The former chief executive officer at Air Pacific, Ltd., David “Dave” Pflieger led and managed operations for the airline, which is now known as Fiji Airways. Additionally, Dave Pflieger engaged in community relations and played a vital role in developing a partnership with the Foundation of Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND).
A non-government organization geared toward social and economic empowerment in Fiji’s underserved communities, FRIEND is based in Tuvu, Kings Road, Lautoka. Established in 2001, the organization celebrated the opening of its first office within the first 12 months of its existence. Several programs, such as the handmade card project that benefits youth who are hearing impaired and a food product line that raises funds for senior citizens, launched soon after FRIEND’s office opened.
Recognized by the World Health Organization and Dish Magazine, FRIEND has received numerous accolades since its inception. Among its national awards are the Frank Hilton Community Service Award and the Fiji Development Bank New Initiatives Small Business Awards, which noted the achievements of three FRIEND projects in 2006. FRIEND is also the recipient of international recognition, including listing in the United Nations’ UN-HABITAT Best Practices Database as a Good Practice, which signifies FRIEND’s success in implementing a food product program that alleviates poverty.