Episode #12

with Tareq Hadhad and Houssam Alloum

Released: September 16, 2021

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Show Notes

This week, Diana and Steve chat with a brand new Canadian citizen, who is also a motivational speaker, author and the CEO/founder of Peace by Chocolate… Tareq Hadhad! Tareq tells the story of how his family’s home and chocolate factory in Damascus was destroyed during the Syrian war, forcing them to live in a refugee camp for years before being welcomed into the small Nova Scotian community of Antigonish where they rebuilt their chocolate business, ‘Peace by Chocolate.’

Tareq introduces us to another new Canadian, Syrian artist Houssam Alloum. Houssam spent over 400 hours drawing a portrait of Tareq’s father holding a chocolate bar with the word ‘peace’ in Arabic. Houssam explains his style of ‘hyper realistic’ art, why he chooses to show his life experiences through his artwork and how art can bring awareness to important causes like eradicating gun violence against children.


Tareq Hadhad

Houssam Alloum

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Diana Frances

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