Joshco Wakaniyasi has touched many hearts and inspired others through his work

Joshco Wakaniyasi has touched many hearts and inspired others through his work

By Alipate Narawa
Saturday 25/03/2023
[Photo: KaiVeikau Production]

Leadership Fiji acknowledges with respect and admiration the many hearts that Joshco Wakaniyasi has touched and inspired through his work and dedication to the special needs community in Fiji and the Pacific.

They also mourn and share the loss of this inspirational leader with his family, who gave up so much and shared Joshco with Fiji and the global community to enable him to advocate and be the voice for the countless others in our special needs communities.

Joshco contributed to Leadership Fiji as a speaker at Leadership Fiji’s Human Rights sessions and always encouraged our participants to challenge him with questions which he would willingly answer without fear.

He was a fearless leader who had the courage to stand up for the many voiceless by lobbying for national policy changes and more recently for the pacific for disability rights.

We remember Joscho for his humour, extraordinary memory and courage to “wheel the talk” as he likes to put it.

He is an inspiration and role model to everyone who crossed paths with him.

He always shared with our Leadership Fiji cohort that the special needs community were paving the way for those that will come after them, meaning that as we age, will we only then appreciate the challenges faced by our loved ones.

Joshco was instrumental in supporting the Leadership Fiji 2005 Alumni as they undertook their fellows project by connecting them to organisations that helped donate mobility equipment for children and adults with special needs.

He shared during one of their fellows outreach projects that everyone was unique and needed their own custom built mobility device to get around, not one size fits all as most people tend to think.

Leadership Fiji recently undertook a project to document and video our very own Adaptive Leadership program and Joshco played a big part of that documentary where he spent a whole day with us sharing his own leadership journey and challenges and how he was able to overcome them and move forward in life.

These Adaptive Leadership documentary videos are part of our leadership programs now.

Whilst they mourn the loss of Joshco, they also celebrate that his legacy will live on with their Leadership Fiji family, Alumni and Fellows and all their leaders today and into the future through his work and the memories they have to share through their Adaptive Leadership program.

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Ratu Sukuna Celebrations 2023
People turned out in numbers to be part of the Ratu Sukuna Day celebrations, which began with a march from the Flea Market to Albert ...
3 days ago

Girmit Celebrations 2023
The Girmit story isn’t a story confined to one community in Fiji, it is a story that belongs to all of us. This was highlighted by the National ...
15 days ago

Fiscal Review Commitee members, Richard Naidu and Vani Catanasiga appear on fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Fiscal Review Committee chair, Richard Naidu and senior member, Vani Catanasiga appeared on fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan to discuss ...
16 days ago
Man in custody after death of a woman in Bayview Heights
A 50-year-old security officer is in police custody following the death of a woman in Bayview Heights. Police say the incident occurred at a home b...
37 seconds ago
57 year old woman dies from COVID-19 and 52 new cases recorded
A 57-year-old woman from Nausori has died from COVID-19. She was admitted last Friday with evidence of severe lower limb vascular disease and ...
12 hours ago

Promoting sports excellence in youths in Fiji - Gopalan
We firmly believe in the power of sports, to inspire and nurture young athletes, and this partnership reflects its commitment to empowering and ...
15 hours ago

It taught me obedience, discipline and being a good citizen - Mousio
Cadet training has taught me obedience, discipline and being a good citizen - Mousio Maria Mousio, a year 12 student of Suva Grammar School says ...
15 hours ago

McDonald’s to employ 50 people at their new outlet in Nakasi
50 people are expected to be employed when the McDonald’s Fiji opens their branch in Nakasi by December this year. McDonald’s Fiji Managing ...
15 hours ago

55 structural fire incidents from January to May – NFA CEO
The National Fire Authority has revealed that structural fires caused $3.7 million worth of damage around the country and left one person dead in the ...
15 hours ago