To counteract the effects of Covid, the Old Orchard Blossoms have taken their fundraising efforts online. In addition to the sale of stunning cards and unique items from around the world on our website (Old Orchard Blossoms) we would now like to offer you a series of AUTHOR EVENTS on the theme of the Canadian immigrant experience. We are doing these events in partnership with the Brampton BramGrans grandmother group.
Between March 13th and March 20th inclusive, you can access a compelling and informative interview with our first guests, Jon Tattrie, the author of Peace by Chocolate: The Hadhad Family’s Remarkable Journey from Syria to Canada and Tareq Hadhad, the eldest of the Hadhad siblings who, with their parents, are the subject of Jon’s latest book. Jon is a journalist with CBC News in Halifax. He has taught journalism at the University of King’s College and fiction writing at Dalhousie University and is the author of seven books, including the Canadian bestseller, The Hermit of Africville. Tareq is the CEO of the Peace by Chocolate company and a sought-after public speaker. He has a passion for peace and entrepreneurship and is a board member at Invest Nova Scotia.
Jon’s heartwarming book was published in October 2020 and tells the story of the Hadhads’ life in Syria, and their flight from that war-torn country to the difficulties and deprivations of refugee life in Lebanon. Then one tale ends and another begins with their enthusiastic welcome from the citizens of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. After losing everything in the brutal Syrian civil war, Tareq Hadhad and his family have embraced Canada and Canadians and have built a new and successful life, generously giving back to the country and the people who gave them shelter. The chocolates produced by their company, Peace by Chocolate, are now sold in stores across Canada and online.
Our moderator for this event will be Nancy Moon, a member of the SLF BramGrans who is a retired teacher, a voracious and discerning reader, a sponsor of a refugee family from Eritrea, a member of an Amnesty International Action Circle and a lover of chocolate.
Please share this email with family, friends and any interested groups. The event is Free but we would hugely appreciate any Donations, large or small, with income tax receipts being issued for donations of $20 or more. All funds raised go to the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and will be directed to grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa. which provide aid to African grandmothers caring for their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. These resilient and brave women are now battling not just the life-changing effects of AIDS but also those of Covid 19. More information about the Grandmothers Campaign is available here.
Enjoy our Zoom event. You don’t need to have read the book in order to enjoy this event, but we know you will want to read it afterwards! Order Peace by Chocolate: The Hadhad Family’s Remarkable Journey from Syria to Canada from your local independent bookstore. Order a piece of chocolate (or more) from Peace by Chocolate . And stay tuned for more information about our future author talks.
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