Nalandabodhi Executive Council Canada

The Nalandabodhi Executive Council of Canada (NECC) seeks to cultivate a harmonious Canadian Nalandabodhi sangha , which is the indispensable support for the development of our journey towards realization and our ability to be of benefit to others by facilitating the well-being and development of the sangha and fulfilling the executive and administrative functions of the Nalandabodhi Canada mandala.

Kim McMeans, Chair

Kim has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 1993, and has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1986. In addition to serving as the Chair of Nalandabodhi Executive Council, Canada she serves as a director on the Karma Sangha Canada. Kim holds a MEd from the University of British Columbia in Curriculum Development and has worked as an educator, both in the classroom and in administration for 30 years in Vancouver and Hong Kong.  Retired from teaching since 2005, Kim devotes her time to study, practice and administration as often as she can, in between traveling in the southern and eastern parts of the world.

Catherine Slone, Practice Director

Catherine Slone is the Practice Director for Nalandabodhi Executive Council, Canada.  She has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1970, first as a Zen practitioner, and then as a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2002. Catherine works in community development with a focus on mental health, and has degrees in nursing and counselling. She feels fortunate that her activity – in the Halifax community where she lives, and with Nalandabodhi on local and national levels – expresses her wish to be of service.

Susan Stewart, Study Director

Susan met Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 1997 and became a student in 1998. She has held the position of Nalandabodhi Executive Council Canada, Director of Study for since 2002 and has been a local study leader in Vancouver since 2000. She is a media artist, teacher and currently serves as Dean of the Faculty of Culture and Community, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver. Susan’s passion is studying the Dharma, with a bit of gardening on the side.

Connie McGregor, Finance

Connie is a professional accountant (CMA). She retired and moved to Vancouver in 2007, after living for 30 years in Edmonton, Alberta. Connie has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2006.  Connie has been involved in the Nalandabodhi Finance domain since 2007.


Joyce Lam, Finance Co-Director

Joyce became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 1992. Joyce worked as a social worker in Hong Kong before immigrating to Vancouver. She has translated the Nalandabodhi Curriculum into Chinese and helps to lead the Nalandabodhi Vancouver Chinese Study Group. Joyce also serves on the Karma Sangha Canada.


Sara Daly,
 Communications Director and Administrative Assistant to the Chair

Sara met with the dharma in 1991 while travelling in Nepal, and became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2004. In addition to being the Director of Membership and Communications, Sara also acts as Assistant to the Nalandabodhi Executive Council, Canada Chairs. Sara is a yoga teacher and lives in Newfoundland.