Kashif BounsAdvanced Diploma of Accounting (2006)

Multicultural Programs Coordinator

A chance meeting between sporting enthusiast Kashif Bouns and group of Australians at a cricket match in Kuwait led to Kashif being awarded the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in the Community Services category in 2011.

Born in Pakistan, Kashif completed his High School education in Kuwait and had also lived in Saudi Arabia and Dubai when the shared passion for cricket by his new Australian friends persuaded him that Melbourne was the ideal city to further his education.

Education, sport and multicultural understanding have continued to dominate his life since beginning his Advanced Diploma of Accounting in 2005. He chose to study at Box Hill TAFE because of the recommendation of other expatriate friends, the relatively affordable fees, the ability to transfer to a Degree course and the reputation for a friendlier and more personal experience than a large university would offer. Kashif is grateful for the orientation program run by the International Student Services Office which he believes helped him to acclimatize to living in Australia and for the inclusiveness he felt from having a personal relationship with Box Hill Institute teachers and students. After he completed his Advanced Diploma of Accounting in 2006 and with the high IELTS score of 8.5, he attained his Degree from Swinburne with 1.5 years credit for his schooling at Box Hill Institute.

The GFC cut short his ambition to find work in accounting and Kashif soon found himself in voluntary and paid employment working with and for multicultural residents of Melbourne. He is involved in community work with the Pakistani Students Association of Australia; is an Advisory Forum member of the Victorian Taxi Directorate and an ambassador for the South Asian Task Force for Domestic Violence.

His position as the Multicultural Development Officer with the Essendon Football Club involves administering several programs specifically targeting the inclusion of International Students and migrants; the promotion of inter faith harmony between Jewish, Muslim and Indigenous Australians; Multicultural Schools programs that encourages participation in AFL football activities and a specific program targeting the linguistic and culturally diverse youth of the Flemington area. His job entails attending orientation days for International students at universities and TAFEs, attending cultural festivities, and even participation in a sport close to his heart, cricket. The Essendon Football Club, through a partnership with Cricket Victoria runs a summer cricket program. Kashif’s chance encounter with Australians at a Kuwaiti cricket match and his decision to enrol in Box Hill Institute has led to a mutually rewarding outcome for the young Pakistani and, as evidenced by his 2011 Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence.

Kashif has recently promoted to a new role as Multicultural Programs Coordinator at AFL Victoria.