Staff / Board Member

Executive Members
jamuna
Jamuna Parajuli
President- Founding and to Executive committee of DBSV

Winner of ‘Victorian Multicultural Excellence Awards 2017’
Honoured by ‘Honouring women in Moreland’ awards 2017’
Awarded by ‘Aishworya Bidhya Padak’ (Gold Medallist, Bachelor of Nursing 1898)

Despite her busy schedule of work, social and family life, Jamuna continues to balance multiple things at times. Excellence in women’s health, women empowerment and women’s participation in leadership, she gives her best-self to support women from different communities. Influenced by feminist principle, she puts a high value on women’s strength and recognises the difficulties that women face to exploit their true potentials in multicultural communities. Being a president of successful, proactive and powerful women’s organisation in Victoria run by a group of amazing, talented, multi-skilled group of women, she urges all women ‘to value a strength within’ to take up inspired actions. 

She is a true believer in women’s power and craving to see the ‘attitude shift’ in our society to value women’s abilities unconditionally. Migrated into Australia 15 years ago, Jamuna completed her master’s degree in Women’s health from Melbourne University and now pursuing PhD in the area of refugee women’s health.  Mother of three kids, she continues to efficiently poise her professional career working for refugee and asylum seekers, where she gives other women the courage to live the best in the difficult situation.

Jharana Bhattarai
Vice president (DBSV)

Jharana is a fun-loving, extrovert, blunt humanoid,  feminist,  activist, urbanists and mother who believes in making a positive impact on people’s lives through her professional and social exertions. She is beholden to be part of the DBSV which unbolts the access to and in their various stimulating goings-on. Jharana does not believe in fame and statuses and finds happiness in giving than takings. A researcher of sustainable urban planning and University Academic by profession, She has been a part of the Australian community for ten years. Want to know more about her experiences and share yours, please contact her via this email. bjharana@gmail.com

Prabha Shrestha
Founding member, Treasurer Excom

Prabha is a mother of two kids, born and raised in a rural village of Nepal.  After fulfilling her dream of doing the higher degree in health, she specialized in monitoring and evaluating women’s health.  She has also been honoured with Vidya Padak medals and prizes for her outstanding achievement in the academic sector. She holds the Master’s degree from the University of Melbourne Australia.

After decades of service in the health sector, she became a Health and Social Development Adviser of the district health strengthening project after she has been recognized as a successful Project Manager having managed one of their largest projects with 75 personnel in multi-sectoral project (health, forestry, infrastructure, and community development) and clinic in charge of the maternal and child health.  Presently, Prabha is working as a Community Health Nurse in the refugee and aboriginal health field and Registered Nurse in the rehabilitation centre of the public health services.  Despite her busy schedule, she contributes to social activities particularly advocating for women to build their capacity including coping with difficult situations.  Her hobby is to help those need and always attempts to make them smile and laugh. She currently resides in Australia with her two kids and husband. She can be contacted at shresthap2004@gmail.com.

Sanjana Shrestha
Executive member/expert library partnership program

Sanjana has been with READ Nepal for fourteen years and has served as Nepal Country Director from January 2009 – Feb 2018. She is currently holding the position as Senior Program Specialist of READ Global and overseeing program in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Cote d’Ivoire. Prior to READ, Sanjana was a Project Coordinator and Researcher with the Manushi for Sustainable Development organisation in Nepal.

Sanjana was also involved in project evaluation work in various organisations such as Save the Children US, Winrock International and German Technical Cooperation. Sanjana’s expertise and facilitation skills have been critical in expanding the READ model to India and Bhutan. Sanjana serves as the READ Global representative for Beyond Access, a joint initiative of organizations working to raise awareness of the powerful role that libraries can serve as hubs for economic and social change.

