Who is Despina Havelas? Our 2016 Brimbank Citizen of the Year!


The Brimbank Citizen of the Year award is presented to a community member who's made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, or has given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Despina Havelas has made a significant contribution to the Brimbank Community over the past 10 years as a passionate advocate of the issues faced by families and carers of children living with Autism.

She is the founder of Autism Angels and has helped develop many Autism services in Brimbank including early intervention workshops, cyber safety workshops, and Autism awareness public events such as the Autism Angels Teddy Bears picnic and dinner dance.

Despina plays a key role in the Brimbank Disability Expo, is a Member of the Board of the Autism State Plan, and is Chairperson of the Brimbank Disability Network Group.

Her efforts have helped raise over $85,000 over 10 years for families living with Autism, and over $50,000 in government support in the last six years for families in Brimbank.

Despina is also a full-time carer to her son Kon, who requires high support due to his Autism. She is a supreme example of a committed, passionate and generous member of the Brimbank community.

Contact Autism Angels

P.O. Box 4086
Keilor Downs 
VIC 3038
0404 522 226