Rohit Roy Kumar is the President of Australian Integrated 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 Prime Channel 7 Awards Australia and also the Finalist for 2020 Citizen of the Year from City of Melton. Rohit is also a member of the Regional Advisory committee board for the Victorian Multicultural Commission.
AIFAV is proud to be among the six organisations in Victoria that was presented with awards of excellence from Governor of Victoria in 2019. AIFAV also won the 2019 Award for Inclusiveness & Diversity at the Community Achievement awards..
Leena Vellu is the Vice President and the Public Relations Lead for the Australian Integrated Fijian Association of Vic Inc.
She is born in Australia but a pure Fijian 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 elde…rs.
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 is the Founder & Executive Secretary and Events Management Lead for Australian Integrated 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. In 1995, Shalini migrated to Melbourne and later completed her 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 such as the Supreme Court of Victoria, Department of Social Services, Department of planning and community development, Department of sustainability and environment, Department of Justice and Public Advocate and the Hume City council. She is currently working for the Melbourne City Council.
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, OZ Channel Back to school Event and Hawaiian ladies Night.
Krishnil Kumar is the Entertainment Coordinator and Youths Project liaison officer 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.
Krishnil made his debut as an official MC at the 2019 Sonu Nigam Live in Concert in Melbourne and since then has been the master of ceremony at many other local events.
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 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.
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.
Asha Kumari is the Events Coordinator and one of the foundation members of 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 Singh is AIFAV Events Coordinator and one of the foundation members . 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.
Pushpa also likes to donate her earnings to many charity organisations and regularly send funds to a orphanage /special needs home in India.
She is the winner of Flavors of India Cooking Competition 2018 hosted by Sabrang TV Channel.
Kalawati is the Arts and Cultural cordinator for 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.
Shilpa Sharlene Kumar is the Project liaison Officer for Kids with Additional needs 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 .
Shweta Aggarwal is the Marketing consultant for the Australian Integrated Fijian Association of Vic Inc. She is an individual with an amazing positive attitude who always holds a smile on her face. She is a multi tasker and multifaceted personality. She was the first runner up for Mrs Oceania Pacific 2018. Her passion is music, cooking, poetry and travel She has done two cooking shows on Sabrang and Zee TV. She’s our most loved RJ for radio Mastana. A mother, a business consultant, and also a weight loss consultant -with Phatt living programme…She’s also been a Co-emcee for MIQ 2019(beauty pageant),community ambassador, promotes new businesses to help community grow.. Don’t know how she manages everything with an amazing zeal for life.
Sameem Iqbal Ghaus is the Media Consultant and Advertising partner for the Australian Integrated Fijian Association of Victoria.
Sameem is a very prominent figure in the Australian Pakistani Community. She is the President Women Wing at Australian Multicultural Association Incorporation -AMA Inc.
She is the CEO and founder of Radio Bol – a very popular Radio Station operating from Melbourne Australia with its listeners all around the globe. Sameem is well known for her initiative in collaborating with other ethnic community groups through her media to promote inclusiveness and various community events and projects.
Petek Gulen is the Media Journalist and Disability Support Coordinator for AIFAV
She believes that we are fortunate enough to be residing in Australia where the welfare, healthcare and social justice systems are amongst the best in the world. Her background is in healthcare and philanthropy and she can safely say, these observations are indeed accurate YET there are still glaring gaps in the disability sector. The seed of inspiration for creating her own NFP organisation was her beloved youngest child; he struggles on a daily to coexist in a world he finds overwhelming and confronting.
Henceforth, iCare was borne. Since launch, iCare has serviced hundreds of families with respite, empowerment, education, access to disability specific resources and much more. iCare was awarded the 2016 Project of the Year and many other awards along the way BUT no award and accolade can compare to the glimmer of hope that her organisation has reignited in many and the smiles and solidarity that comes hand in hand with charitable endeavours and P2P support. Those in this sector know all too well that working from grass root levels up as front end soldiers against disability, social injustice, atrocities against human rights etc is both confronting, and humbling but also a necessity for the sake of humanity and our survival as a whole.
In recent years, Petek has been a Disability Advisory Committee member for concurrent terms, sat on various judging panels including grant assessment and run for local elections amongst other enterprises in the pursuit of raising the awareness and profile of disability. Enter another NFP organisation such as AIFAV that gives their all, time and time again with a mission statement and overarching principles that align with her vision perfectly. The dedication, drive and energy within is awe inspiring to say the least. AIFAV sees Petek’s confidence in her abilities, unfaltering support and providing her with the opportunity to represent AIFAV in disseminating crucial information to raise awareness and promote disability, access and inclusion, social justice, awareness, community capacity building etc.
Sunnia Kakkar came to Australia in 2017 after getting married to Amanpreet Singh. Australia was new place for her to start her life as she didn’t know anyone here except her husband. After few months she got as a console operator in Woolworths petrol. She is very passionate of dancing, doing cultural activities and being very creative bringing in innovative ideas. In December 2017 she participated in her first beauty peagent miss and Mrs punjaban Australia 2017 and won the tittle of most entertaining Punjaban. Now she is working as a member of organizing team of Miss and Mrs punjaban Australia. She also works as a radio jockey in sanjhi awaaz radio station of Melbourne and covers alot of events, press conferences happening in Melbourne.
