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: Akash Pandey
Akash came to Halifax in 2015 with a vision of having a better life. He has a passion for volunteering and helping the community grow. His journey to volunteer in Nova Scotia started from being an International Student Ambassador for a year at NSCC. He enjoys working with/ for International students. In 2017 Akash was elected as a First International President of student Association NSCC setting a benchmark for future International students of Nova Scotia. He also held the position of First International Member of Board of Governors at NSCC,
He was also a major contributor in his role of Board of Director’s – Diversity and Inclusion with Fusion Halifax. His extensive involvement with multiple communities around Nova Scotia and strong advocacy in promoting youth has helped him work being active in the community. He is currently working on researching new approaches for promoting and advocating youth of Nova Scotia.
He has been an integral part of Nova Multifest where he has contributed as a board member, EMCee, graphic designing and now the vice-president of the Society.
Treasurer: Indu Sehgal
Indu Sehgal came to Canada with her parents in 1969, she did her schooling in Winnipeg and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Indu Sehgal obtained her Business/Accounting Diploma from NSCC and Computer Programmer Analyst Diploma through CDI
College of Business and Technology. Some of the Professional Development in the fields are Database Management, Accounting Principles, Business Law, and Marketing through Dalhousie of University. She is a team builder and creative thinker, always seeking out ways to broaden her skills and talents, as well of those of others.
At the present employed with Nova Scotia Health Authority as a Finance Officer. Her professional experiences as Finance officer/Coordinator comes from her past employment history with Canadian Brest Cancer Foundation, Nova Scotia Arts & Design, Atlantic Television System.
Always has passionate and believes in diversity to help out in the community participation by volunteering as a member with Indo-Canadian Association of India, Blue Cross, Ladies Auxiliary of India, India Fest, and Nova Multifest Society.
Her hobbies are cooking, sewing, dancing and playing badminton
Secretary: 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.
Director: 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.
Director: Kevin Harrison
Kevin is the son of an immigrant parent, and his passion for understanding and respecting different cultures is ingrained in him.
As an accredited Journalist and an avid freelance writer, Kevin has written compiling articles for a wide variety of realms including the health, environmental and automotive fields. He has also worked within politics, specifically for current Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, The Honorable Geoff Regan.
He is passionate about his community and volunteers regularly for the IWK’s annual Kermesse, local music groups and various political campaigns. He also volunteers at a local dairy farm and supports charities devoted to finding the cure for diabetes.
He understands the importance of multiculturalism in Canada, and how it is the driving force to our success in Nova Scotia.
In addition to his Bachelor of Journalism, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science, and has several certificates in project management, and has worked on various initiatives for local non-profits.
“Create a Growth Mindset and build a competitive edge through your people, Recognize Your Potential. Floria Aghdamimehr, consultant, coach, trainer, & speaker, has a Solutions based focus. She, is passionate about Creating a Positive Mindset for your business, workplace or your life. She believes an enjoyable result comes from enjoying the journey. It is vital to enjoy the journey to achieving your goals. She has fun in discovering what is best about a company, the challenges of a workplace and best solutions that would fit the organization.
“Cultivate positive thoughts to harvest optimism.”
Getting more out of work and life has been her passion to reach individual potential. Trust, Leadership and Communication are the foundation for every organization or life. It gives her great joy to help others collaborate more, manage their stress, and have more harmonious workplaces for productivity and innovation!
Floria, loves being a catalyst on the journey from information to transformation. Her human ecology background with a major in nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University, offers a holistic approach, Body, mind, and spirit. She has happily invested over three decades of energy, empathy and experience researching, training and studying Growth Mindset and Mindfulness, which incidentally are parallel but using different phraseology.
Floria, humbly takes great delight in working with executives, managers, teams, CEO’s, youth, diverse groups, academia, not-for-profit organizations and businesses, with fantastic results. She is a believer that a workplace which is trusting and respectful, reduces absenteeism, presenteeism while building a strong engaged team that truly collaborates, and increases innovation.
“Diversity and Inclusion should be the way we educate, hire, promote, do business, train, think, and the way we are” Floria.
Floria, has always been very community minded and passionate to serve in various capacities. She serves as co-chair of Partners for Human Rights. She also serves on the Halifax Stanfield International Airport-Community Consultative Committee, Halifax Chamber of Commerce: Fostering Private Sector Growth Task Force, and Ability Employers. Previously, she has served as co-chair of Chebucto West Community Health Board, chair of Capital Health- Community Health Board Leadership Council, and chair of Silent Witness NS, to name a few.
Floria is your Co-Creative Partner to achieve goals. She has developed Performance Unleashed program, focusing to building trust, leadership, and positive corporate culture that enhances Productivity & Innovation.
"Attitude = Outcomes"
Those who know Floria, comment on her enthusiasm and zest for life, her positive energy, her ‘hands on problem solving’ approach, and often referred to ‘agent of positive change’. Associates and colleagues always comment on Floria, being very professional, sincere, genuine, and a great communicator. Floria, unassumingly says, “What I do, is who I am!”“When we embrace difficulties, we see opportunities”
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.
Director Large: Gurpreet Singh Chandok
Gurpreet is a new immigrant and is proud to call Nova Scotia his home. At present Gurpreet is in the process of getting accredited with the Nova Scotia Barrister Society.
As a lawyer (in India) he has a passion for meeting new people and understanding their culture and psychology.
He is passionate about his community and volunteers regularly in community events and fairs. He also mentors many new immigrants and students to help them integrate into Canada.
He is a strong believer of growing with Nova Scotia and understand immigration is the way forward, but retention of immigrants in Nova Scotia is a bigger challenge. According to him, to help immigrants/ newcomers settle in Nova Scotia, understanding and celebrating their culture together is very important. We need to provide each other social security by embracing each others culture. He says the acceptance of multiculturalism in Canada was a big reason which brought him to Canada.
Volunteer Chair: Mayur Bhua