About Kalsang Dolma
May name is Kalsang Dolma. Parkdale has been my home for the past 14 years. And from the moment I arrived in Canada as a Tibetan refugee in 2004, I have been involved with many initiatives committed to giving back to the community that welcomed me.
I’ve been a champion for the youth of our community, mentoring hundreds of young people, hiring over 50 of them, and helping over a thousand young people in Toronto achieve success in their educations and careers.
As a frontline staff member in a non-profit settlement agency, I served an average of over 500 immigrant clients every year, helping newcomer families access services, housing, and employment opportunities. I was awarded the Ontario Newcomer Champion Award in 2014.
I have served on a number of boards focused on directly improving our community. I served as a Toronto Green Community board member from 2011-2013 and a board member of the Parkdale Community Development Group from 2012-2014.
I am currently a board member of Parkdale Community Legal Services (since 2016), and have worked on projects advocated on behalf of working class families, the underemployed, and the unemployed.
I have been heavily invested in maintaining the integrity and cultural diversity of our neighbourhoods, serving as a board member of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust from 2015-2017. I have also helped to organize a campaign to support building more affordable housing and advocating for “Development without displacement”.
I have helped produce community arts installations, exhibits, events, and projects that celebrated the local artists that make our communities feel vibrant and vital; co-founded DreBu, an immigrant arts organization; Member of the Ontario Culture Days Task Force since 2011.
I am a supporter of our local small businesses and environment, and have led over ten public health and environment advocacy projects.
I am an investor, an online entrepreneur, and, most importantly, a proud and active member of our many diverse communities.