In 2018, She participated in her first ever modelling contest Miss and Mrs oceanic pacific. It was an enriching experience for her and got to know about the great AIFAV organisation and became one of the brand ambassador of this organization. I feel proud and love to be part of this organization and tried to be part of many projects which our organization keep on bringing and feel overwhelmed to be part of this organization and help in bringing different communities together and support multiculturalism.
By profession she is a doctor and have done BHMS with a practice of 7years. She had run a hospital as a hospital administrator back in India. She loves to support and help the people in need. She runs her own beauty salon under the name of AS beauty salon.
Gabriel was born and raised in Dubai and is from a mixed Indian (Gujarati-Rajput) and Persian background.
Australia has been his family home for more than 15 years.
He produces and hosts Indo-Fijian and Indian community shows at 3WBC 94.1 FM (Tuesdays: 8-10PM) and 98.9 Northwest FM (Fridays: 7-9PM & Sundays: 10AM-12PM).
You can expect to hear musical flavours from all around the world in his show due to his exposure to many cultures.
He loves arts & finer things from all around the world and indulges in several hobbies including film-making, writing, painting, playing the guitar, gardening, and watching random movies while furthering his studies in botanical sciences at university.
Live and love life to the fullest… and never hurt anyone in the process…
Life is like a beautiful song… with some exciting bits and some boring bits… Just dance it away…
Live with your heart… But don’t leave your mind behind…
(दिल से जियो लेकिन अपने दिमाग को पीछे मत छोड़ो)
Where to find him:
Sashi Wardana Raju hails from the beautiful paradise of Fiji and was born and brought up in Lomawai. She completed her studies at SVHS in 1989 and have worked at Medicare Australia for the last 28 years. She sees herself as semi retired.
Working at Medicare was quite challenging for her doing various roles especially leadership. She has been working solo in raising funds etc for Fijian community needing medical assistance. Her aim in life has always been giving a little to people in need, elderly, sick and poor. Many times she has got into trouble for not being selfish but she is who she is. Humanity is something very valuable one can possess.
She is taking this opportunity to make her late father and her grand parents proud because they were the ones who taught her good deeds. She is a big believer that in life helping others is the biggest thing. She is proud to call herself fiji Indian and sees herself to be a valuable member with AIFAV In serving the wider community.
Jasleen Kaur Bajaj is an active member of our community. She joined AIFAV in 2019 as a community ambassador. Jasleen migrated to Australia in 2006. Jasleen’s roots are from Punjab, India. She is a girl with a mind, a women with an attitude and a lady with a class.
She started her career as a Crew member in Hungry Jacks and later on promoted as a Restaurant Manager. Then she starting working with Woolworths as a 2IC in Deli Department. She worked as a parking officer for a while with City of Yarra. Currently, she is working as a Local laws officer in City of Moonee Valley and is the only female officer in her team amongst 10 male Officers serving the people in the community. She also runs the business name Aayra Production which she named after her daughter’s name.
She is an independent, confident woman and a proud mum of daughter named Aayra who is 3 years old. Her daughter has won 10 trophies and 25 ribbons so far in modelling contests with Baby show times and representing Victoria at State levels.Jasleen has a friendly, caring, helpful nature. She really enjoys working with children and she is passionate about her community and volunteering work. She feels a sense of accomplishment when helping other community groups in need and knowing it has made a positive difference to someone else’s life.
She truly believes in equality between men and women. She is an inspiration for many. She promotes the girl child and consider her as a goddess . According to her if a woman can give birth to a child she can do anything in this world. Being a mum is the highest paid job as you are rewarded with unconditional true love. She has already supported so many community events so far and always happy to help others and truly believes in karma she had lots of respect and love for everyone according to her hard work is the key to success. Jasleen supports multiculturism and respects all cultures and religions in our Community.
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
AIFAV team has welcomed nine project Support officers to assist them in delivering community projects for 2020
The roles of the Project team member may include:
- Contributing to overall project objectives
- Completing individual deliverables
- Providing expertise and ideas.
- Working with users to establish and meet association and community needs
- Documenting the process where applicable
- Escalates project issues or changes to Project lead for referral to appropriate contacts • This role includes the ability to use various resources necessary to execute the project plan.
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
- Senior Citizens social media Training Sessions
- Senior Citizens excursion trip with interactive activities that promotes cohesion
- Well-being and Health Fitness Classes for all
- Special Kids educational and fun day – Birds nest painting
- Bollywood Dance Classes for seniors, Youths and Special Kids
- Motivation and Inspiring workshop for Families undergoing stress/domestic violence/Mental Support
- Men’s or Womens club for individuals undergoing Depression, anxiety and stress . Need social interaction
- Promote Kids with Special needs – Coordinate sessions that helps boost their confidence, learning ability and also social interaction
- 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.
- Continue to Work in Collaboration with other association is their festivals and workshop. Promote inclusiveness and equality.
- Preserving our culture and identity through hosting programs for our future generations and the wider community
Long Terms Projects
- 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.
- 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.
- 90% of the seniors are able to use social media with limited supervision and are updated with the changing needs of technology
- 92% Of Youths through our association are integrating with seniors and minimising the generation gap.
- 99% Men/Women with Depression cases are healed, and they learn to live life as normal or even better.
- Our Voices are heard and our community’s contribution to the Australian society is seen and recognised.
- Get specialised providers contacts that can work closely with our association to assist with services on mental health or wellbeing coaching.