Sanjana received a Nomura Centre CONFINTEA scholarship from the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) and had an article based on empirical research showing the impact of sustainable community libraries. Sanjana was also appointed an advisory board member of Association of International Non- Government Organizations in Nepal (AIN) and has served as an International Advisory Board Member for the Access to Learning Award of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in humanities and Social Science from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. She is currently pursuing PhD at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Shova
Shova Lamsal
Secretary (DBSV )/specialist Family violence

I am highly committed and passionate about working towards gender equality through empowerment. I believe understanding individual rights, awareness of supports available and sense of belongingness to the community are vital to foster identity with high self-esteem. After the completion of Master of Social Work from Monash University, I have been working as a Family Violence Practitioner with a family violence service and Community Engagement Worker at the Northern Community Legal Centre respectively for about two years. Prior to having been employed in these roles, I worked as the Head of the English Department/ Senior English Lecturer in an institution affiliated to the Tribhuvan University, Nepal for seven years and  I also hold a one-year master’s degree in education from the Latrobe University.

My association with DBSV commenced about 2 years ago with the commitment to working together with our communities aiming to address emerging issues like family violence, mental health issues and increasing isolation through various programs and positive engagement with an intense focus on awareness raising. If you would like further information, please contact me via: shovalamsal@gmail.com

Benju Gyewali
Co-treasurere (DBSV)

Benju Gnawali Nepal
Registered Nurse
I believe, beauty begins with the smile. So, spreading happiness by being happy is my moto.

Anjana Nepal
Executive and Founding member of DBSV/library liaison coordinator

Anjana is an executive member of DBSV since its formation in 2012. Anjana is a creative person who has penned and performed poetry which empowers women in many ways. She believes in keeping a positive attitude whatever she does.

geeta
Geeta Thapa Chhetri
Learning support officer

Education:
– Masters degree in English Literature, TU
– Diploma of Education, RMIT

Interests:
– Passionate about learning new knowledge and ideas
– Helping others according to their needs

Kamala Chalise Humagain
Executive Member of DBSV

Registered Nurse

Interest:- Help people to socialize and learn to enhance and utilize their potentials.

Kabita Neupane
Co-Secretary of DBSV

Kabita Neupane is a active member and co-secretary of DBSV she works as Registered Nurse at Ivanhoe ,BlueCross.

Barsha KC Raj Bhandari
Executive member (DBSV)

I am Barsha Rajbhandary KC with the qualification of diploma in Architecture Engineering, currently residing and working in Victoria, Australia as a social worker for women-oriented non-profit Nepalese organization. I bear the keen desire and passion on community service and public relation. My motto is to believe in yourself and dare to stand alone with a sense rather than being in crowd with nonsense. I feel obliged to be the voice of the voiceless and hope of the hopeless.

Nirmala Neupane
Executive member of DBSV

Nirmala Nyaupane is Director of Nursing/Facility Manager at Homestyle Aged Care Services. She has previously worked in Southern Africa for 9 years. Has liaised with various community members and stakeholders. Passionate to work in social work and community work.

smriti
Smriti Ghimire
Executive member of DBSV

A researcher by profession, I have been active in my PhD life, as a student representative in various university committees, and as a councillor of Graduate Student Association, The University of Melbourne. I have also led Nepalese student’s society in The University of Melbourne, and believe that the experience gained from these leadership roles has prepared me for the Executive position of Didi Bahini Samaj Victoria.

I have been associated with this organisation since 2015, and the warmth, kindness and support of the sisters is what I love about Didibahini Samaj. If you have seen flyers for different programs organised by DBSV in social media, it’s probably prepared by me.

Find me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/smriti-ghimire-4b0581140/

Kajal Kiran
Executive member of DBSV

Hello everyone my name is kajal kiran I am one of the EC members of Didi bhaini samaj Victoria. I joined this organization since 2015 and actively participated in all the program. I am a yoga teacher at DBSV and professionally as a chef and a beauty therapist.

Raj Shrestha
Executive member of DBSV

My name is Raj Shrestha. I value my traditions, ethics and culture. To preserve our Nepalese traditions in Australia, I have promoted myself as a contact person for traditional customs for any cultural events. I have provided cultural customs for many events organiser for last 5 years.

Kalpana Sapkota
Excutive member of DBSV

Sabita Bhattarai
EC member

Advisory Committee
Dr. Ann Marie Diggins
Advisor

Dr Ann Marie Diggins: Adviser DBSV
General Practitioner [GP]: Working in Melbourne, very analytical with a strong argument, detail in organisational policy, law and rules. A true believer, in women’s power.

