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Kalsang Dolma, Toronto Canada

C0-founder and President, DreBu

Kalsang Dolma is a community leader and an artist. She is a first generation Tibetan immigrant who moved to Canada in 2004.

Largely self-taught, Kalsang practices contemporary art with inspirations drawn from her Himalayan and Asian heritage. Her ceramic collection has been featured in the first Tibetan Art Exhibition in Toronto at the Assembly Hall in 2010. She has presented her collection of Chuba (Tibetan Traditional Dress) Art at the Ontario Culture Days in 2011 and Road to Asia Festival 2012. Her paintings have been showcased twice at the Toronto City Hall Rotunda for Refugee Rights Day 2011 and 2012. Her work is also featured on Mechak – A center for Contemporary Tibetan Art – based in the US.

She is the chair of Drebu, a non-profit organization that she co-founded in 2009. Through Drebu, she promotes the artistic, cultural and social dynamism in Tibetan diaspora to contribute to Canada’s diversity and world’s rich cultural heritage. (www.drebu.wordpress.com

Member of Canadian Council for Refugees (Youth Network), Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), DiverseCity Voices and Onboard, Neighbourhood Arts Network, TESL Toronto and Ontario Culture Days Task Force, she continues to support social, cultural and art initiatives through active participation and collaborative works. She has directed and managed six youth-focused projects that produced positive outcomes in advocacy work (tobacco-free campaign, refugee children rights and girls physical activity) , youth leadership & skills development. In 2014, she was awarded Newcomer Champion Award by the government of Ontario. (http://news.ontario.ca/mci/en/2014/09/2014-newcomer-champion-awards.html)

Kalsang is deeply immersed in community development, social justice, youth leadership and social innovation. She works as a settlement worker, youth program coordinator and an ESL Instructor in her neighbourhood of Parkdale and across the city of Toronto.

Watch her interview by VOA Tibetan here.

Gelek Badheytsang, Toronto Canada

Co-founder & Vice President, DreBu

Advisor/Communications Manager

As a former activist and organizer, Gelek has been involved in many environmental and human rights actions. Through his photography and writing, he has compiled a compelling collection of images and essays that convey the experiences and thoughts of young immigrant finding his place in Canada. He was selected as a DiverseCity Fellow (a project of CivicAction) in 2010. He is a founding member of the GTArtist project and is involved with Neighbourhood Arts Network and Ontario Arts Council through their advisory council and Culture Days task force, respectively.

He has co-directed all of DreBu’s projects and helped with designing the communications materials. His writings can be found in his blog.

Gelek is currently working as a Marketing & Outreach officer at the Independent Learning Centre of TVOntario (TVO). 

Board Members:

After working tirelessly for over 6 years on DreBu’s mission and goals, the founders decided to take the organization to the next level for wider reaching impact in Canada and worldwide. So, DreBu is now a registered Canadian non-profit organization as of Jan 1st 2016!

Kalsang Dolma

Gelek Badheytsang

Tenzin C. Lhunkhang

Chosang Tenzin


ACT YES: We are seeking youth 15 to 30 to join as working committee members of the ACT  YES initiative. 

 Tenzin Lhakdon

Youth Leader 

Volunteer since July 2013, She has joined as a new ACT-YES Committee Member  since April 2014. 

Tenzin Lhakdon, is in her senior year of high school at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Toronto.  She has had many experiences in community leadership through the various projects that she took part in and out of school starting at grade 6. Some of her achievements include Leadership Excellence Certificate from  Parkdale Newcomer Youth Committee, Member of the Month Certificate from Key Club, four Consecutive Honours Certificate her schools, Leadership Certificate from the  Royal Canadian Air Force and Leadership Certificate from the Youth In Policing Initiative. She has now joined as a project leader of YATAV, a violence prevention youth-led initiative supported and mentored by DreBu. She strongly believes that violence among youth is a major issue in our community as well as in other communities and is therefore dedicated in helping with the violence prevention initiative. She joined DreBu as a board member since July 2014.

Tenzin Lhunkhang

Board Secretary & Membership Committee Chair

Volunteer  since April 2014, She has joined as an ACT-YES Committee Member  since April 2014. Tenzin is a board member since January 2016.

Tashi Tsewang Lama

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Volunteer  since April 2014, She has joined as an ACT-YES Committee Member  since April 2014. He is currently the lead of YATAV – a youth violence prevention group started in summer 2015.

Tsewang Dhargyal

Community Animator

Volunteer  since May 2013, She has joined as a new ACT-YES Committee Member  since April 2014. 

Tsewang Dhargyal is currently a second year student of Bachelors of Science in Nursing at McMaster University. Since 2010, She grew from a youth participant to a youth leader in the Parkdale Newcomer Youth Program by taking on a diverse range of team leadership roles in its youth projects and activities. She has also been part of several school and community based organizations such as Key Club, Tibetan Club, Youth Health Action Network and Smoke Free Initiatives projects. She was a receipient of Youth leadership awards, Kathi Silke Service Award,  Lieutenant Governor Volunteer Award, Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma’s Scholarship and University of Women’s Club Scholarship

MEMBERS – Contributors to DreBu’s works!

