250 students across Melbourne's west.

Under Michael's leadership CHASE was awarded the inaugural We Are Brimbank Learning Excellence Award in 2018.

 

Elisabeth Paterson

Elisabeth is originally from Scotland. She's a registered nurse and manager in learning disability and mental health. She arrived in 2012 as a sponsored migrant with RCH as an assistant nurse manager within the adolescent unit.

She's worked in the North West community for most of her time including youth justice, Orygen Youth Health, Rosamond Special School and latterly Department of Veteran Affairs.

Elisabeth moved to Brimbank in February 2018 where she enjoys being proactive within community groups including the Brimbank multicultural choir.

 

Devika Chaudhary

I'm currently a university student studying law and education. I work in before and after school care and Air Force cadets as an instructor. I have been living in Sydenham from past 4 years. 

I have been a part of few Brimbank communities and have participated in performances at Joan Kirner Women's & Children's Hospital and H.V. McKay Gardens Festival. Also have been featured in 'Ten Young People of Brimbank'.  I enjoy getting involved in different Brimbank events and communities.

 

Harriet MCCallum

Harriet is the Program Manager – Healthy and Cohesive Communities at the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.

 

The Brimbank Community Fund is a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and is proudly supported by Brimbank City Council.