The Washingtonian Bhutanese have elected its new executive board to serve the community organization, the Bhutanese Community Resource Center (BCRC), for the year 2012-13 amidst a gathering at Lutheran Community Center, SeaTac Washington.
Tulsi Dabadi obtained majority of votes for the chairman while Khem Rizal, Madhav Timilsina and Mitra Dhital were elected as Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary respectively, tasked to lead the team formally from July 1.
All the 27 newly elected board members, the outgoing boards and other community members from six different cities in Western Washington gathered to provide the future leadership to BCRC.
Among the guests, Tom Madina, the Washington state refugee coordinator was also present. Speaking to the Bhutanese, Madina expressed happiness regarding BCRC`s 501 c (3) status achievement and interacted with the community regarding the needs and the challenges Bhutanese face during the process of resettlement.
“Bhutanese have the largest arrival in Washington and are doing fairly good,” he said.
He elaborated on the citizenship classes and other opportunities that refugees could take advantage of. He expressed his willingness to help the Bhutanese community grow and to become self reliant in their new home.
Speaking to the community members after election, new Chairman Dabadi claimed that his leadership would give priority to help the community mitigating the immediate needs, apply for grants to run direct services programs and to build young leadership.
Outgoing chairman Tanka Dhital thanked everyone for the help his team received in the past years.
Bhutanese in western Washington live in six cities of Everett, Rainier, Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac and Kent.
Reported for BNS from Washington by Yug Dabadi