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Dolma Yangchen – President
Dolma Yangchen was born in Tibet and escaped to India with her parents in 1959. She first studied in C.S.T Mussoorie and later studied in Convent of Jesus & Mary at Mussoorie and completed Senior Cambridge. In 1974, she along with her parents joined Tibetan Refugee Settlement at Bylakuppe, South India.Soon after that she was enrolled in London Chamber of Commerce Secretarial Course in Bangalore. She was appointed as the Secretary at MYRADA, an NGO which established three Tibetan Refugee Settlements in Karnataka State. Her job was connected with the Tibetan students’ scholarship and re-settlement of Tibetans in various Tibetan settlements in the south.
During her work at MYRADA she was closely connected with rural developments and landless people’s projects all over the south. She left MYRADA in 1998, by then major works with the Tibetans were completed.She started her own business of Interior works with her husband whom she married in 1983. During that period she was enrolled for a distant education for B.A.In 1993 she was invited to join Lugsung Samdupling Tibetan settlement to take part in the development in Infrastructure of the settlement. During her tenure as Project Officer at Lugsam, a few important and beneficial projects were executed. Some of the most significant projects were “Old People’s Home” and the Solar Irrigation Project in Purang Camp which provided her an opportunity to visit Norway in 2004. This visit gave her an opportunity to interact and create awareness among the Norwegian people about Tibet and Tibetans in Tibet & in Exile.She took retirement from the esteemed job in the year 2013.
She was elected as the president of Regional Tibetan Women’s Association Bylakuppe in 2001 and served for two consecutive terms. She also served as the Central executive member from 2006 to 2009 in the south. During the first term, RTWA office and the Tailoring Training Centre were built from 2002 to 2003 and also set up Marketing Outlet of finished products.A very important event was the effort made to save the lives of over hundred and fourteen sick,old and male cattles by shifting them to a Cow Shelter Home, “Prinjarpole” in Mysore on the occasion of His Holiness’s Birthday.The most talked about project and event was the “Peace March” from Pune to Mumbai in 2005 as part of Women’s Uprising Day on 12th march. The Peace March was led by a group of over 600 RTWA members from 5 southern Tibetan Settlements. They received tremendous response and support from various NGOs and local Indian people. That was the most memorable, fulfilling experience and a very successful event under her leadership.She also served as an advisor to RTWAs in the south. She was also one of the founding members of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society in Bylakuppe.Through this organization she was able to contribute her service to the Tibetan community.
After retirement she was elected as the Board of Director for Dickyi Larsoe Tibetan Settlement and served for one year. She had to resign the post after being elected as the President of the Tibetan Women’s Association at the Head Quarter, Dharamshala. It is gratifying to know that she had spent thirty five years of her life in the service of her community under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tsering Dolma – Vice President
Tsering Dolma completed her schooling from CST Dalhousie, India. She worked as a teacher at Lekshedh-Tsal school in Pokhara, Nepal for more than a decade before joining Central Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) as a Joint Secretary.
She is the founding member and the President of Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Jampaling. She has also worked with Regional Tibetan Youth Congress as an Executive Member. She is grateful for support from her previous colleagues, settlement officer and the people, enabling her to gain lot of experience.
In April 2012, during the 10th General Body Meeting of TWA, Tsering Dolma was elected to be the Executive Member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015).She was reelected as the Executive Member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for another three years (2015 – 2018).
Tsering Choezom – General Secretary
Tsering Choezom was born in India. She studied at Central School for Tibetans at Shimla and later completed her 12th grade from Scholars Home SR Sec School, Dehradun.
She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from D.A.V. (P.G.) College, Garhwal University,Dehradun. Tsering Choezom was elected as the executive member of RTWA Rajpur/Tsering Dhonden from the year 2006-2009. She worked as a Sr. Process Associate in Axis Telecom Inc. Gurgaon from January 2012 to May 2015.
During the 11th General Body Meeting of TWA, she was elected as the executive member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2015-2018). She feels fortunate and thankful to the association for giving her the platform to work and learn more about Tibetan community. She is very happy and honored to be a part of Tibetan Women’s Association.
Nyima Lhamo – Project Officer
Nyima studied at TCV School Pathlikhul and later completed her 12th grade from Upper TCV School. She later pursued Bachelors of Laws (LLB-5 years) from SDM law college, Mangalore University. She applied at TWA for the position of ‘Program Coordinator’ and has for the last four months excelling in her job. Nyima’s job requires her to research and analyse on the scores of leadership and empowerment trainings given by TWA and to establish TWA’s ‘empowerment training project’ as a repudiated and credible project that seeks to empower the young Tibetan women, female population of the Tibetan monastic community and strive towards the creation of a gender equal Tibetan society in exile through a series of gender sensitization trainings.
