Carolyn Mandelker

Executive Director of Shambhala

Carolyn is the Executive Director of Shambhala, appointed to this position by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2010, after serving for seven years as the Director of Practice and Education. As Executive Director, Carolyn heads the Kalapa Executive, which provides the central services of the mandala.

Over the years, Carolyn has interwoven her professional career as an Audiologist with her service to Shambhala. She previously held the positions of Resident Director of Shambhala Training at Karme Choling from 1994-1996, and Centre Director in Toronto, Canada from 1990-1992. Before, between, and sometimes during those posts, she worked full time as the founding director of the Educational Audiology program at the Toronto District School Board, designing and delivering service to over 600 hard of hearing and deaf children, and managing a 1 million dollar budget. Since moving to Halifax with her family in 2002, she has worked periodically in Halifax as a private practice audiologist.

Carolyn’s Shambhala name is Thunder Star.

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