Cheers erupted today at Halifax’s Pier 21 as the founder of a growing Antigonish, N.S., chocolate company who came to Canada as a refugee from Syria became a Canadian citizen.
Tareq Hadhad of Peace by Chocolate smiled from ear to ear as he was called up to officially receive his Canadian citizenship, the first in his family to do so.
Tareq’s father, Assam Hadhad, was a chocolate maker in Damascus for two decades, employing 30 people in his factory.
Before the country was ravaged by war and the factory was bombed, the company used to ship specialty treats across the Middle East.
After fleeing Syria, Hadhad’s family settled in Antigonish in 2016 and built a social enterprise — Peace by Chocolate — which sells its products across the country and employs more than 45 people, including other refugees.
Last month, Hadhad announced on Twitter he had passed his Canadian citizenship test with a perfect score. The post garnered tens of thousands of likes and congratulations from the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Can’t hide this anymore! I passed my Canadian citizenship test with a 100% Score, not even one answer was wrong. My ceremony will be in a few weeks. They said bring your family, but not sure if there is a venue that can fit 37.59 Million Canadians, I have a big family now 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/FTUfncx0rx