Peace By Chocolate and the University of Ottawa have announced a joint endeavour called the Welcome Bar, a fundraising initiative designed to promote inclusion and diversity in Canada and to benefit newcomers.
In 2012, Tareq Hadhad and his family lost everything to the war in Syria, their homeland. After moving to Canada and with the help of their community in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where they first moved, they were able to rebuild their lives and their chocolatier business in Canada.
"My family received a hand since coming to Canada, so now it is our turn to give back and support all of the organizations and the important work they do to help newcomers resettle and build a life for themselves in this country,” says Hadhad, Peace By Chocolate’s founder and CEO, adding, “The Refugee Hub is a fine example of the work that is being done to support newcomers around the country from coast to coast to coast. We are honoured and humbled to now have the ability to launch this initiative with them, to continue that work and reflect on the values on which we built Peace By Chocolate, which is to always give back, support our communities, and to work on issues that matter."
The beneficiary of this initiative will be the uOttawa Refugee Hub, which works to increase protection and rights for refugees by engaging in research, programming, and partnerships on a community, national, and international level. Proceeds from the Welcome Bar will help them continue their work and bring together refugee-related research & activities within the Faculty of Law and on the University of Ottawa campus.
'The University of Ottawa Refugee Hub is delighted to be partnering with Peace by Chocolate to launch the new Welcome Bar,” says Jennifer Bond, a law professor at uOttawa and the founder and Managing Director of the Refugee Hub. “Peace by Chocolate is itself the result of a Canadian welcome story, and this incredible business epitomizes the benefits of welcoming newcomers. The uOttawa Refugee Hub is committed to research, policy work, and programming that aims to help more communities say ‘Welcome to Canada."