Tina Lyndon
Advisor

I was admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1980 and practised as a solicitor until 2006 in a variety of capacities including having my own practice and management. I was ordained as a minister in the Uniting church in 2011 and have served as a minister in Eltham Montmorency Uniting and Glenroy Pascoe Vale Uniting Churches.

I’ve travelled widely and love Australia’s multicultural community. I’m been involved with interfaith dialogue over the years. As a writer and photographer I’m interested in people’s spiritual journeys and I’m in the process of setting up a website exploring those journeys called Heartfelt Journeys and have set up a group Facebook called Heartfelt Journeys.

I’ve travelled to Nepal four times visiting Lang Tang, Annapurna and Everest regions and have spent twenty-one days in silence learning Vipassana insight meditation from Burmese monks, including Saradaw Pandita and have experienced kindness from many people in Nepal. I will keep on returning to Nepal with its beautiful people and country.

I have a commitment to supporting charities and organisations who work towards improving education in Nepal and rebuilding schools after the devastating earthquake in 2015.

I’m honoured to be a member of Didi Bahini Samaj’s Advisory Committee.

Colleen Rolls
RN; RM; Child Health Cert; BAppsSc(AdvNurs); GradDipChildDev; MEdStudies; PhD.

Colleen has a long history of involvement with Nepal after receiving a Rotary International Scholarship enabling her to spend seven months as a visiting university lecturer at Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine, Nursing Campus, Maharjgunj in 1995. Whilst in Nepal Colleen developed an interest in the social and cultural situation of Nepalese women particularly related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting and for some women following migration to Australia. The time in Nepal led to her PhD study at University of Sydney titled Women of Nepal: Childbearing and early parenting experiences in their mother country and Australia.

The professional development of nursing in Nepal is another of her interests particularly encouraging competency based midwifery education. Many discussions occurred with nursing colleagues supportive of the advancement of professional nursing and midwifery practice in Nepal. Resources such as textbooks, professional contacts and websites were provided to Nepal Nursing Association colleagues. From these activities links with Nepali nurse migrants to Melbourne has occurred, supporting many nurses to successfully obtain higher education qualifications and employment.

A commitment to support Nepalese women and children in Nepal and Australia is paramount for Colleen. That is why she is a loyal member of DBSV assisting the management committee in any way she can. DBSV values of women’s empowerment and children’s education through fund raising, lobbying and community participation are so worthy of support. For Colleen involvement with the vibrant and growing Nepalese community in Victoria is such a rewarding experience.

Laxmi Yonzon
Advisor

A warm hearted, kind, and supportive person with lots of insights, Laxmi continues to ignite us to grow and spread above and beyond. She always creates a very conducive environment and provides lots of support in various aspects. Her unconditional support is invincible for DBSV.

Roshan Bhandari
Roshan Bhandari
Advisor

Roshan Bhandary is the Executive Manager –Capacity Building and Projects at InTouch. She has worked in the area of violence against women, social justice and community development for over 20 years. She worked closely with marginalised women in her home country Nepal before pursuing her Master’s degree in the United States where she worked in the area of family violence and human trafficking. Being a migrant woman and from a CALD background herself, she brings a lot of experience and expertise in working with multicultural communities. At inTouch, she has played a central role in the development and implementation of approximately 30 innovative projects including few award winning projects across the continuum of family violence. She continues her passion for supporting, encouraging and inspiring women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. In August 2012, Roshan received the Empowering Monash Women Award. In 2015 she was inducted into Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll for her exemplary contribution to multicultural communities in Victoria . She has been an advisory member of Didi Bahini Samaj since 2017

Founding Members
Founding
Group (2012)

  1. Jamuna Parajuli (Founding president)
  2. Prabha Devi Shrestha (Founding member)
  3. Durga Parajuli (Founding member)
  4. Anjana Nepal(Founding member)
  5. Sabitra Kaphle (Founding member)
  6. Suman Shah (Founding member)

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