Members

Rohit Roy Kumar MIML, MIPA, AFA, MICDA, AMAICD FOUNDER & FORMER PRESIDENT (2016 - 2021)

Rohit Roy Kumar is now officially now the Board of Director for Australian Integrated Fijian Association of Victoria Inc known as AIFAV until 15th of February, 2021. He is also the instigator of the Australian Integrated Care Services Pty Ltd. He is a well known personality in the Indian and Fijian community across Victoria.  Rohit Roy worked with the Ministry of Education in Fiji before migrating to Australia in 2001. He has worked as a Senior Analyst with some of Australia’s largest ASX listed companies such as Shell, BP, Castrol and Telstra Corporation. Through his charity association and age care & disability support care company he has been creating windows of opportunities for Individuals with special needs, youths and senior citizens. He has organized various successful charity events to fund the poor and help save lives. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards and nominations for his outstanding contribution in community service that includes Meritorious award 2018  from the Governor of Victoria, Honorable Linda Dessau, Semi finalist in the Victorian Regional Community awards from Prime Channel 7 Awards Australia, Nominated for the 2019 Victorian Disability awards for Excellence in creating inclusive communities by the Department of health and Human Services and Finalist for 2020 Citizen of the Year from City of Melton

Rohit Roy is also a member of the Regional Advisory committee board for the Victorian Multicultural Commission for the north west metropolitan. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a  member of the  Institute of Community Directors Australia.  Rohit is a Graduate in Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Public Accountants and an associate of Institute of Financial Accountants

He is proud to lead AIFAV that were among the six organizations 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. 

Romika Ram PRESIDENT
Romika Ram is the  President of AIFAV . She had been the Executive Vice President and Community Project Lead for Australian Integrated Fijian Association of Victoria for four years. Romika’s  roots are from Nadi, Fiji Islands.  She was brought up in Auckland and later moved to Melbourne where she completed her studies in International Trade.
Currently she is working in Banking and Finance . Romika also hold a qualification is early childhood education.
She really enjoy 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.
Her vision is to establish a well respected and trusted community group that not only focus but acknowledges the special needs children and elderly in Melbourne and in Fiji.
Romika Ram was 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 and Natures Stewards program organised by the City of Melton.
Leena Vellu VICE PRESIDENT & PUBLIC RELATIONS LEAD

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 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. Leena Vellu has also been nominated in the 2021 Inclusive and Diversity award at the City of Melton.

Shalini Ashika Kumar FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Shalini Ashika Kumar is the Founder & Executive Secretary and Human Resource Management Lead for Australian Integrated Fijian Association of Victoria Incorporated aka AIFAV. 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.

Oliver Braykovich AMBASSADOR

Oliver Braykovich is the Health & Fitness Manager for the AIFAV. He has supported AIFAV since 2016 after learning about the association’s intention and objective. Oliver’s personal life journey is very inspiring as he was born with a disability 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 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.

Oliver is currently writing a book on his Journey that will inspire many on how to battle anxiety, stress , depression and transform their life into one that promotes better living . Oliver holds many qualification  such as Diploma of NLP, Leadership & Coaching, Diploma of NLP & Strategic Coaching, Strategic Coaching Certificate, NLP Facilitator Certificate, Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Practitioner of Emotional Intelligence EQ1, Certificate of Time-based Therapy, Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Master Practitioner of Quantum Linguistics
Master Practitioner of Advanced Emotional Intelligence EQ2
Master Practitioner of Values-Based Change

Oliver has been nominated in the Inclusive and Diversity award 2021 at the Melton City Council Community Achievement awards.

Asha Kumari EVENTS LEAD

Asha Kumari is the Events Manager 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.

Hari Narayan Singh Senior Citizen Program Lead

Hari Singh is the Program Lead for the Senior Citizens with AIFAV.  He is a very active and popular figure among the seniors in Melbourne. He has been part of AIFAV from Day 1 and supported the association in its transformation especially surrounding the needs of seniors and creating an inclusive environment for our aged population.

He is a former Senior Police Officer incharge at the Navua Police Station in Fiji and was also based in Suva where he was training officer for the new recruits. He has strong work ethics and encourages everyone to be disciplined in their roles. 

