Theirs was a good life. A nice home. A successful business. A son in medical school.
But when the bombs started falling on Damascus, Syria, the lives of the Hadhad family were blown apart.
From Damascus, to a refugee camp in Lebanon, and eventually to Canada, where Tareq Hadhad, the one-time medical student, arrived alone, with nothing. But community support and a drive to give back to that community helped the family thrive in their new home.
“Peace by Chocolate is not only about chocolate,” Hadhad told Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce in 2017. “It is an initiative to everybody to think about how newcomers contribute in their new home country. How they work really hard to rebuild their lives after they lose everything.”
From tragedy, success
Bombing destroys Hadhad home and chocolate business Assam Hadhad had been running since 1980. Assam and his family leave Syria.
Nov. 24, 2015
Federal Liberal Immigration Minister John McCallum announces plan to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees by February 2016.
Assam Hadhad begins selling chocolates at the Antigonish farmers market.
Peace by Chocolate wins the NOW Nova Scotia Good News Award
Peace by Chocolate wins Start Up Canada’s National Newcomer Entrepreneur Award
Chosen for Google National Hero Case