Responding with Care: Tibetan Community Experiences of COVID-19 in Canada

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Marking one year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the UBC Himalaya Program is hosting a virtual roundtable discussion with four members of the Tibetan-Canadian community to reflect on how they have responded with care to the pandemic.

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm PDT

Speaker biographies

Dawa (Dadoen) Jongdong is the current President of the Tibetan Women’s Association of Ontario. In addition to her community work, she works full-time as a Financial Advisor at Scotiabank and is a mother of two teens.

Nawang Seldon (preferred name Seldon) graduated from Engineering at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology in India and came to Canada four years ago through the Tibetan resettlement projects. Currently, she works as a recreation aide in long-term care services for the elderly in New Westminster, BC.

Tenzin Nawang Tekan is the Program and Operations Director at Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS), a community based legal clinic serving low-income residents of Toronto’s west end. PCLS serves clients in the areas of income security, housing, employment, and immigration law.

Tsering Wangyal was born and raised in Mussorie, India, and is currently based in Toronto. He works at the Toronto Grace Health Centre as the Manager of Information Systems & Telecommunications and has worked for over 20 years with the Tibetan-North American diaspora. He currently serves as the President of the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario and also the Tibetan Canadian Culture Centre.

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