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The Lebanese Heritage
From British Columbia to the world...

January 2013 - Volume 2013, No.01


Towards a genuine partnership with the Lebanese Migration

By Amin Nehme - President, The Lebanese Development Network
(Learn more about Amin Nehme)

The Lebanese migration has formed over the centuries an essential socio-economic withstand in Lebanon in peacetime or even in times of crisis. In a simple review of the strategic nature of the relationship with this segment of the Lebanese people, the numbers remain the best proof for not only the importance of its conservation but at the level of setting it as a priority in order to activate a progressive process with all its available possibilities. At a glance on the size of the remittances in the past three years, we find that the level of the numbers had not changed according to the declining economic situation in the world, but that this level maintained its stability with some minor differences. In the year 2010, remittances accounted for about 7,619 billion compared to 7,612 billion in 2011, with 7.578 in 2012, equivalent to about 20% of the rate of GDP. These figures, though shown with their simple variation, but they indicate the importance and effectiveness of this segment of the Lebanese with the support it represents on the material, moral, economic and human development. On the other hand, despite the importance of these figures with whatever they constitutes being a major supportive element of living and the cornerstone for a large section of the Lebanese, but they are regarded in their entirety as proceedings’ contributions. Hence the call for an initiative to draft a partnership integrated between the Diaspora and the productive economic sectors in Lebanon on one hand, and the civil society institutions on the other hand in order to frame this income in sustainable socio-economic projects. However, the returns may be allocated efficiently to benefit the greatest number of Lebanese by keeping the profile of its social support and consequently constitute the best opportunity for investment for the participants. The organization of this enormous migrant energy in a systematic process of rationalization would establish the foundation of an unprecedented social front and constitutes in return a unique model in the constant search for alternatives.

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Story of the Month

20th of December: a full day on the calendar in our family

This is the story of how one day on the calendar became quite meaningful in our family. Before I start, though, permit me to do some quick introductions to the people involved, and to tell you why this story is being published on this website in the first place. I am married to Mary Frances Thomas, the oldest child of her Lebanese dad, Francis Anthony Thomas, and Czech mom, Lillie Mae Nohavitza Thomas. We moved to BC in the early 1970s to help start a business, and a couple of years later, her younger sister, Theresa Anne Thomas Thayer, came with her son, Coby Christian Thayer, to live with us. Theresa met and married Gordon Ray Frank of Quesnel, BC, a couple of years after that. Gordon passed away from post-polio complications in August 2011.
Mary and Theresa have a younger brother, Michael Francis Thomas, but he is not part of this story, except for a quick introduction below. In addition, Theresa and Gordon had a son, Jamey Francis Frank, who also is not part of this story. Maybe they’ll be part of another one sometime!
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Quote of the Month

"Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless." - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi - (1828-1910)


To Melinda Spencer and Aaron Wesley Sackett who got married on December 20, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they both live and work. We wish them all the best.
Aaron is the son of the proud parents: Beau Jon Sackett (Author of Jan 2013's "Story of the Month") and Mary Frances Thomas the granddaughter of Said Thomas and Susan Ferris (Emigrated from Lebanon in early years of the last century).
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Here, There and Yonder

  • THE LEBANESE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF BC is pleased to inform you that Arabic Learning classes have begun on Friday January 25, 2013. The course will include written and spoken Arabic.
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  • There
  • We are pleased to issue the Toronto WLCU's first Bulletin. It brings you recent national and local WLCU news
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  • Yonder
  • John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 Included the following: And so, my fellow Americans: “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. Not Many Lebanese and other peoples knows that these words was written by Gibran, 50 years before the speech of president Kennedy.
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Culture & Multiculturalism

Interviews & Profiles

Economy in Lebanon

Lebanese Emigration

  • On the 16 Jan,2013. Radio Canada International conducted with Dr Nick kahwaji an 8 minutes interview with 4 subjects: 1)the Lebanese in the TITANIC. 2)The stamp of the Lebanese emigrant. 3)The Online newsletter: The Lebanese Heritage , from BC to the World 4)The Lebanese Electoral Laws, and the Diaspora participation in the Lebanese election
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  • Electoral Law Proposal for Lebanon By Elias Aoun (Lebanese American Attorney)
  • Inauguration of Kahlil Gibran Cultural Space in Caracas | Venezuela | Feb 2, 2013
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    Spanish... Arabic...
  • A Statue for Kahlil Gibran in Los Angeles

Roots and Wings

Various Publications

  • Discover one of the richest Lebanese Newsletter which is published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese
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  • Spotlight Newsletter
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  • Raff's Newsletter November-December 2012 Read more ...

WLCU Archives

  • Lebanese Canadian Society of British Columbia | Duties Exectuive Committee
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  • Here, There and Yonder | Back in 2004
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United Nations(UN) News

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