Toronto, Canada -- The Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre (TCCC) organized the 8th Annual Gala Event on May 16th, 2015. Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay attended the event as chief guest during his trip to Canada.
Additionally, Mr Kaydor Aukartsang, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas, was a Guest of Honor. The gala was attended by many Canadian dignitaries, Friends of Tibet and community members. This year's gala dinner was dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as Tibetans and Tibet supporters all around the world mark the 80th birthday of His Holiness.
Sikyong's visit to the Tibetan community in Toronto city was a year-long plan in the making. To honor him and express deep respect and appreciation, the Tibetan community in Ontario, and the Board of the TCCC presented Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay with a special "Gyatoen Award" for his strong leadership, unwavering support, and commitment to the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Other dignitaries at the event include Canadian MPP Cheri DiNovo, former Senator DiNino, and MP Bernard Trottier. The Canadian political leaders assured their continued support to Tibet and the Tibetan people.
Sikyong continued his trip to Canada the following day with a public talk addressing the policies of the Central Tibetan Administration and his commitment to the Middle Way Approach to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue.