After seven and a half years of inspiring impact, Kashif Bouns will depart as General Manager of Community & Government Relations at the Western Bulldogs.

Bouns has been appointed as Director, Strategy and Operations at the Victorian Multicultural Commission - a role he will commence next month.

Bouns’ leadership has left a lasting legacy on the organization, fostering significant growth while solidifying the Foundation's position as a leading force in community development across Melbourne's west.

“I am incredibly grateful to all who have supported me on this journey” he said.

“Together with stakeholders, staff and volunteers, we have been able to make a lasting impact on countless individuals over the years.

“I am exceptionally proud of real outcomes we have achieved for the people of the mighty west.”

Western Bulldogs CEO Ameet Bains lauded all Bouns had achieved.

“During his time at the Community Foundation, Kash has overseen significant growth across all areas of the Foundation, helping build it into one of, if not the leading sporting community organisation in the country,” Bains said.

“Kash’s community programming expertise, his broad and deep relationships across all levels of Government, and his indefatigable ‘ever curious’ mindset in chasing outcomes for the Foundation, have collectively been the hallmark of his strengths in the role.”

Bouns’ passion for the Foundation and its mission has always been evident, with his ability to speak fervently about the reach and impact of the Foundation's work showcased not only through  his advocacy, but also his deep commitment to the community.

“On behalf of the Board, I wish to thank Kashif for his tenacious and entrepreneurial leadership which has seen the Community Foundation grow into a leading and impactful organisation for those in the west,” newly-elected chair, Jenny Taing, said.

“Kash represents the great Australian story - arriving from Pakistan as an international student, making Melbourne his home and building a wonderful career in sport and at the Western Bulldogs.

“His passion for sport and community is at the heart of everything that he does, and is clearly reflected in all parts of the Community Foundation.

“He leaves a wonderful legacy at the Foundation, the club and the west. Kashif will forever be a member of the Bulldogs family.”

The Foundation will look to appoint a new General Manager in the coming weeks.