Scattered Cedars - Book Launch - 17th Dec 2013

Scattered Cedars - Book Launch Greetings Folks,

We wanted to let you know that the book launch function for our revised edition of Lebanon's Children book called 'Scattered Cedars' will be held on Saturday 8th March at the Dunedin Club.  More details to follow closer to the time.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible to see the finished product of such a fantastic and worthwhile project.  We think you'll be very proud of the way it has turned out.

We also take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas & New Year. Be safe, look after each other, and may you be surrounded by love and joy.

Cedars of Lebanon Club Committee.

Katrina Kallil - Suter Cafe, Nelson - 28th Nov 2013

Katrina Kallil - Suter Cafe, Nelson Here is an article on Katrina's very successful cafe in Nelson 'Suter Cafe'.

 The article appeared in The Nelson Mail on Monday 18th November. 

If you're in Nelson - be sure to stop by.

Good luck with your relocation, Katrina.

Emma Farry & Mark Grocott - "Best of all worlds by the beaches of Karitane" - ODT Article - 1st Nov 2013

Emma Farry & Mark Grocott - Click here to read an article that appeared in the ODT about Emma Farry & Mark Grocott's business and operation from beautiful Karitane.

Last day to get genetic mapping done! - 27th Sep 2013

Last day to get genetic mapping done! For those of you who missed out getting the DNA swab done in Dunedin for the National Geographic Genetic Mapping project, Lisa will be sampling at the Otago Museum this Sunday the 29th as part of a DNA day. This will be the last general Dunedin sampling.  So if you wish to go, please tell Lisa that you would like your sample to be included as a part of the Dunedin Lebanese Community.

Arabic Language - Otago University Summer School - 24th Sep 2013

Arabic Language - Otago University Summer School Hi All,

Afife Harris has just let me know that The Otago University have confirmed to run an Arabic language paper during Summer School, lectured by Afife herself. Dates are: January 6 - February 20th 2014 . If you want to learn/brush up on your Arabic, then please click the below link for more information.

Ben LaHood - Achievements in his field - 14th Aug 2013

Ben LaHood - Achievements in his field We have a lot of talent in our community, and Ben LaHood is certainly testament to this.

Please see the accompanying picture to read the article on Ben LaHood in the Magazine of Ophthalmic Optics. It covers the fact that Ben was the first person ever to be awarded 2 prizes in an ophthalmology diploma course run jointly by the Universities of Sydney and Otago. Subsequent to that article Ben won a third prize awarded by those 2 universities – the Anthony Molteno award for getting the highest mark in Optics.

Also below is a list of academic achievements that Ben has received.

Well done Ben.

Ben LaHood’s academic achievements:

  • Class Act prize awarded by Prime Minister for outstanding academic achievement (2001)
  • Dux of Bayfield High School, Dunedin
  • First ranked entrant into Otago Medical School, University of Otago
  • Otago University Medical School Prize in Anatomy
  • Otago University Prestige Scholarship in Medicine
  • Mary Shaw Prize in Surgery, Otago University
  • JAD Iverach Prize in Medicine, Otago University
  • John Parr Prize in Ophthalmology, Otago University
  • Graduated MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) with distinction from Otago Medical School 2007
  • Graduated Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences with distinction from Otago University (2011)
  • The Francis A. Billson Award in Ophthalmic Physiology from the Universities of Sydney and Otago
  • The Dr Adam Locket Award for Ophthalmic Anatomy from the Universities of Sydney and Otago
  • The Anthony Molteno Award for Ophthalmic Optics from the Universities of Sydney and Otago
  • The Jack Kilpatrick Memorial Prize from the University of Otago for the best clinical presentation at the Medicine Staff Round in 2012

Genetic Mapping - Next Wednesday - 31st Jul 2013

Genetic Mapping - Next Wednesday

The Longest Journey: From Africa to Aotearoa – Genetic Mapping

Greetings Folks,

We have the privilege of having Lisa Matisoo-Smith, who is a Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Otago, coming to talk to our Lebanese Community on Wednesday 7th August at the upstairs function room at The Kensington (situated at the edge of the Oval in Dunedin) from 7pm.

Lisa is currently conducting research tracing the history of the human settlement of New Zealand by using specific genetic markers of ancestry.

Aim of the project:

National Geographic is collecting genetic data from over 100,000 individuals around the world to study deep ancestry. All individuals hold unique markers of their family history in their DNA. These markers can be traced back through time and across the globe to eventually allow us to draw the family tree of all humans.

Lisa has kindly offered to profile the Lebanese community in Dunedin. She will explain how that process works at the above talk. In short, the process they use will enable individuals/families to trace what countries our ancestors came from as far back as ten thousand years. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
Please register early to assist with the organising of this event.

For more information regarding the background of this study, please email Victoria:

To register to come to this talk and to be tested for a genetic map, please contact Victoria by Monday 5th August. This is free of charge, however we need to know numbers. Thank you.

Call to Action - Revised edition of Lebanon's Children - 22nd Jul 2013

Call to Action - Revised edition of Lebanon's Children Hi All,

As most of you will be aware, we are currently finalising the revised edition of the book ‘Lebanon’s Children’. We are so pleased with the way it has come together, it looks fabulous, and is a very special document on the Dunedin Lebanese families.

The next step is to come up with a name for this book, and we would like to invite the wider community’s input. Please email me at: with any ideas you have for the title of this revised edition.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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