 Sonam Lhadon

Sonam Dekyi

TenChoe Dolma

Bipin Aasi

Lathushan S

Divya Lamba

Tenzin Choegyal

Tenzin Palkyi

Pema Dickyi

Tenzin T. Dolker

Karma Phuntsok

Merve Younussi

Abigail Whitney

Rachel Djazmin

Tseten Lhundup

Ingsel Tenzin

Samten Tenzin

Agar Badheytsang

Sonam Wangmo

Yuliya Platinov

Phunstok Choephel

Ogen Lhogyaltsang

Tenzin Namsel

Tsering Palmo

Norbu Tsering

Tenzin Yangsel

& Many more……………………….

Since its inception in 2009,

DreBu has worked in collaboration with the following Artists, Festivals and Organizations:


Choekyong Washu- BC, Canada

A traditional thangka artist who studied the traditional Tibetan painting from the age of 9 till 21 with master painters. He has worked out of his home studio in Kathmandu taking commissions from various monasteries, Tibetan families and International patrons. He has also toured with his work to the US, Europe and a few Asian countries to participate in Thangka exhibitions, conferences and Buddhist centres. In the summer of 2009, he collaborated with DreBu in presenting Tibetan painting for an interactive session at Art on Street Festival in Baldwin Village.

Phenpo Tendar – Toronto, Canada

From a family of artists going back to nine generations, Tendar learnt the traditional art of Thangka painting from his father as a teenager and continued learning from various other master Thangka painters. He has painted in many historical places in Tibet: Potala Palace, Norbulingka and the famous monasteries. He has lived in India and worked in India since 1987 and now resides in Toronto. His works adorns the private chambers of the Dalai Lama, various monasteries and galleries around the world. He has also collaborated with DreBu in presenting Tibetan painting for an interactive session at Art on Street Festival in Baldwin Village, 2009. He is currently working on preparing a solo exhibition of his work in June 2011 and will be releasing his website to showcase his works.

Tseten Tashi Badheytsang – Toronto, Canada

A master painter, born in Tibet; he trained since the age of 15, Tseten studied under his teacher in India for 12 years. He set up his own Thangka painting institute in Kathmandu where he painted and trained young artists for a number of years. He brings his Tibetan artistic knowledge in producing modern Tibetan hand crafted rugs as a creative director for a Tibetan rug company in Kathmandu, Nepal. His designs now furnishes the homes in Australia, US and England, among other countries. He has also collaborated with DreBu in presenting Tibetan painting for an interactive session at Art on Street Festival in Baldwin Village, 2009.

LT Amdo – Toronto, Canada

Born in Amdo (NorthEastern) region of Tibet, LT studied with his father in the Tibetan ancient ritual art of mask making. He moved to India  in 2002 and studied further in the Tibetan traditional arts and ritual arts (sand mandala, butter sculpture & ,mask making) in a monastery in South India for over 4 years. He has collaborated with DreBu in interactive Tibetan art presentations to the public/communities at Road to Asia Festival 2009 and Culture Days Event 2010.

Ngawang Rapjor Lama – Toronto, Canada

Ngawang was born in Western Tibet to a Nyingma (Oldest Buddhist sect of Tibet) family and learnt various ancient ritual arts that forms part of his daily practice and life. He has performed Bhuddhist ritual music, painting and butter sculpture demonstration in collaboration with DreBu at Road to Asia Festival 2009, 2010 and Culture Days 2010.

Tseten Lhundup – Toronto, Canada

Tseten is a performing artist, singer and musician trained in the traditional Tibetan performing arts. Born to a first generation Tibetan refugee family in India, he studied at the Tibetan Centre of Performing Arts in Dharamsala for 15 years and performed at various Tibetan opera and musical performances. He also worked as a teacher at the Performing Arts Centre. He now performs at the community events, weddings and festivals. Tsetan has performed in Parkdale for the Asian Heritage Month and Culture day celebrations in 2010 with DreBu.

Tenzin Choekyi –  performance artist, Toronto, Canada

David Maranan –  performance artist, Toronto, Canada

Dorjee Tsering –  performance artist/Musician, Toronto, Canada

Hameed Shaqq

Ruben Esquiro

Ruth Mathiang

Rachek Djazmin and many more……


Culture Days Ontario – 201o – 2016

Asian Heritage Month at Toronto Public Library – 2011

Road to Asia Festival of Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – 2010 to 2012

LabCab Festival – 2013

DreBu’s vision is a vibrant and dynamic arts, culture and social movement in Tibetan Diaspora contributing within a truly diverse Canadian and Global Culture.

DREBU remains grateful to all volunteers, supporters and participants of our programs, projects, events and actions. Interested in donating? Please email us at drebu.org@gmail.com


To join as a member, please contact us via email: drebu.org[at]gmail.com by adding in subject line, “Membership”

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