2015 Disability Sector Awards

2015 Disability Sector Awards


Well-deserved recognition for 30 PLUS years of innovation and success...

For over 35 years our CEO, Phillip Toovey has been an active contributor to the world of disability support.

Phillip Toovey began his career in direct support with Outlook in 1980. In 1988 he moved into management with Urimbirra Centre, now known as The Bridge. Over the years, Phillip’s advocacy was instrumental in The Bridge growing from one service site to 22 sites, offering open and supported employment and recreation opportunities for people with disability. A leader in the sector, with strong commitment and hands on approach, after 5 short years with The Bridge Inc. Phillip was then appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position he still holds to date.

Phillip’s dedication and passion was deserving of an award and this year, so staff at The Bridge nominated him for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NDS 2015 Disability Sector Awards. With over 100 nominations in 9 categories, Phillip secured a position as a finalist in the category of Lifetime Achievement, along with 5 people. Staff members, along with Jim Hall, The Bridge Board President and Phillip’s wife Vicki Hayes, attended the Awards ceremony on the 21st July this year. The event was a fun and enjoyable one, with Tim Ferguson, funny man from the Doug Anthony All Stars, as MC.

Phillip received recognition for his boundless efforts over his 35 year span in the sector and even though he just missed out by a hair for the Award, everyone at The Bridge, staff and participants, feel he is a WINNER!

Congratulations Phillip, we look forward to the next 30+ years of innovation and success!

Above pictured left to right: Carolyn Pabst -  HR Manager, Jim Hall - The Bridge Board President, Tony Fitzgerald - CEO Outlook, Phillip Toovey - CEO The Bridge, Vicki Hayes - The Oakleigh Centre, Nadia Parzybok - Training Manager, Claire Woollacott - Admin Coordinator.