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

February | March 2013 - Volume 2013, No.02


In every country wherever it is located, the Lebanese becomes a sincere citizen of that country.

By His excellency The Minister of Culture Gaby Layoun
(Read orginial Editorial in French)

If Lebanon was not my country, I would have chosen Lebanon to be my country,” said Gibran Khalil Gibran.
The more I travel the world to meet my compatriots, the more I realize the commitment that they have to their motherland, to the point that I consider every Lebanese living outside Lebanon is a true ambassador of his/her country.
While the Lebanese are extremely attached to their land; culturally, socially, and emotionally, their adaptability is unusual.
They maintain wisely their special charisma that is recognized from a distance, the Lebanese people become genuine and sincere citizens to their adopted country; they speak its language, and make contributions to its culture, economy, and politics.
Since the times of the Phoenicians, the Lebanese explored the world and from each country they obtained the best of its civilization. At the crossroads between the East and West, the Lebanese were able to benefit from the exquisite culture of both worlds, so different, to the point that they feel at home wherever they are.
Recently, I went on a trip to Venezuela and I met the vibrant Lebanese Community there who generated capital gain which is highly valued by the Venezuelan native people
In Caracas, the capital, I had the pleasure of inaugurating an exceptional place, financed by our community and dedicated to our great Gibran Khalil Gibran: A library and public garden remarkably entwined between culture and nature. The innovative spirit of the Lebanese has no limit…
The Inauguration was attended by the World Lebanese Cultural Union “WLCU” delegates who came from the four corners of the globe to share the happiness of our emigrants who wanted to prove that Lebanon, who rubbed a large number of civilizations, is a synonym of enjoyment of life, not war or conflicts.
The country of Jacques Cartier is a vivid testimony: Since the outbreak of the 1975 war, Canada was a major host country for the Lebanese in search of peacefulness. Our grateful community has contributed to the development of this country culturally, economically, and socially.
During the troubled times facing our region, Lebanon remained, against all odds, a haven of peace and democracy. It continued to be, as always, a country of refuge for the persecuted or those willing to make their voice heard. Perhaps, it may often made wrong, but it helped a little in its own way by contributing to the cultural, political expression, and social development in the Middle East.
Gaby Layoun
Minister of Culture

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Story of the Month

The Tannous Dabes (Davis) Family: From Bekfaya to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

In 1891 Tannous Dabes (later known as Davis) travelled from his home village of Bkfaya, in Mt Lebanon to Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. He left behind his young wife, Elizabeth and three young children Joseph, Walter and Victoria. Elizabeth came from a well-educated family in Lebanon. She had been a schoolteacher before she married and she left behind one brother who was a doctor of medicine and another who was an Orthodox priest and, later, a bishop. Nevertheless, she was prepared to join her husband as he tried his luck in a remote country.
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Quote of the Month

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires. Kahlil Gibran

Sincere Condolences

The Lebanese community of Victoria lost a great member, Mr Elias Eskandar Past President of the Victoria association in BC: Dear friends, As you know, we lost a great man, my brother in law Elias leaving behind him many friends and relatives in Canada and Lebanon. Georgette, his wife and my sister, his sons Richard in Maple Ridge, Henri in Bordeaux, Michel in Ramouski Quebec and Maya in San Diego. He came to Canada in July 1991, he was a strong believer in family first, he served as president of our Association in Victoria, a strong leader and strong communicator. He resided 6 months in Lebanon and 6 in Victoria. He is missed already and our memory of him will always be alive. May God Bless his soul. By Georges Murr


Here, There and Yonder

  • WLCU BC Council and LCS of BC received $500 Donation from RBC Bank via Elie EL-Zammar
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  • There
  • WLCU NY & NJ CHAPTERS Would like to invite you to The Annual Gala Dinner Honoring Dr. Jack Tohme - Prof. Zuhayr Moghrabi - Dr. Edgar Y. Choueiri & Commemorating Ambassador Fouad Al -Turk - Dr. Alfred Saad
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  • Yonder
  • Women and the Web: Why Internet Access Matters | Provided by Allison Morris
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • The Saga Lebanon - Dakar - Marseille: Liliane Rada Nasser by Roberto Khatlab
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  • Le véritable printemps libanais? par Bahjat RIZK
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  • In the magazine, Touristica international. Read about the activities of the Phoenician International Research Centre, also the Tyre Story: Phoenicians reaching north America, brought with them architectural ideas like Pyramids and monumental stone structures.
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Interviews & Profiles

Economy in Lebanon

Lebanese Emigration

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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  • "NGO Capacity Building Program" Module 1, 2013 Read more ...

WLCU Archives

    Lebanese statue in Brisbane-Australia :the-third-anniversary (Feb 2010-Feb 2013)
  • On the 21th February 2010 the Australian Lebanese community in the city of Brisbane experienced a proud feeling that they could never forget. On that day the statue of the Lebanese Emigrant, “El Emigrante Lebanes”, was erected on a beautiful Park in the middle of Brisbane city in a wonderful ceremony… By Antoine Ghanem
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