Rohit Roy Kumar PRESIDENT

Rohit Roy Kumar is the President of Australian Indo Fijian Association of Victoria Inc known as AIFAV. He is a prominent figure in the Australian Fijian community as he is not only the Director and Marketing head for Ashayein Entertainment and Events Pty Ltd  but also the instigator of a charity  organisation (SSDRM) in Fiji at a tender age of 14 that operates until now. Rohit also served the Fiji government for more than 7 years in the Education Ministry before migrating to Australia in 2000. Apart from more than 27 years of community service, Rohit Roy is a professional Senior Analyst with one of the largest petroleum company in Australia – Shell now known as Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd. He believes through collaboration, innovation and optimisation the best results can be achieved. His association AIFAV has joined hands with various other organisations in Australia to promote multiculturalism, diversity and unity. Through his association he is very passionate in promoting kids with special needs , youths and senior citizens both locally and internationally. He has organised various charity events to fund the poor and help save lives.

He is the recipient of Meritorious award 2018  in Victoria’s Multicultural Awards of Excellence by the Governor of Victoria, Honourable Linda Dessau. Rohit is also the semi finalist in the Victorian Regional Community awards from Awards Australia and also the Finalist for 2020 Community Achievement Awards from City of Melton

Romika Ram EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
My name is Romika Ram and my roots are from Nadi, Fiji Islands. I was brought up in Auckland and later moved to Melbourne where I completed my studies in International Trade.
Currently I’m working in Banking and Finance . I really enjoy working with children and I’m passionate about our community and volunteering. I feel a sense of accomplishment when helping other community groups in need and knowing it has made a positive difference to someone else’s life.
My vision is to establish a well respected and trusted community group that not only focus but acknowledges our special needs children and elderly in Melbourne and in Fiji.
Romika Ram has been nominated as the leader of the Year award 2018 for her contribution towards special kids Fun day event. She was also the celebrity judge on Flavours of India’s cooking competition that was officially declared as the first and biggest asian cooking competition in the southern hemisphere.
She has also completed a Community Leadership program organised by the City of Melton.
Leena Vellu VICE PRESIDENT

Leena Vellu is born in Australia but a pure Fijian-Indian at heart. She works for the State Government – Department of Justice and Regulations. She praises her parents for bringing her up instilling their cultural and moral values . Leena is upmost grateful for this as she adores her Fijian- Indian Culture and would like to get the word out there through her association about supporting multiculturalism and supporting all young people and elders.

Leena and her extended family are very well known in Melbourne for their contributions to various charity organisation. Leena portrays herself as a very hardworking woman and is a role model to all the woman out there how to achieve work and life balance.

AIFAV is proud to have her as the Vice President as she brings with her great family bonding strategy and also have an extensive experience in youth development.

She was nominated as the Finalist in the Women Influencer of the Year 2019 at the Vibrant Events Annual Awards Function.

Shalini Ashika Kumar FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Shalini Ashika Kumar is the Founder & Executive Secretary of Australian Indo Fijian Association of Victoria Incorporated aka AIFAV  and also the Events Manager for Ashayein Entertainment and Events Pty Ltd.  Shalini originally hails from Fiji and at the delicate age of six, she migrated to Wellington, New Zealand.  She embraced the diverse culture and multiculturalism of the community and interacted in various cultural events.  In 1995, Shalini migrated to Melbourne, Australia accompanied by her parents as this beautiful country offers a variety of exciting opportunities in the field of education and employment.  Shalini successfully completed her Victorian Certificate of Education and further went onto study in Business in International Trade.  After working with one of the world’s largest freight forwarder ‘DHL Global Forwarding’, Shalini decided to pursue her career in the Government Sector. She has provided her service to the Australian Government in various departments.

Shalini is very passionate towards working with children with special needs as she is a mother herself and has a child who suffers from mild cerebral palsy.  She understands the frustration and struggles a parent goes through when dealing in such situations.  Shalini has liaised with several disability organisations throughout her life who has assisted her family.  Hence, her objective is to assist families through her association who are not aware of these benefits and integration aides available to them.  Her main intention is to give back to the community and also involve the senior citizens to participate in recreational activities.

 She is the winner of Access and Inclusion Leader of the Year 2019 awarded by the City of Melton.  She has also been nominated in the Intercultural Engagement Leader of the Year 2019.Shalini has also been the celebrity Judge in Kids Got Talent Season 2 and OZ Channel Back to school Event.

