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Apr 25
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Mandala Appointments and Retirements

The Interim Board of Shambhala would like to announce the following appointments and retirements on behalf of the Government Pillar and the Pillar of Practice and Education:

Kalapa Publications: Emily Sell succeeding Jeanne Cain as Director

Santiago, Chile: Magali Meneses retiring

Annapolis, N.S.: Christine Heming retiring
Edmonton, AB: David Kahane retiring
Fort Collins, CO: Jonathan Barbieri retiring
Madrid: Felipe Rodriguez retiring
Philadelphia, P.A.: Alexander deVaron succeeding Tom Berthoff as Shastri
Pioneer Valley, MA: Andrea Darby retiring
St. Margaret’s Bay, N.S.: Alice Haspray retiring
Santiago, Chile: Elisa Marzuca, Francesca Nilo and Jaime Sepúlveda retiring
Vancouver: Joachim Sehrbrock and Mariel Gomez retiring

Asheville: Donald Sheehan succeeding Matthew Parkinson
Fort Collins: Pam Turner and Keith Ela succeeding Gailmarie Kimmel
Ottawa: Loretta Colton and Colin Cordner succeeding Lynn MacDonald
San Diego: Carolyn Larson-Garcia succeeding Louise Julig
Sao Paolo: Patricia Regner Hatushikano succeeding Charles Betito-Filho
Toronto: Victoria Hagens, incoming director

We would like to welcome those warriors entering, or re-entering, their positions of leadership, and thank those retiring warriors for their heartfelt and devoted service to Shambhala.

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9 responses to “ Mandala Appointments and Retirements ”
  1. Zachariah Finley
    Apr 26, 2019

    To call all of these “retirements” is complete whitewashing. A number of these are in fact resignations. It is, at least in part, an exodus of leaders who are angry and heartbroken. That is the real story here, and it is what the Shambhala Times should be reporting on, unless you simply wish to be the propaganda arm of an organization doing damage control.

  2. Jamie Moffat
    May 5, 2019

    Hi Zachariah – can you please let me know where the statement has been posted? Would like to share them through the Buddhist Project Sunshine News Service – I only have just seen your letter copied on Facebook. Are you aware of others?

    All the best,


  3. Angela Pressburger
    Apr 26, 2019

    Since it didn’t make it into this list, please note that our Canadian Land Centre, Dorje Denma Ling, will host an Oath Ceremony on Sunday, May 5, 2019, to celebrate outgoing Director, Heather Scott and welcome our new Director, Catherine Neil.

  4. Agreed

  5. Sabine Putze
    Apr 28, 2019

    I think the letter of the Interim Board said the same as Zachariah Finley: “Many of these individuals have publicly shared their reasons for stepping down; each person’s account is nuanced and distinct so we wish not to gloss over their reasons –including a feeling that they were appointed by the Sakyong and can no longer serve as his representative–with a neutral term like “retirement.” We wish to acknowledge the personal struggle faced by many leaders at this time. ”
    So I see an acknowledgement here of the fact that these are not a “retirements”as usual. Liebe Grüße aus Wien/Austria.

  6. Zachariah Finley
    Apr 30, 2019

    Sabine, I do Not think it would be too difficult acknowledge this, not only in the communication from the IB, but here in Shambhala Times as well. I also do not think it would be too difficult to add links to the public statements that have been made by those resigning.
    I think we have to be very careful at this time not to cover over the truth with seemingly “neutral” language.
    Liebe grüße zurück!

  7. Shambhala Times Team
    Apr 30, 2019

    Thank you for this feedback. We at the Shambhala Times are in the process of reaching out to each person on this list regarding how they would like the end of their post to be acknowledged: either as a retirement, as a resignation, or as something else. We will post an update to this story on this page.

  8. Zachariah Finley
    May 1, 2019

    Thank you so much for this.

  9. Christine Heming
    May 2, 2019

    I am posting to clarify my position in stepping down, which I feel is a retirement. I was planning to retire in the fall. I stepped down earlier not out of anger but simply to become once again an ordinary citizen of Shambhala and speak only with my own voice. It felt right.

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