Join TRAS directors and friends for a fun-filled evening of conversation and great food

at the Mount Everest Kitchen & Grill – Tuesday, June 13, 2023

538 Seymour Street, Vancouver

7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Tickets – $35.00

Pay by credit card, phone 604-224-5133 or by e-transfer to

Handicrafts for sale – Door Prizes


Soup of the day

Papadum (lentil crackers)

Mixed green salad

Vegetable pakora


Main course:

Mix vegetable chow mein

Dal makhani

Mix vegetable curry

Goat curry

Chicken korma

Butter naan

Basmati Rice


Gulab jamun

Rice pudding

No host bar available


Robert Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund

The Robert Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund was established by his wife, Marthena in March 2023

Robert Edward Fitzpatrick was born in 1945 on a farm near Vankleek Hill, Ontario.  His mother was a teacher and was widowed with six children to raise and a farm to run. Robert learned early the values of hard work and helping others—and he had the energy for it!  He studied at Laurentian University and later, he and his wife, Marthena were married in 1973.  They moved to Vancouver in 1984 and Robert ran his own construction company until his retirement in 2000. 

Robert and Marthena became enamored by the effective projects TRAS were involved in and became regular supporters. Marthena knew that creating a memorial fund would be a wonderful way to help support TRAS, and to leave a legacy for Robert and what he cared about in this world. Those who knew him variously described Robert as a man “whose smile made you feel as if you were just the person he wanted to see”, and “a good man with a good heart”. 

Marthena writes “He will always be missed. Thanks to TRAS for this splendid opportunity to commemorate Robert and the causes he supported.”

If you would like to donate to the Robert Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund to support Tibetan youth you can do so by:

  • Credit card online via CanadaHelps
    CanadaHelps is a registered charity that supports Canadian charities by providing a platform for online donations.
  • Bank e-transfer to and include a note that your donation is for the Robert Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund.
  • Credit card by phoning the TRAS office at 604-224-5133 (the phone line is monitored regularly).
  • Cheque made out to TRAS. Please note “Robert Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund” on the bottom of the cheque, and mail it to:

    1183 Melville St 
    Vancouver, BC, V6E 2X5

A conversation with author and Giller Prize nominee Tsering Yangzom Lama and TRAS

A Zoom event
Monday, February 27, 2023
7:00 pm PST

Breathtaking, powerful, gorgeously written – just some of the praise for her debut novel about Tibetans in exile, a story of colonization, exile and the importance of family. Tsering’s book, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2022. 

Event overview: We are excited to offer this Zoom event and extend an invitation to our friends everywhere to join TRAS in a conversation with Tsering Yangzom Lama.

To register: Email 
An email with the Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before the event. 

Donations for this free event will go to TRAS’ Tibetan projects. Donate here.

Hold the date: Monday, February 27, 2023 at 7:00 pm (PST).

Please share this invitation with your friends and networks, everyone is welcome!

Meet the author:

   (photo credit: Paige Crichter)

Tsering Yangzom Lama is a Tibetan Canadian author based in Vancouver. Born and raised in Nepal, she’s also lived in Toronto and New York City. 

Her debut novel, We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies, published in 2022, recounts a Tibetan family’s struggle to create new lives of dignity, love and hope after China’s invasion of Tibet in the 1950s. Readers follow sisters Lhamo and Tenkyi on a multi-decade journey through exile, from a harrowing trek across the Himalayas to a refugee camp on the border of Nepal. Decades later, the sisters are separated. Tenkyi lives in Toronto with Lhamo’s daughter Dolma, who has to decide if it’s worth risking her dreams to help her community. 

Tsering Yangzom Lama holds a BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and a MFA from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Globe and Mail, the Malahat Review and Grain. She has been a resident at Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center and more. Lama is currently a storytelling advisor with Greenpeace International. 

We look forward to seeing you on February 27. 2023 at 7:00 pm (PST)

The TRAS Board