4:00 p.m. - 21. The Peace by Chocolate Story
Friday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Business and Faith
“In Syria, it was my father’s passion to make chocolates. He was an excellent chocolatier, and he established a factory in Damascus for 20 years”
Spend more time with Tareq Hadhad hearing behind the scenes stories of Peace by Chocolates beginnings.
For more than 20 years the Hadhad family shipped their specialty treats all over the Middle East to countries like Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon.
Like much of their homeland, the Hadhad chocolate factory was destroyed in a bombing that forced Tareq's family to leave everything behind and flee to Lebanon.
For three years they found their home in a refugee camp with little opportunity or hope. Their lives had been forever altered and they dreamed of returning to the lives we love. When their family was invited into Canada and became full Canadian citizens their dreams came true. With the support of their new community Antigonish and the people of Nova Scotia the Hadhad family rebuilt their chocolate company and are once again doing the work they love.
Tareq Hadhad is a founder of Peace by Chocolate and a medical researcher. He moved to Canada in December 2015 as a Syrian newcomer. He studied medicine at Damascus University and proceeded to join the medical relief efforts for the Syrian refugees with UNHCR and WHO through a local organization when he arrived in Lebanon in 2013 as a refugee himself. Passionate about peace and youth entrepreneurship, and just after arriving in Canada, he and his family started their company “Peace by Chocolate” in Antigonish, NS, to sponsor peace-building projects and support the local economy by offering jobs.