Sonam Chokey joined Students for a Free Tibet in her first year of undergraduate studies in 2010. After years of attending trainings and workshops and being involved as a core member, she took on the role of National Director at SFT Canada in November 2015. Since then she has been involved in various national and international conferences, spoken at national press conferences and organized national trainings. She has also led grassroots trainings around the world, and has over the course of three years built public and governmental support in Canada for Tibet. As a former student of the Tibetan Performing Arts, she has been a Tibetan Performing Arts instructor at the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre’s Sunday school since 2014. Sonam Chokey is also passionate about education, social innovation, and gender equality in Tibet and one day hopes to play a role to tackle these issues in a Free and Independent Tibet. Sonam is a graduate of York University with a BA (Hons) in International Development.
Jamyang was born and raised in Bylakupee and Darjeeling in India. At the age of 9, she migrated to Toronto, Canada with her family. She first got involved in the Tibetan community through Tibetan programming at CultureLink. In 2014, Jamyang did an internship at Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre. Shortly, she after co-founded Tibetan Youth Alliance Committee. She has served as President of the SFT York Chapter and did an internship at the Parliament of Canada in 2018 with MP James Maloney, supported by the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet. Jamyang is a graduate of York University with a BSc in Sociology.
TORONTO REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Spencer is a curator, community organizer, and cultural practitioner from Toronto, Canada. They have worked with organizations such as Scouts Canada, Ontario Ministry of Education, Ontario Principal’s Council, Revue Cinema, Les Enfants Terribles, and Arts’ Students Union. In 2018, Spencer received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada and was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Spencer is a graduate of University of the Arts London and is currently studying Visual Studies at University of Toronto, St. George.
Lanze Kishong was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, where her family settled in the wake of the 1959 occupation and has been ever since. Lanze’s involvement in the Tibetan Freedom Movement started in the summer of 2017, at which time she was an intern at the Tibetan Youth Alliance Committee. Since then, she took part in the 2018 Free Tibet! Action Camp, attended SFT-organized protests and events and, joined SFT Ryerson University, where she currently serves as President. Lanze is currently studying Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University.
COmmunity events coordinator
Yeshi Lhamo was born in Bylakuppe, India and migrated to Canada at the age of 2. She is an active member of SFT University of Toronto - St. George. In 2018, Yeshi was elected as the Communications Coordinator at SFT-UTSG and was an essential member in the chapters success. She aided in the launch, production and editing process of “Tibet Talks”, a video series that engages UofT students, staff and faculty in all things Tibet. This September, she will be assuming the role of President at SFT-UTSG. Yeshi is currently studying Kinesiology and Physical Education at University of Toronto, St. George.
Tenzin Losel was born in Darjeeling, India to Tibetan refugees. His work in the Tibetan Freedom Movement began when he came to Canada in 2014. At just sixteen, he became an active member of SFT Toronto, helping with events, campaigns, protests, and other grassroots initiatives. As Programs Coordinator, Losel uses his experience to oversee campaigns and provide administrative support. Losel is a singer/songwriter who has performed on the SFT stage many times. Losel will be a student at York University in the fall, where he will join the historically active and strong SFT York chapter.