Krishnil Rohil Kumar FINANCIAL COORDINATOR & YOUTH AMBASSADOR

Krishnil Kumar is the Financial Coordinator and Youths Ambassador for the AIFAV.

Krishnil is a very talented professional  dancer and has participated in numerous events and shows since the delicate age of 6 years.  This includes prominent shows such as DSP Australia live Tour in Brisbane, John Abraham Meet & Greet in Sydney, Sonu Nigam Live in Concert in Sydney, Shreya Ghoshal Live in Concert, Ankit Tiwari Live in Concert and Shankar Mahadevan live in Concert in Melbourne. He has also taken part in few modelling pageants and his first modeling contest was at the age of 16 with MMG where the Chief Judge was former Miss world Sushmita Sen.  He is very passionate in music, sports and wants to develop his skills in a leadership role.   He would like to pursue his career in Property Development..

AIFAV will like to support our youths in achieving their goals and wish Krishnil the very best of luck with accomplishing his dreams and goals in life.

Oliver Braykovich HEALTH & FITNESS COORDINATOR

Oliver Braykovich is the Health & Fitness Coordinator for the AIFAV, he has supported this association since their first Fijian day event in 2016 and has since been promoting upcoming events. After Oliver learnt about the association’s intention, he shared his personal story as he was born with a disability himself known as a Severe Language Disorder which affected his speech and his learning ability during school. Oliver currently works in Operations Delivery for one of the largest superannuation companies called Link Group and looks after multiple funds in the employer sector.

Oliver is very passionate about helping others and has contributed to various causes with Beyond Blue being his biggest passions as he has continued to battle anxiety and depression. He has helped others by sharing his story, allowing others to open up about their personal experiences. Oliver is a very dedicated individual human being who is passionate about helping others especially kids with special needs.

Oliver was in a depressive state of mind where he almost made the decision to take his own life in 2005. Over the last number of years he continued to struggle with depression and lead to an unhealthy lifestyle of binge eating and not looking after himself. But as of December 2017, Oliver decided to turn that around because he felt that he deserves to live a happier life. As a result of routine exercise and clean eating, Oliver has lost an incredible 26kg in a period of 9 months.

Hari Narayan Singh AMBASSADOR FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Mr Hari Narayan Singh was born at Viseisei, Lautoka, Fiji Islands. He attended Gurukul Primary School and Muslim College, Lautoka. In 1961, he joined Royal Fiji Police at the age of 18, and served in the force for 26 years. During the service, rose to the rank of Senior Inspector of Police. He has served in all the department of the force, namely: Uniform, Traffic, CID, Special Branch, Prosecution and Police Academy, as Law Instructor. Prior to the retirement, he was station officer in charge of a medium police station.
In 1987, during the first military coup, he retired under British pension system at the age of 45, and being on pension since last 31 years. In the same year, he migrated to New Zealand and joined an Organization “ Coalition for Democracy in Fiji” and helped victims of coup in Fiji. Mr Singh worked in security firm for 8 years then migrated to Australia in 1996 with his wife and daughter. During his lifetime he has visited USA, Canada, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and China, and frequently visits Fiji and New Zealand. Mr Singh is enjoying has retirement and is a vital member of this Association representing the senior citizens.
Mr Singh was awarded with the Honor of Excellence award by H.E Luke Dainivalu, High
Commissioner of Fiji to Australia on the 140th anniversary of Girmit Divas  in 2019
Asha Kumari EVENTS MANAGER

Asha Kumari is the Events Manager for AIFAV. She  hails from the beautiful island of Fiji. She is very proud of her heritage and also even prouder of being a member of an association that prides itself for helping all races in need.

She bring with her years of experience in helping others personally and through being a member of other organisation. Asha has both financially and physically supported various associations in the past that had a mission of helping those in need. Credit goes to Asha for initiating the communication and bringing members together to form AIFAV. A very well known personality in the Fijian community and a very hardworking woman. She is happy to go that extra miles to bring happiness and smiles on faces that have approached her for any type of support and assistance. Asha was the finalist in the flavours of India cooking competition that was officially declared as the first and biggest asian cooking competition in the southern hemisphere.

AIFAV is very proud to have her in the team as she is always behind the scene making every event a great success.

Pushpa Wati Singh HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR

Pushpa Singh is AIFAV Hospitality Coordinator.  She migrated from Fiji in 1987 and lived in New Zealand for 8 years with her husband and daughter before moving to Australia in 1996.

