Nilima Venkat MNZM, JP
Has been with the Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust since 1998. She has worked in various roles in the trust, starting as a volunteer for two years and in year 2000 was appointed as a service coordinator and subsequently as a Social Worker. She was appointed as a Project Manager in 2012. Nilima has vast experience and understanding of Social and Health &disability sector issues of Indian and South Asian and is a strong advocate of social change. She is a community oriented person and passionate about working for the betterment of the community.
Some of her involvement in the community sector includes:
• Founder member and Council Secretary of The Asian Network Inc.,
• Voluntary Community Coordinator for the Office for Senior Citizens, MSD (representing nationwide Indian and South Asian seniors) from 2009 till 2015
• Community Advisory Group member for Health and Disability Commission
• A member of the Counties Manukau Police South East Asian advisory board,
• Trustee of the Sahayata Trust (counselling services for ethnic communities in the Auckland region).
• President of the Indian Women’s Club etc.
Nilima was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2013 new year’s honours list for her community work. She is also a Justice of Peace of NZ
Social Worker/ Administrator
Worked for various private and community organizations, the last being in the Citizens Advice Bureau for over 8 years in the capacity of Information Officer, Auckland Region. Has a passion to serve the community for creating a positive change towards achieving well-being. Has a good understanding of South Asian cultural & family values and is committed to work towards the welfare of the community. Joined Shanti Niwas as a Social Worker in 2012.
I migrated to New Zealand in 2004 with my family. I have a background in teaching and fashion design. Before joining Shanti Niwas in 2012 as a Program Coordinator, I worked for Diabetes Auckland as a Customer Services Coordinator, and for Migrant Support Services for 3 years as a Coordinator. Being community-oriented, I have been voluntarily managing Bal Vikas classes (Sunday school) for children of the Indian community since 2004. I have also been serving as the Vice President of the Temple and the Chairperson of the Education Committee, at Bharatiya Mandir (Indian Temple Inc.). I am currently working towards getting a Diploma in Diversional Therapy for the benefit of the senior citizens. I have immense passion for the community and enjoy working for the seniors at Shanti Niwas.
Verona migrated to NZ in 1994 from Mumbai, India along with family. Have two passions, one is working with children and the other working with the elderly. She achieved her first passion by successfully owning a Childcare Centre for 18 years and later on after completing a degree in Social work she joined Shanti Niwas as a volunteer, where she got the opportunity to learn more about the issues of the elderly. In 2015, she was appointed as the coordinate of project ‘Dosti’ which is a volunteer visiting service for the socially isolated elderly. Also as she likes to reach out to people in the community, she volunteers in various organisations giving comfort and support to people.
Shanti Niwas Emergency Home (SNEH) Coordinator
Vijay joined Shanti Niwas in Nov 2015;