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Bijaya is a self-driven, people-focused, goal-oriented project management professional with more than 20 years of experience working an Executive Director in the not-for-profit sector. He is pragmatic, goal-oriented person who enjoys creating a team. He currently serves as a Program Director cum Interim Executive Director at the Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre (NEARC Inc.). He is committed to branding the organization towards π’šπ’π’–π’•π’‰ π’“π’†π’„π’π’π’„π’Šπ’π’Šπ’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’ while championing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)’s π‘ͺ𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒔 𝒕𝒐 π‘¨π’„π’•π’Šπ’π’ # 𝟡𝟯.

He emphasizes to revisit and reframe strategic priorities to ensure that what he undertakes leads to a results-oriented culture. He served as a Regional Reviewer for the π‘ͺ𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒅𝒂’𝒔 𝑽𝒐𝒍𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒓 π‘¨π’˜π’‚π’“π’…π’” (π‘ͺ𝑽𝑨) 2020!
Bijaya was a notable youth activist in the South Asian Region and was invited to the Youth Meeting at the United Nation's (UN). He has addressed the Ministerial Level Delegates of the United Nation’s Member States as one of three Global Youth Panelists in New York.

He is passionate about serving newcomer youth, youth economic empowerment while promoting good governance and human rights. He also serves as a Co-Chair of the Immigrant Advisory Table of the IPW and serves in the Board of Central Neighborhood.

Bijaya has attended and presented in numerous international conferences and training in more than 16 countries including USA, UK, and Israel. He is experienced in international youth exchange, social development, youth engagement, youth empowerment, reconciliation (mainly engaging youth) and very good at networking and forging organizational partnership.

He has proudly volunteered for eight months in the Indigenous Community of Fort Providence in the Northwest Territories (NWT). During his volunteering with Dene’ community, he attended numerous hearings on Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project on behalf of Degah Gote’ Dene’ Council. While he was volunteering in the North, he was invited as a Guest Speaker for the 5th International Funders for Indigenous People (IFIP) in New York in 2005.

Contribution for NEARC Inc.

Bijaya was one of the Founders of NEARC Inc. He is very resourceful & creative in initiating and developing new programs to youth, while getting strategic initiatives and guidance from the NEARC Board. NEARC Inc.Β is committed to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and like-minded organizations for positive and progressive social change as a youth serving organizations. Through β€œPathways to Reconciliation” initiative, it is dedicated to youth integration. Under its youth integration, NEARC Inc. has developed a unique concept of integrating the Black, Mainstream Canadian, Indigenous, and NewcomerΒ (BMIN)Β youth. Our focus is to find innovative and long-term solutions to address complex social and economic issues pertaining to newcomers. He has excellent networking skills.

Bijaya is extremely passionate about working with newcomer youth and providing necessary tools to empower the first and gradually reconcile them with the Indigenous youth and communities. He clearly understands this is nations’ job but he believes if we, as an active citizens champion our own Calls to Actions, we can do it more effectively. His biggest strength is networking with like-minded individuals and partnering with right organizations. Through NEARC, Bijaya has always played key role in promoting Reconciliation through NEARC Inc.

Recognizing his effort, theΒ Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)Β had provided a nice Β letter of Β appreciation to NEARC Inc. in 2015.

With Bijaya's dynamic leadership, vision collective efforts of Board Team, NEARC Inc. is shifting towards integration of Newcomer and Indigenous youth, after rigorous consultations, it has developed a prototype for our youth integration project, β€œPathways to Reconciliation (P2R)” in partnership with an Indigenous Organization.

When asked Bijaya passionately shares, β€œNEARC Inc.'s major challenge is toΒ Brand & PromoteΒ while educating others why we are different

Before immigrating to Canada, Bijaya was Executive Director of a conservation focused not-for-profit for 12 years. He has been nominated for the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise and Global Environment Youth award for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Contact Information

You can text or call Bijaya directly at his cell at +1 204 296-6000 or email at bijaya@yournearc.org More about Bijaya and NEARC Inc. can be viewed at 𝐍𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐂 π–πžπ›π¬π’π­πž at https://yournearc.org