DICKI CHHOYANG

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Dicki Chhoyang was born in Mussoorie, India in 1966 and emigrated to Canada along with her family at the age of four. She was raised in Montreal, Canada. From an early age, she was actively involved in Quebec’s local Tibetan community through its cultural association. She holds a B.A. in international business and marketing from McGill University. M.A. in Central Eurasian studies from Indiana University and M.Sc. in planning and international development from the University of Guelph. Her graduate field research focused on Tibetan-medium higher education in Eastern Tibet. She pursued independent language studies in Beijing for Mandarin and in Eastern Tibet for Amdo dialect. She is fluent in Tibetan, English,and -French and has a working knowledge of Mandarin.


In the early 90s, she served as the Connecticut Resettlement Coordinator with the Tibetan-U.S Resettlement Project. More recently, she co-coordinated the www.kalontripa.org web site to raise public awareness about the last Kalon Tripa election and promote Tibetan civil society engagement in the democratic process.

Dicki Chhoyang served as the Community Liaison Officer for the construction of the University of Montreal-affiliated mega-hospital. In this capacity she ensured the successful urban integration of the project through communication of the social and economic benefits to the local community. From 1999 to 2003, she worked on community development projects in Tibet and gained a strong understanding of livelihood issues that affecting rural Tibetan communities. Additionally, she implemented a youth volunteer program for Canada World Youth, a Canada-based organization that promotes youth engagement and experiential learning through youth volunteer projects.

In March 2011, she was elected as one of two Chitues for the North American diaspora. Later, she was nominated as Kalon by Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay in September 2011 .  She served as the kalon of Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration til her resignation on 28 February 2016.

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