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Our History

The Brite journey began in 1969 when a group of parents in the Northern suburbs was looking to establish a facility and services for their children with a disability. That journey resulted in the official founding of the Victorian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VVRA) in 1978. Since that time Brite has had a history of service excellence supporting people with a disability and those in the community experiencing hardship and disadvantage.

Today Brite is a $3.5 m revenue enterprise, operating as a highly reputable provider of training and employment to more than 200 people.

Our Board

Brite has recently elected a new Board of Directors and Chair.  Our new Board comes with a strong commitment to people with a disability, the vocationally disadvantaged and the local community.



Deputy Chair

Helena Gillies   beverley lee

Director since 2005
Helena is a past Executive Director of B.C.O.R.C Inc and a past Director of the Northern Region ACFE Council. She has Diplomas in Business Studies, Industrial Relations, Quality Control Management and English/Communications.


Director since 2005
Beverley is the parent of a Brite Services employee. She is an advocate for people with a disability, and is a past President and Member of the Broadmeadows Special School Council. She is holder of an Advanced Certificate in Residential and Community Services. She is the 2nd Vice Chair of Brite Services.

Brian Gillis

Catherine Farres

Christina Farres

Cindy Shelley

Victor Dougall

John Patsikatheodorou

Kathleen Halfpenny

Liz Rodriguez

Megan Broome

Neslihan Dastan

Ray Gorman

Terri Mcnaughton

Employee Representative Committee

Employee Representative Committee

The ERC is a committee of seven employees and represents all Brite supported employees. Members are nominated, elected and serve on the committee for a two year period. The ERC meets on a monthly basis. Members invite a representative from management to attend meetings so as to gain an insight into what is happening within the businesses and to provide feedback on any issues they wish raised.

Key areas where the ERC has contributed to service improvements include:

  • rewards and recognition
  • occupational health and safety
  • quality assurance
  • fundraising activities and events

The ERC committee also attends Disability Service Standards meetings each year.