Mahes trained with the founder of Laughter Yoga Global Movement, Dr Madan Kataria in 1999. She pioneered and introduced laughter clubs in Malaysia, spear-headed a Laughter Research Programme and subsequently the first Laughter Conference in South East Asia at the University of Malay in Malaysia in 2002. She joined Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc in 2004 with the vision and drive to improve upon this NFP organisation.
Her focus is to develop LCVi with the experience and integrity she brings from her professional background. She is also a Global Laughter Ambassador. She is passionate about training new community laughter club leaders.
Jim has been leading laughter clubs for many years and has been a committee member for over 10 years.
Jim jointly leads LCVi's flagship club at Federation Square which meets twice monthly, as well as leading the Abbotsford Convent and North Fitzroy Laughter Clubs.
He is practical, down to earth in his approach to life and believes strongly in the power of laughter as being the best way to bring people together in harmony.
Founder & Committee Member - Phillipa Challis O.A.M.
Phillipa Challis OAM lives in Geelong and has for over 16 years travelled around Australia and overseas spreading the happidemic of laughter, a gelotologist and a certified Laughter Teacher. Founder and inaugural President of Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc (Est. 2003), she was appointed as an International Laughter Yoga Ambassador in 2006 by the founder of the worldwide laughter movement.
As a professional speaker for more than 30 years Phillipa knows the multiple benefits of laughter from having enjoyed them herself and creating a happier, healthier more positive lifestyle.
Phillipa's role on the LCVi Committee is that of being a trusted Advisor, because of her considerable experience and wisdom in the area of laughter.
Mahes our President is currently doing this role as we await for the appropriate enthusiastic person to take up the rewarding role of Secretary. Do you know of someone. a keen laughter club member who may be interested?
Jennifer Duneen recently joined the committee and is a member of the Fitzroy North Laughter Club. She has vast experience in the area of bookkeeping and we welcome Jennifer to be working and playing with the committee.
Committee Members -
Mission Statement -
To promote and support community laughter clubs in Victoria.
Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc Committee
Lynette is a valued member with much adaptability to pitch in and enjoys working with websites and in social media. She also has been leading the Ferntree Gully Laughter Club for 14 years and leads the Knoxfield Laughter Club, together with her main support, her husband John.
Ros brings her wisdom as laughter yoga leader for over 10 years and former lecturer in health promotion. Ros knows first hand the transformative effect of laughter having relied on a laughter mindset to support her recovery from bowel cancer. She loves using laughter wellness as a guiding principle for people facing challenging times.
Rose as we know her, a quiet person, willing to support and do what it takes to help grow LCVi. She assists Mahes in leading the Federation Square Laughter Club and shares her bright ideas within the committee.
Sophia comes to us with a huge backgound in the following: Ayurvedic Practitioner, Massage Therapist, Pregnancy & Postnatal Care Massage Therapist and Practice Manager. She is a dynamic member of the committee and we acknowledge and thank her for gigantic contributions to this updated website.