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LCS of BC | President’s Message 2014?:Our youth are the guarantee of the future of our Lebanese Canadian Society in BC.

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President’s Message

Introducing New Board Elected on March 8, 2014

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President’s Message

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Our youth are the guarantee of the future of our Lebanese Canadian Society in BC!

Dear Community Members,

One year of my term as President of the Lebanese Canadian Society of BC has already passed. Talking about this successful year cannot be summarized in a few lines!

The highlight for me has been working with the board as well as all the members. The main reason of achieving our goals in 2013 is attributed to everyone’s efforts and time they took to volunteer to make the events a success.

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on March 8th, 2014, last year’s activities were reviewed and activities for the coming years were planned. Everyone was in agreement that our youth are the guarantee of the future of the Lebanese Canadian Society of BC. The attendees had the opportunity to celebrate the International Lebanese Emigrant Day and enjoyed a Lebanese Dinner.

The newly elected board is ready for another year of challenges…from the core events that the LCS of BC organizes each year to creating new initiatives, events and activities. The youth will be the driving engine towards the success of those events.

Today marks the end of the first 5 decades of the LCS of BC and I would like to invite all of you to be part of the beginning of a new Era that will guarantee a great future for our society. Your contribution starts by maintaining an active membership by ensuring your dues are paid on-time. Make sure you attend all of our upcoming events and encourage your children/youth to attend and volunteer at our acitivities.

To conclude, I would like to thank each and every one of you for all that you have done in 2013. Nothing can be done without your support and involvement.


Camille Louis

LCS President

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Lebanese Emigrant Day!

… Celebration of the International Day of the Lebanese Emigrant during the LCS of BC AGM 2014
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Camille Louis, LCS President, presenting plaques of recognition to the past board members Gretta Chediac and Nesrine Jabbour.


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Dr. Nick Kahwaji


Vice President
Resident of BC, and member of LCS since 24 years. My Wife and I became active in the society in an objective to nurture the Lebanese roots in our born Canadian kids. Past president of LCS and of the WLCU-BC council. I became a World Secretary General of the WLCU (Oct 2009-Mar 2012 ), and a main representative of the WLCU in the UN-Department of Public information since 2009. I would like to help in any way the board needs me. I am proud to work with the enthusiastic new board members to keep the Lebanese cultural alive, and to connect all the Lebanese together in the lower mainland, as well as in the province, and worldwide.

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Carla Zarifeh

My family emigrated from Lebanon in 1989. In 2001, we joined the LCS and have been involved in the association since then. Since 1995, I have been working at a private swim school, Aquaventures Swim Centre. I am the managing director and my position provides the grounds to combine my passion for running a business and teaching. Both my parents have served on the board of directors of both LCS and WLCU, so I have always been actively involved in the association in many ways (preparing food for picnics, MC’ing when the ambassador was visiting, helping out with the sound system, ladies’ brunch, and much more.) I am proud to be a member of the new board of directors and will continue to do whatever it takes to keep the Lebanese Canadian Society moving forward and growing while enhancing the Lebanese spirit, heritage and culture for my children and other youth.

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Nicolas Zammar

My family and I immigrated to Canada in 1991. We lived in Ottawa for a few months before relocating to Vancouver. I was a mechanic for about 20 years and had my own Auto Body shop, but am now retired. My family and I have always been actively involved in the community. I was a member of the Mashghara Association before immigrating to Canada when we joined the LCS in 1992. It wasn’t until 2004 that I became a member of the board of directors of the LCS as the Treasurer. As we live in a multicultural environment, I strongly believe that we should all do everything we can to ensure that our roots are carried over to our children and grandchildren. As a proud member of the board of directors, I strongly value the Lebanese culture and the heritage. My mission for our society is to encourage the community involvement and continuous growth of the Lebanese culture so we may never forget our roots.

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Nicolas Haddad

I immigrated to Canada since few years back. Currently working with HSBC Bank of Canada as Account Manager for Business Banking. Being a volunteer in two different NGO organizations in Lebanon and organizing 4 entertainment/educational events during my years of university in USJ I believe that I can offer and create new ideas / concepts along with the LCS board that will place the Lebanese Community in BC in an exceptional position. My focus will be mainly on the Lebanese youth in BC and my objective is to represent LCS as a role model for others.

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Mayssoun El Chami

My family and I moved to Canada when I was four years old, and have been back and forth to the Middle East ever since. I am a pharmacist in the Surrey/Delta area at The Antidote Pharmacy – helping people stay healthy and happy is my passion. I have been a member of the LCS and am very happy to see the Lebanese community coming together to help each other and enjoy one another’s company. Seeing this encouraged me to join the board and add in my own efforts to continue to bring the community even closer, keep the youth interested in their heritage and bring our culture to the rest of Vancouver.

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Nisrine Hammoud

I moved to Canada in 2004 and joined LCS of BC Board in March 2014. I am a small Business owner. I believe that as a Lebanese living in Canada, help keeping LCS strong and well-connected in the community is one of our responsibilities towards our heritage and our new generation. It is an amazing opportunity to represent and show case our warm, friendly, and generous Lebanese traditions in a wonderful multicultural place like Vancouver.




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