Erin McKeegan AMBASSADOR

Erin McKeegan is the Community Engagement Lead for AIFAV.  She has been part of the Team as a Community Ambassador from 2017. Erin holds a Bachelors degree in Social work and is a certified social worker from the Australian Association of Social Workers. She has been working closely with the indigenous aboriginal community for more than 5 years.

Pushpa Wati Singh HOSPITALITY LEAD

Pushpa Singh is AIFAV Senior Citizen Ambassador and the Hospitality Manager .  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 socialize with her senior groups. 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 Devi ARTS, CULTURAL & RELIGIOUS LEAD

Kalawati is the Arts and Cultural Lead 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.

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
Krishnil Rohil Kumar Marketing and Communication Lead

Krishnil Kumar is the Communications and Marketing lead for AIFAV. Krishnil is the recipient of Carers Victoria scholarship award in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Krishnil is the AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador 2020 and also the Community Ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation of Australia.

He is also a talented professional  dancer trained by Deepak’s Bollywood Dance Studio and has performed in numerous International and local shows  since the delicate age of 6.  This includes prominent concerts 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.

Krishnil has been nominated in the Young Citizen of the Year 2021 & Inclusive & Diversity  2021 award for the Melton City Council Community Achievement Awards

Shilpa Sharlene Kumar YOUTHS PROJECT LIASION OFFICER

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 .

Shanil Costa SPORTS ENGAGEMENT LEAD

Shanil is the Sports Engagement Lead for AIFAV and had been intensively involved in promoting sports in our community. He has supported many sports events  organised by AIFAV. The community sees him as 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 and has been involved in Sports at a very tender age. Shanil has proudly won numerous awards for his outstanding performance and great sportsmanship

Shweta Aggarwal Marketing Consultant

Shweta Aggarwal is the Advertising 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.

Sameen Iqbal Ghaus Media Consultant

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.

Sunnia Amanpreet Singh Community Engagement Officer

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.

Anushka Sharma Youth Ambassador

Anushka has had the opportunity to achieve many different things and be a part of many different organizations as well as experiencing the feeling of satisfaction when helping others. Currently, she has had the honour of being a member of the ACF (Australian Conservation Foundation) which helps the local communities and educates them on environmental issues as well as having the opportunity of being a member of the AIFAV since 2018.  Anushka has been a student representative for over 4 years now and have further extended my leadership by becoming a distinguished member of the school council. By being a former house captain and peer support captain she has assisted many people and have visited so many places such as the asylum seekers resource centre and has picked up many skills along the way on how to assist people and create a brighter future for them. For instance from a young age she worked with and coached kids with special needs on how to play basketball as well as teaching them basic skills of reading, writing and listening. One thing that she hopes to bring is to change social norms. Currently, she has been working on a couple of projects individually to bring more awareness about animal testing, gender stereotypes, woman empowerment as well as the LGBTIQ+community. She loves music, helping people out, learning new things and hopes to change our society one step at a time!

Ashvi Wilson Community Engagement Officer

Ashvi Wilson is known for her passion and dedication to serve the wider community. She not only is attached to supporting one course or association but is often seen as serving other community associations and group with the motive of helping those in need. Her primary strength is often seen as her creative and innovative ideas and suggestions on how we can serve the community better. She keeps AIFAV aware of any areas that we need to provide our services and assistance. She presents herself as a very cultured and well mannered individual with lots of respect for people and has the ability to integrate with different cultures and personalities.

LIONEL LEE AIFAV Advisor
Project Support Team 2020

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.
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 Integrated 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.
2021 AIFAV FIJI COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS
AIFAV FIJI COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS 2021
Please congratulate and welcome our Fijian community ambassadors.
We are thrilled to introduce:
Joyce
Sundarmani (Taxi)
Eroni
Salesh
Afroz
They all bring with them vast range of skills and knowledge. We look forward to working with these amazing new talented ambassadors who will strengthen the bonds between communities here and in Fiji.
Congratulations and welcome onboard Ambassadors! 🥳