Fundraiser and Celebration of Tibetan Culture

January 21st at Cadboro Bay United Church — for the new family who arrive next week —  see info below. I hope you can attend.

You can book tickets online or call Cadboro Bay United Church at 250.477.2715

http://www.cadbayuc.org/events/tibetan-dance-party/

See you soon!

Karen

Project Tibet Society Victoria Update – Jan 2017

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year!  Project Tibet Society Victoria Update

It’s 2017 and our Tibetan newcomers are not so new any more; most have been here since late 2014, one since early 2015.  All of our  Newcomers are doing very well – many of them have advanced to better jobs and  management roles at work; and the four children are doing well in school and excelling in learning English.

We have a new partnership with Cadboro Bay United Church in supporting the new family.  They generously donated $5000 from their refugee funds and are working with us on the Fundraiser focusing on Tibetan culture – January 21.

Two of our Newcomers travelled back to Arunachal Pradesh via Delhi, to get married and both will be sponsoring their husbands to join them in Victoria.  Small wedding showers were held for each of them.  Congratulations to Dawa and Rinzin!

And, two of our Newcomers, Pema and Kelsang, successfully completed their programs in Health Care Aid at Camosun college and are on their way to new careers. Well done Pema and Kelsang!

Mentors Jackin, Jerome, Barb and Helen, trained many of the Newcomers in safely riding bicycles on the streets of Victoria. And some of our supporters have donated bike helmets and locks. Thank you All!

There were also a number of celebrations over the past 2 years: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday, Tibetan Losar (New Year), a celebration of the Victoria Newcomers and a thank you event from them, which many of Project Tibet Society Victoria supporters and mentors attended.

And the latest good news, is that two of PTSV Newcomers along with a cousin from Vancouver are the new owners of Tibetan Kitchen.  Congratulations Tenzin, Chodak and Kelsang!  We wish you much success and look forward to many meals at your restaurant.

Some sad news, Joe Dorscher, longtime and active Canada Tibet Committee member and Project Tibet Society Victoria supporter and administration helper died this past May. Joe’s early financial support and thoughtful encouragement to Project Tibet Society Victoria was instrumental in Tibetans coming to Victoria.  All who knew him feel his loss.

Here’s to a joyful and healthy 2017!  Hope to see you at the January 21 event.

In peace,

Karen

Karen Hurley, PhD
Chair,
Project Tibet Society Victoria
projecttibetvictoria.org
250.477.2290

Happy New Year!

Hello Project Tibet Supporters, Mentors and Friends,

Happy New Year!

Project Tibet Society (the national organization)  is in its final few months of the project to bring 1000 Tibetans to Canada and Project Tibet Society Victoria (PTSV) is preparing to receive our last Newcomers this January.

In 2015, a decision was made by Project Tibet Society (national)  that we would  receive just two more families.  One of these families decided to remain in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

We will be welcoming our final family on January 12th — two parents and their 19-year old daughter.

We were able to get an apartment for them in the 855 Ellery St building where our original PTSV apartments were and where  five Tibetans still live. Unfortunately it comes at a much greater cost than our previous apartments as rents have increased sharply city-wide in the last year. But it will be a support to this family to have other Tibetans in the same building and more Tibetans in the two buildings next door.

We are also most grateful to friends of Mary and Dan who donated almost all of their apartment furnishings and household goods (and Dan’s mum kindly stored it for us) so preparing for them has been relatively easy.  Dawa Dolma is kindly assisting Karen and Gill with the setup and the Tibetans who are already here are eager to help the new family settle in many ways.

More news to follow in emails #2 and #3

Warmest regards,

Karen

Karen Hurley, PhD
Chair,
Project Tibet Society Victoria
projecttibetvictoria.org

250.477.2290