BRMC History

BRMC is a non-profit community based organisation formed as a result of a consultation organised by the City of Ballarat in 1999 which determined the need to provide a range of culturally sensitive services and support to our migrant communities throughout the Central Highlands Region.

In early 1999, a Steering Committee of 10 people was formed. BRMC and its constitution were formed in December 1999.

Today, BRMC has its headquarters located at Golden Point Learning and Cultural Environment (GPLACE) at 102 English Street Golden Point.

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BRMC Original Steering Committee

Dr Sundram Sivamalai
Ms Sulaika Dhanapala
Mr Frank Williams
Mr Ron Males – German-Austrian Assoc. Member
Felicity Stehlik, German-Austrian Assoc. Member
Ms Claudia Tresoldi-McLean
Lakshmi Maksay
John Lawrence
Joe Pavlovic, Commissioner, VMC.
John Pandazopoulos - Commissioner, VMC.

Chairpersons of BRMC

 

1999 - 2002 - Dr Sundram Sivamalai
2002 - 2005 - Ms Sulaika Dhanapala
2005 - 2007 - Mr George Fong
2007 - 2009 - Mr Frank Williams
2009 - 2010 - Ms Talia Barrett
2010 - 2011 - Frank Williams
2011 - 2012 - Frank Williams
2012 - 2013 - Dr Sundram Sivamalai

 

BRMC Developments - Timeline

1999 - Steering Committee appointed
2000 - BRMC Incorporated
2001 - BRMC's first office opens in Norman Street, Wendouree
2001 - Early 2001, BRMC's first paid worker employed, HACC program
2001 - Late 2001, Mentor Coordinator Litsa Chung appointed, 10 hours per week
2001 - Late 2001 Talia Barrett appointed as English Language Tutor/Coordinator, 5 hours per week
2002 - Evie Dichiera, Cultural Officer appointed
2002 - Migration Law Outreach Program began
2003 - Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs/Service Delivery from the Victorian Multicultural Commission
2004 - July, BRMC relocated to 504 Mair Street
2004 - Telelink Program began
2004 - BRMC's first Coordinator appointed (8 hours per week)
2006 - Mentor Coordinator Program became funded full time and became the SGP Program.
2006 - IHSS Program Coordinator appointed.
2008 - December. BRMC's office at GPLACE at 102 English Street, Golden Point opens
Appointment of Shigekazu Yamawaki as Chief Executive Officer
2009 - October, Talia Barret elected as BRMC Chairperson
2010 - October, Frank Williams elected as Chairperson
2012 - Dr Jeff Langdon as Executive Officer
2012 - Ann Foley hired as Executive Officer