NCCAR’s new Board Member Dr. Qais Ghanem, along with co-author Elie M. Nasrallah, are launching their new book “My Arab Spring, My Canada” in Ottawa on October 22nd.
Ottawa Mayor Watson has kindly accepted an invitation to speak at the book launch. Many prominent and well-known Ottawans will also be present.
DATE: OCTOBER 22, 2012
TIME: 7 – 9 PM
LOCATION: ST. ELIAS CHURCH, BASEMENT-HALL
750 RIDGEWOOD AVE
Light refreshments will be served
Admission and parking is free. The book is available to purchase for $ 12.
• What does the Arab awakening mean in the Canadian context?
• Reasons why the 350,000-plus Canadians of Arab descent should feel empowered, encouraged and enhanced by the Arab spring
• The Arab awakening generation has a historic opportunity to change the image of Arabs in Canada and be empowered
• The aim and mission is to reach, engage, and challenge Arab Canadian citizens to think anew in order to act anew in light of the Arab spring
• The second aim is to challenge Canadians to reboot and reformat their relationship with the Arab diaspora given the potential convergence of values owing to the Arab spring struggle for democracy, dignity, and development
|Qais Ghanem graduated in medicine from the University of
Edinburgh. He immigrated to Canada in 1970. He is past president of the
Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists. Now retired from medicine,
he hosts the CHIN Ottawa 97.9FM radio show Dialogue with Diversity, (Wednesdays
at 3 pm) which he created 6 years ago. He blogs for Huffington Post,
and is a regular columnist for Gulf News, Dubai.He has published:
a book of poetry, English and Arabic, 2 mystery novels about Yemen: FINAL
FLIGHT FROM SANAA, and TWO BOYS FROM ADEN COLLEGE.
Book details on his website: www.dialogueswithdiversity.com
|Elie Mikhael Nasrallah, born in Lebanon, graduated from Carleton University with an honours degree in political science.
He also obtained a Regulatory Law Administration certificate from Algonquin College.
He has been practicing since 1988 as a certified immigration consultant,
Elie is a writer and commentator for major newspapers in North America and the Middle East and appears frequently on major media
|In My Arab Spring, My Canada, authors Qais Ghanem and Elie M. Nasrallah have given this country, their country, a valuable gift. This book — co-authored by a Muslim and a Christian, both of Arab descent, both proud Canadians — is a pocket guide for those who come from the Middle East as well as a useful reference for those already here. Nasrallah has roots that go all the way back to the Titanic, so these are hardly starry-eyed or discouraged newcomers. They examine immigration from earliest days to today and they look to the future with great optimism.”
Roy MacGregor, author of Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People