Welcome to the Tibetan Resettlement Project Ottawa
Our vision is a thriving Tibetan community in Ottawa with at least 90 successfully established Tibetans from rural northeastern India by 2016. We have a volunteer board that directs our activities and maintains close contact with the national Project Tibet Society, our parent organization.
We collaborate with the newly created Ottawa Tibetan Community Association.
A sizeable crowd of well-wishers greeted the 4 new arrivals on January 19 - our 11th family and a single woman. This was our 18th airport welcoming ceremony. Three more individuals are still to come, but we don't have a time-frame yet. They will bring our revised grand total to 98.
Ten people, including a mom with two children landed on November 9 to a very warm welcome. The number of Ottawa-sponsored arrivals is now 91.
A retrospective of the past 20 years, with a look to the future of this wonderful organization. Featuring performances by our own Tibetan Dance Group -- the 4 girls here include arrivals from 2015 and 2016, one as recent as October 5! An Indian buffet with momos made by our own chefs. Silent auction and more. (Other information here.)
October 5, 2016 Arrivals - mom and her two children
The three arrived on a Wednesday morning, to a small but very enthusiastic welcome.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 81st Birthday - celebrated on July 9, 2016
After being rained out at Britannia Park, the event moved to 1244 Donald Street. A prayer, some dancing, and good food brought together our newcomers, local Tibetans and some TRPO volunteers. (Organized by our colleagues of the Ottawa Tibetan Community Association.)
April 7, 2016 Arrivals - 8 newcomers
5 single adults and a family of 3 arrived late and without luggage, but we provided a warm welcome!
A day late, but better late than never! We are up to 70 Ottawa-sponsored arrivals now!
Chenga Lhamo and Pema Yeshi arrive to a small but warm welcome! The flight was only 2 days late!
October 30 - Ottawa Friends of Tibet 19th Annual Benefit Dinner
A highlight for us: OFT donates to TRPO for its resettlement project the award money that OFT had received from Friends for Peace Day for its humanitarian work. Here Cornelius and Edwinna von Baeyer gratefully accept the donation from Jurme Wangda. See also the poster for the dinner.
September 10, 2015 Arrivals - 11 more!
We saw the reunion of a family (dad and two sons join mom and daughter who came in July), as well as the arrival of a new family of six, and two single women.
July 16, 2015 Arrivals - We welcomed 13 people!
The group included our youngest to date (8 months old), as well as a 2-and-a-half year old. The total of arrivals is now over half of the 90 we are to receive.
See the story in the Ottawa Citizen by Anaïs Voski, with two photos.
April 1, 2015, Arrivals - Family of Dawa Tsering
Hear Jurme Wangda, our Patron, on CBC Radio One's All in a Day, March 20, 2015
Alan Neal, who first interviewed Jurme in 1997, talks to him again about his connections to the world of films, as well as to the growing Tibetan community in Ottawa.
Dawa Tsering arrived in Ottawa to a warm welcome. His wife and daughter follow on April 1.
November 2014 arrival & anniversary
On November 19 Chhimey Dorjee arrived to a rousing welcome (after a lengthy delay in Toronto).
On November 29, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the first group to come to Ottawa! We have come 1/3 of the way in reaching our goal of bringing 90 stateless Tibetans from India to Ottawa. See the CBC news coverage.
September 2014 arrivals
Five Tibetans arrived in Ottawa to a warm welcome at midnight on September 11: Tenzin Dolker,Tsering Dolma, Sonam Sangmo, Tenzin Namgyal, and Tenzin Wangdak. (Photos by Shannon Lough.)
Several of the new arrivals have relatives and friends among those who came in November and April -- the Ottawa Tibetan family is growing!
April 2014 arrivals
On April 5, our first family came to Ottawa -- the mother and three teenagers will join the father, Chime Palden, who came last November. We welcome Kalsang Dickey, Tenzin Kunsel (17), Tenzin Tsering (16), and Tenzin Kunchok (12).
See the story in the Ottawa Citizen by Michael Woods (with 8 photos): http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Tibetan+family+reunites+Ottawa/9706149/story.html
Then on April 16, four single Tibetans landed: Kunsang Wangchuk, Kuku Lhamo, Tenzin Phentok, and Pema Choedon. A sizable crowd welcomed them to Ottawa.
Finally, on April 23, five more single Tibetans came to Ottawa: Dorjee Chonzom, Tsering Dolker, Tenzin Palkey, Tsering Wangmo and Lhakpa Tsering (Jr.). By the end of April 2014, the Tibetan population of Ottawa had effectively doubled!
11 Tibetan newcomers thank the Hon. Jason Kenney,
16 December 2013
10 Tibetans arrived November 29, 2013 – a warm reception on a cold night! One more arrived Dec. 14
We describe the project on CBC Radio
Our founder blogs from Dharamsala
Project Tibet Society
Project Tibet Society, our parent organization, manages the overall program to settle 1,000 Tibetans in Canada. Project Tibet Society works with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Central Tibetan Administration to ensure the success of this Canadian humanitarian project. Further information on the national project is available from Project Tibet Society.