By: Michael Faddoul
Thanks to the hard work of our individuals, organizations, churches, and festivals, the Lebanese will forever be known here in community of Halifax as one of the most well-known, respected and successful group of Emigrants not only in Nova Scotia, but I truly believe world-wide. We have worked hard to succeed in commerce, but in the same time have maintained our roots, our culture, and our Lebanese heritage here with us in our new nation of Canada.
Our Emigrants definitely went through some obstacles and struggles to be where they are today. They left their families and friends in Lebanon, they had to learn a new language, and they came with little resources. They had their faith and were willing to work hard in order to succeed and to provide for their families.
I truly admire and respect all of our Lebanese Emigrants who have come to Canada and who have come and worked hard to make it a more comfortable living condition for my generation. If it was not for our Lebanese Emigrants we not have had:
Our churches, our associations, our festivals, and our gatherings
We would not be able to do the commerce that we do today.
Our voices would not be herd.
Our tight community would not exist.
We would have lost our traditions, our food, our culture and our Lebanon.
For the past 16 years the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax has hosted a day dedicated to our Emigrants known as the “day of the Lebanese Emigrant”. Emigrant’s day is celebrated each year to show case and look back at the risk, sacrifice and determination that we made to be where we are today and where and what we can do to strive to make our new country a better place for the upcoming generation and not to forget our culture and heritage of Lebanon. On this day, the Honorary Consul of Lebanon in Halifax, Mr. Wadih Fares will recognize an individual or an organization by awarding them as Emigrant of the year who has succeeded and in the same time has given back to the community.
This year the day of the Lebanese Emigrant was held on Sunday May 15, 2016 at the Olympic Community Centre. A small cocktail reception was held prior to the event where guests had a chance to mingle and enjoy some Lebanese Hors d’oeuvres. There were many dignitaries who attended the event including: His Honor Brigadier General, The Honorable J.J. Grant Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Mr. Wadih Fares, the Honorary Consul of Lebanon in Halifax and his wife Mrs. Cathy Fares, various Members of the Legislative Assembly, Very Reverend Archpriest Father Maximos Saikali, Pastor of Saint Antonios Church, His Worship Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality, various Councilors, various Chairs, and Presidents of our Lebanese groups and Associations, some of our past Emigrant of the year recipient’s and our host Mr. Georges Samara, President of the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax and his wife Wadiaa.
Various speeches were given that afternoon from all levels of government, who all seemed to have the same message which was: a big thank you to all of our Lebanese community for what they have done and continue do, to help better our city, our province and our nation. A special thank you goes out to the various dance groups in our community who performed at the event.
This year’s recipient of the Emigrant of the year was Mr. George Chater who accepted his award surrounded by his family and loved ones.
This event has occurred 16 consecutive years. We have recognized individual emigrants and organizations for all of their achievements and all of what they have done to better this community. I am sure we will continue this tradition for many years to come. There will be more individual emigrants and organizations that will be recognized and there will be some that may not be recognized, this is not the point. The point is we have all in some way have made this community a better place, and I encourage you all to continue to support our community, while maintaining our Lebanese traditions. All of our emigrants have made us proud. You have made this city proud, this province proud, Canada proud, and more importantly Lebanon proud.
The Honorary Consulate of Lebanon
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