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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Tibetan Newcomer to Canada receives Prestigious Award

March 29, 2010

by Rigzin Dolkar, Dharamsala

At a recent gala dinner in Toronto attended by senior representatives of all
three levels of government, the corporate sector, community leaders and the
media, a Tibetan woman was amongst six immigrants to Canada to receive the
2010 New Pioneer Awards. Presented annually by Skills for Change, an
organization that provides learning opportunities for newcomers to Toronto,
the awards showcase outstanding personal achievements and significant
contributions made to the community.

Arriving in Canada from India in 2006 with her husband and young son,
Tsering held every immigrant's dream of a better life for her and her
family. Her passion and tireless quest for this better life accompanied by a
strong civic pride and desire to give back to the country that had given her
so much were, however, extraordinary.

She began her new life cooking and cleaning at food shelters, volunteering
at teaching adults English and taking courses.  Soon she was hired by the
University of Toronto as part-time instructor of Tibetan and then moved on
to become Community Development Officer at University Settlement where her
focus is on improving the health and safety of residents in the
neighborhood.  Within a short time she had introduced programs such as the
Safe Community initiative which won the 2009 Mayor's Community Safety Award
and the Healthy Living initiative which brought locally produced fresh food
to the neighborhood at reasonable prices.

Tsering has also become a role model for fellow employees.  As Chair of the
United Way Employee Campaign at the University Settlement in 2008 and 2009
she increased participation from 25% to 96% resulting in her receiving
United Way's Employee Award and her organization being nominated for the
Spirit Award. United Way is a North American organization that primarily
raises funds to alleviate poverty.

Tsering is active in her Tibetan community and volunteers with the Tibetan
Women's Association of Canada.

She has a Masters of Education from India and has completed a non-graduate
degree program in education from the University of Massachusetts.  Prior to
immigrating she was Program Director of Youth Opportunity Trust Asia in
Delhi, an NGO funded by Tibet Relief Fund UK.  She has also worked as a
teacher in the Tibetan Children's Village, Kulu, and Program Manager,
Planning Council, Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala.  Tsering Dolma
is a proud product of the Tibetan Children's Village in Dharamsala where she
was placed at a very young age after both her parents passed away.

For further information on the award please go to
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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