The Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax - at a glance
First Lebanese settler arrive in Halifax in the late 1800’s.
Founding member and first President of the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax was Lieutenant Edward Francis Arab.
The first meeting of the Society was held on November 13, 1938.
In 1953 an Act to incorporate the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax was passed in the Nova Scotia Legislature.
In 1959 the Society hosted its first official dinner honouring the visit to Halifax of Dr. Charles Malik, the Lebanese Foreign Minister at the time.
In 1966 the first community centre, operated by the Society and known as the Canadian Lebanon Social Club opened and was located on Quinpool Road in Halifax.
The Society joined the World Lebanese Cultural Union in 1974 and sent delegates to an international convention hosted by the Union in Chile in 1978.
In 1974 the weekly radio program “Journey Into Lebanon” first hit the airwaves and lasted on air for 10 years.
In 1977 the Society hosted an event to welcome Sheikh Bashir Gemayel who would, in 1983 become President-Elect of Lebanon.
After 15 years of lobbying and with the support of Archbishop James Hayes, the Society was successful in 1979 of having their request for a Maronite Priest assigned to minister to the Maronites in Halifax. This was confirmed with the arrival of Monsignor Kheirallah Aoukar, who founded Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church.
In 2018 the Province of Nova Scotia declared November to be “Lebanese Heritage Month” in the province.