In April 2012, during the 10th general body meeting of TWA, Nyima was elected to be the general secretary of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015). She was reelected as the Executive member of the Central TWA for three years (2015-2018).According to Nyima “I believe that it really does not matter where you work but what really matters is the ultimate goal.” Nyima firmly believes that “as Tibetans we shoulder a common goal and working at TWA helps me move towards the common goal. I feel I am doing my bit for my land and people by working at TWA. Each day at TWA helps me to grow as person. ”
Born in Tibet, Tenzin Tselha is a nun from Gaden Choeling nunnery in Dharamsala. She worked as a secretary for 7 years at the nunnery.
Her experience working with Central Tibetan Women’s Association dates back to 1997 when she was appointed as the Joint Secretary during the 5th General Body Meeting. She was also oversaw “Stitches of Tibet” during that tenure. Later during the 6th General Body Meeting, she was re-elected as an Additional Secretary. She has experience serving as a member of Election Commission and Local Assembly, Dharamsala.
In April 2012, during the 10th General Body Meeting of TWA, Tenzin Tselha was elected to be the Executive Member of Central Tibetan Women’s Association for a period of three years (2012-2015). She feels fortunate to have been elected again to serve at TWA and would like to thank all the members of Tibetan Women’s Association.
Kalsang Youdon – Public Relation Officer
Kalsang Youdon was born in Dharamsala. She studied at TCV school.In 1989, she became self-employed. In 1997 she was elected as an auditor and introduced fixed rate policy in Potala Ranchi sweater association. From 1997 to 2003, she was elected as the cashier of Central Ngari chithun Association.
She was elected in Regional Tibetan Women’s Association of Dharamsala as the President from 2006 to 2009.She was elected in Central Ngari Chithun Association as vice president from 2011 to 2014.She was reelected as the president of RTWA Dharamsala from 2012-2014. She had attended the first Tibetan National General Meeting at Bylakuppe in 2010, 2nd Special General meeting at Gangchen kyishong in 2011 and 2nd Tibetan National General meeting at Upper TCV in 2012 .During the 11th General Body meeting of Tibetan Women’s Association, she was elected as the central executive member for three years (2015-2018). She pledges to do her work with sincerity and contribute her best to the Tibetan Women Association.
Tsering Yangzom – Operation Officer
Tsering Yangzom was born in Kham, eastern Tibet and came into exile in 1999. She was enrolled in T.C.V Gopalpur for her schooling and then completed her 12th Standard from T.C.V Bylakuppe. Later she pursued Secretarial course from T.C.V Vocational Training Center (VTC), Dehradun.
To further polish her secretarial course, she completed seven month training at Tibetan Women’s Association, Central. It was her hard work and excelled in team work contribution that she received one year contact work at the central office of TWA.
Currently she is working in Tibetan Women’s Association as Operation Officer. Yangzom is happy to be a part of Tibetan Women’s Association where she can serve her community in best possible way.
Dorji Kyi – Women Environment and Development Officer
Dorji Kyi finished her schooling from TCV Gopalpur and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Madras Christian College. After that she pursued Masters in Communication from M.O.P Vaishnav College for Woman- Chennai. During her Under Graduate, she did one month internship in reporting and sub editing, at Deccan Chronicle’s Chennai edition newspaper and four of her stories got published. For her Post Graduate she did another one-month internship in one of the best multinational advertising and public relations company, Ogilvy N Mather, in the creative department, Chennai (May 2010). Apart from her college internships, to gain more experiences, she did four months internship at Landmark, under the book section. (August-December 2009)
During her college years, she was one of the active members of Tibetan Students’ Association, Madras (TSAM) and in year 2008, she was appointed as the Public Relations officer. For her master degree, she conducted a dissertation on ‘Media Consumption by an Exile Population’ a survey done on Tibetan students in Chennai city (2011)
Prior to joining Tibetan Women’s Association, she was working in amazon.com, the giant international online retail company as English Catalog assistance.Dorji Kyi is now TWA’s Women Environment and Development officer, she says she is very fortunate to get this job opportunity to serve our community and especially to contribute her service on environmental issues.
Tenzin Dolkar – Office Accountant
Tenzin Dolkar did her schooling from Upper T.C.V School and completed her 12th standard from S.O.S T.C.V Bylakuppe. She did her Bachelor degree of commerce from Teresian College under Mysore University and then pursued her Master degree from Symbiosis college of Arts and Commerce under Pune University.
Currently she is working at Tibetan Women’s Association as office Accountant. She feels fortunate to work in TWA as she can serve Tibetan community in best possible way.