Manitoba native and Canada's favourite journalist, Nahla Ayed
Palestinians generally have a very high level of education and economic stability, resulting from their determination to move forward with their lives and making the best of what is available. Most Palestinians have tertiary education and a natural entrepreneurial spirit.
Success stories about our resilience and ability to create new homes, businesses and communities in our new country are countless.
Many of us work quietly behind the scenes, making our mark in a variety of small ways that all add up to something big. Some have developed national and international prominence in various fields such as business leadership, science, politics, medicine, social work, media and the arts.
We have collected a sample of profiles of such successful Palestinian Canadians that we share here. It is a starting point and we hope to continue adding to the list as the popularity of this site grows and as we hear more wonderful stories of achievement.
Nakba Generation - First Path
The profiles on the right feature Palestinians born prior to Nakba, the day in May 1948 of a great disaster for the Palestinian people. It is marked by the day of Israel’s independence when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or escaped from their homes, leading to more than seven million Palestinian refugees of today who were thrown into an unstable and turbulent lifestyle as refugees.
Nakba changed every Palestinian life and that of the futures of their descendants. These Palestinians demonstrate the character and resilience of that first generation who were evicted from their homes and their country. They established themselves as successful professionals and business people and demonstrated great leadership and commitment to the uplifting of their communities.
Diaspora Generation - Second Path
The list on the right is for Palestinians born in the 1960’s who were affected by the Nakba (6-Day War of 1967) and the subsequent recognition of the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] in 1974 by the United Nations as the sole, legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. The PLO opened Palestine informational offices all across the world, and developed a network of representatives. The re-politicization of the Diaspora was part of their mission.