The current MCSCA Management Committee as elected at the Annual General Meeting in November 2021:
Mona was born in Nepal. Alice Springs has been home for Mona for 15 years now. Currently, she works for Charles Darwin University. She holds a Master of Economics and Master of Business Administration from University of Adelaide. Before migrating to Australia, Mona worked as a Business Development Advisor for the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the Netherlands Development Cooperation.
Mona truly believes in multicultural society – integration, adaptation, and harmony in building the nation. She shares the values of MCSCA and enjoys giving something back to the community. She was President of Nepalese Community Alice Spring Inc. (2017 – Feb 2020), a board member of YMCA Alice Springs (since 2015-2016) and is a member of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs in the Northern Territory.
Hilda ReederVice Chair
Hilda Reeder was born in the Philippines, and has lived in Alice Springs for over 20 years. During that time, she has been heavily involved in the multicultural community, especially the Filipino community, promoting their culture and integration into the Alice Springs community.
Hilda has been teaching young Filipinos the art of dance, enabling them to showcase their performances at a various community events, such as Harmony Day, and the Town Council’s Christmas Carnival. She is the Vice Chair of the Mabuhay Multicultural Association.
Selesa Nielsen Sa’angaGeneral Board member
Originally, from Fiji, Alice Springs has been home for 10 years. Heavily involved in various community here in Alice Springs. Former Treasurer of the Desert Sports Foundation INC, now a committee member. Current Board member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College. Committee member of the Central Australia Rugby Football League. Treasurer for the Fiji Community Alice Springs Inc. Alice Springs is where Selesa’s heart is, having moved here from Auckland New Zealand in 2012 with her husband and four children. Mother of four children who were all raised and educated here from Primary to High School. Apart from her role as a mother and work, she likes to share her time with the groups she is involved with.
Navin BhatnagarManagement Committee Member
Navin Bhatnagar has lived in Alice for more than four years and takes lot of interest in community gathering and enjoys community living. He has been a committee member since 2018. Navin represents the Hindu Society of Central Australia and he mingles with the other communities associated with MCSCA. He takes great interest in organising events be it for the Hindu community or others.
As an engineer Navin Bhatnagar has led NT Government projects including projects in the remote communities.
Navin takes plays Cricket, Table Tennis and Badminton. He enjoys road trips and would like to cover the length and breadth of Australia by road.
Sivachelvan GunalanManagement Committee Member
Gunalan has lived in Alice Springs for over 10 years. He works as a civil engineer and has had the opportunity to travel across the Central Australian region. As a long-term resident, he appreciates the ethnic diversity of the town, and wants to give back to the community by being part of MCSCA, and assist with the integration of new migrants in Alice Springs. Alice Springs is a transient town and migrants form a very integral part of the local workforce. He considers creating the right environment to retain people, including migrant, as very important. Gunalan is also secretary of the Sri-Lankan Community Association.