She has a passion for cooking and loves to socialise with her senior groups situated in Bayswater.

She is the winner of  Flavors of India Cooking Competition 2018 hosted by Sabrang TV Channel.

Kalawati Devi CULTURAL AMBASSADOR

Kalawati is the Cultural Ambassador of AIFAV.

She is the most senior committee member of the association and plays a pivotal role in ensuring that our association retains it’s cultural and traditional values. Our association has high respect for her as she continues to teach and share with members aspects of our Fijian Indian cultural identity.

Kalawati was awarded with the Honor of Excellence award by H.E Luke Dainivalu, High
Commissioner of Fiji to Australia on the 140th anniversary of Girmit Divas  in 2019
Shilpa Sharlene Kumar SPECIAL NEEDS AMBASSADOR

Shilpa Sharlene Kumar is the Youths Ambassador for AIFAV.  She is an inspiration to many and has achieved numerous goals in her life.  Through her hard work and determination she been awarded with prominent titles in Australian beauty pageants and her most recent achievement was being selected as the National finalist for Miss Teen Australian Galaxy Pageant 2018 held at the Gold Coast. Shilpa has also taken part in MIQ south Asian Beauty Contest in 2017 and won the Most courageous and Gorgeous award. She also took part in MMG 2017 where the Chief Judge was former miss world Sushmita Sen. Shilpa has performed as a Model in international events such as Chirag Wadhwani Comedy Show and Shreya Ghoshal live in Concert.

Shilpa won the title of Miss Style Icon of 2019 at the Vibrant Events annual awards night.

AIFAV are extremely proud of Shilpa and wish her all the very best with her future endeavors .

Shanil Costa SPORTS AMBASSADOR

Shanil has been a very dedicated and motivated individual that has sports very close to his heart. He is a very well known personality in the sports sector with the Fijian community. He has been involved in Sports at a very tender age and have won numerous awards for his outstanding performance and great sportsmanship

 

2019 AIFAV AMBASSADORS

It is with great pleasure that we welcome these highly dedicated individuals as the offical Community Ambassadors of our non-profit organization – Australian Indo-Fijian Association of Victoria Incorporated (AIFAV).

These Community Ambassadors are from diverse ethnic backgrounds to assist AIFAV in it’s mission to promote inclusiveness, equality and multiculturalism.

AIFAV team would like to thank you all for volunteering and sacrificing your personal time so together we can provide our services to the wider community.

AIFAV foundation Team together with the Community Ambassadors has an objective to work as a team and deliver on its short and long term goals as per below:

Short Term Projects

  1. Senior Citizens social media Training Sessions
  2. Senior Citizens excursion trip with interactive activities that promotes cohesion
  3. Well-being and Health Fitness Classes for all
  4. Special Kids educational and fun day – Birds nest painting
  5. Bollywood Dance Classes for seniors, Youths and Special Kids
  6. Motivation and Inspiring workshop for Families undergoing stress/domestic violence/Mental Support
  7. Men’s or Womens club for individuals undergoing Depression, anxiety and stress . Need social interaction
  8. Promote Kids with Special needs – Coordinate sessions that helps boost their confidence, learning ability and also social interaction
  9. Open doors of opportunities for Youths such as engaging them in competitions such as kids got talents or physical activities such as sports, music, art and dance.
  10. Continue to Work in Collaboration with other association is their festivals and workshop. Promote inclusiveness and equality.
  11. Preserving our culture and identity through hosting programs for our future generations and the wider community

 

Long Terms Projects

  1. Due to rapid population growth of Migrants hailing from the Pacific and Asian regions that are now choosing to live in the North west metropolitan Area., There is a need to reconnect them through various community programs to understand their needs and provide moral and cultural support where possible.
  2. 95% of the special kids in our association should feel that they can participate in every event and other people’s mentality towards them is more positive and rewarding. Others learn to respect these kids and open more opportunities for them.
  3. 90% of the seniors are able to use social media with limited supervision and are updated with the changing needs of technology
  4. 92% Of Youths through our association are integrating with seniors and minimising the generation gap.
  5. 99% Men/Women with Depression cases are healed, and they learn to live life as normal or even better.
  6. Our Voices are heard and our community’s contribution to the Australian society is seen and recognised.
  7. Get specialised providers contacts that can work closely with our association to assist with services on mental health or wellbeing coaching.