Board of Directors

President: Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal came to Canada as an immigrant from India fifteen years ago.  He was determined to leave a life of poverty behind to seek a better quality of life. Canada’s international reputation of being welcoming, generous and full of opportunities appealed to him.  Vishal has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Quality Assurance and Manufacturing Management.  As a Quality Assurance Manager at Xerium Technologies Inc., a multinational firm, Vishal aims for excellence.  .

Vishal is extensively involved in our community serving on the Board of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and many other local associations and boards.

He is passionate about volunteering and giving back to our community.  He is a regular volunteer at PHERA events and the Annual School Spring Fair. Vishal is currently fundraising for the new, Dartmouth South Academy community playground which has raised more than $100,000 to date. He is a strong advocate in helping our youth reach their full potential and has served as a soccer coach in the community and member of a Special Project Group at Ellenvale Jr. High School.

Vishal responds to those in need at home and abroad; helping to raise funds for the IWK, Fort McMurray, and the earthquake disasters in Haiti and Nepal.

Vishal is also a recipient of the HRM Volunteer of the Year, Provincial Volunteer Award and a Top 25 Immigrants of Atlantic Canada award.

I strongly believe that together we can accomplish great things and always lead from the front” 

Vice President: Nikunj Kachhadiya

Nikunj is a Graduate student of Dalhousie University and served as council member for Dalhousie Student Union. He currently serves as president of Dalhousie International Student Association and works closely with the Dalhousie International Centre.

Nikunj is the Founder and Chairperson of Indian Festivals Club of Nova Scotia, which holds more than 15 events per year including Halifax Colour Festival, Atlantic Kite Festival, Diwali Carnival and India Fest where thousands of people attend every year.

He has also served as a member of the Halifax Interfaith Harmony society.

Juanita Peters

Juanita Peters is an award winning storyteller, who is currently one of the directors of the Screen Nova Scotia Award Winning and Canadian Screen Awards nominated series  STUDIO BLACK, now in Season 2. Other director credits include: I Made A Vow, Africville: Can’t Stop Now and the multi award winning Hannah’s Story.

Peters is the Associate Producer on the 2 time Gemini Award winning film Gospel According To The Blues. As a playwright she has given us The San Family, The Mother Club, I M Possible and making its world debut in October 2016, The Green Book.

Juanita Peters , the actor has appeared in more than 30 films and television series including Sex & Violence, Hobo With a Shotgun, Forgive Me, Cloudburst and including the Emmy Nominated Homeless to Harvard.

She served as a journalist and news anchor for more than 15 years in the Maritimes and hosted 4 seasons of CBC’s documentary series Doc Side.

Peters is a member of Actra, The Writers Guild of Canada, Equity, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and is a founding member of Women In Film & Television Atlantic. She currently serves on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.

Dorothy MacDonald

Dorothy has a multitude of skills to add to our association.  Her background is in IT, education, and business.  She has worked in government, private, and not for profit sectors.  Dorothy has been involved in politics and has volunteered in the community for many years.  Her educational background includes Nova Scotia Teachers College, Mount St. Vincent University, and ITI Information Technology Institute.

She played an integral role in the Shearwater Development Corporation Limited as an Executive Assistant where she aided start-up logistics, all administrative functions, and budgets. Developed a client base of permanent and special event tenants. Worked closely with various government departments on funding arrangements for special projects. Dorothy was Instrumental in the development of Fisherman's Cove, accessing numerous federal, provincial and community  funding programs to build the Cove, a working fishing village, which is now used nationally as a model to portray a successful community development project. Fisherman's Cove brings in $6 million to the local economy and has created over 100 new jobs.

​​Dolly Mirpuri

Dolly arrived in Canada in 2014 as an international student pursuing a degree in Bachelor's of Science at Dalhousie University where she currently serves as Vice President of the Dalhousie International Student Association. 

She has volunteered with Association des Indiens de St.Martin to plan cultural banquets, the Sai Trishul Foundation to plan national pageant shows, and obtained the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program Certificate in 2008.

She has Represented St. Martin on an international level at Miss India Worldwide 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the IWK.

Dolly has held executive positions in Indian Sub-Continent Student Association and helps plan 15 large scaled events annually as the Communications Manager at International Festivals Club of Nova Scotia.