After completing a biology undergraduate degree in Kentucky and moving to Canada, it didn’t take long for Tsering Dolma to embed herself in Toronto’s environmental movement.
She first served as a Live Green Toronto volunteer during 2009-2010 with the Toronto Environmental Office. In addition to helping with events, she attended weekly two-hour seminars on Toronto’s environmental issues, which prepared her for work later on.
She took a job in 2010 with the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), for which she became volunteer coordinator. She trained and engaged hundreds of new volunteers. Laura Buccioni, TEA office manager and Dolma’s nominator, explained that the influx of volunteer support that allowed the organization to weather budget cuts “would not have been possible without Dolma's tireless work.” The next year, Dolma became Community Outreach Coordinator for the Alliance.
Prior to moving out of Kentucky, Dolma worked at the Centre for Excellence in Learning Through Service at Berea College. She led water conservation efforts, organized an Appalachian restoration campaign, championed climate change activism through the Power Vote campaign leading up to the 2008 Presidential Election and participated in other environmental endeavours.
Dolma’s environmental passion is coupled with her interest in social justice. She acted as President of the Berea, Kentucky chapter of Students for a Free Tibet during 2008-2009, and has since continued her involvement as an active member. With the N Street Village in Washington, DC, she was a program assistant with the Bethany Women’s Centre. Through research and her own experiences in working with the Village, she was able to report and give presentations on poverty, chronic mental illness and substance abuse in the area.
Dolma’s knowledge of the environment has been duly recognized. At the 93rd annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, she was given a first place award in the Ecology and Environmental Science section. Her activism has earned her a number of other awards over the years.