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peace by chocolate on valentine’s day and every day.


This is a true and incredible human story, of a refugee family losing everything, leaving their home, and finding a new home and new life in an unexpected place and in unexpected ways. I’ve been following their story since their arrival in Canada and they are a wonderful example of will, grit, tenacity, family, compassion, overcoming odds, and a sheer refusal to give up. They are paying it forward by giving back to the people in their new community and beyond. Supporting those who welcomed them and may need the help that they so generously received when they were in desperate need. Plus, their chocolate in incredible.

So exciting!

We are so happy to announce that the movie based on our story, Peace by Chocolate – The Film is coming to theatres, exclusively at Cineplex across Canada on May 6th and the official trailer of the movie was finally released. This movie is a platform to share hope with Canadians and the world -something we all need more than anything these days. See you all at the theatres this spring. (no date yet for u.s. or international openings)

“generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do,

but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.”

-khalil gibran

buy the ticket, take the ride. – hunter s. thompson



valentine’s night 

was wonderful


beautiful view

of the

frozen river

shared border


two countries



old and new

snow falling

no worries

about driving

bitter cold

warm company

a new dress


took a cab

to a

lovely dinner

in a beautiful

historic house

glowing with warmth


hints of

delicious food

and then

the play

one of my favorites



love story


and after

ready for

the trip back



comforting embrace


 our warm hotel


the cabs

were hiding


places unknown

staying warm inside

remote garages


mg rescued

a woman’s lost glove

part of a another

happy couple


in return

we met them

 they were

in the same

transportation predicament

waiting for their car

and she said

‘don’t worry.

you have a ride with us.’


we uber-ed

with the

random strangers


the driver

finally arrived

we immediately


in the wrong direction

turn signal on




new driver


second day on the job

in over his head

from brazil

no sense of direction

worse than mine

didn’t know the city at all

using his boss’s car

so much laughter

and we had

a crazy ride 

and saw

our hotel

in the

opposite direction

drove through the city

more laughter

 one of our hipster

fellow passengers 

and tried to

take on the role

of navigator

she had begun

celebrating early

and was

 much loved by her partner

who accepted

her funny side

and her state of

altered reality

that was clear

and we all

told mario

‘look for the biggest building in the city. 

the one you see in all the pictures.

head towards the river.

you can’t miss it.’



he did

miss it


even more



survival bonding

and i

offered her

my rose

as a thank you

for the ride

as they finally

dropped us

and headed off

for places unknown

their own destination

even farther away

and it was

 like being part of

a performance art skit 


so glad

we held on

 embraced the adventure

 for the ride of our lives

the perfect ending

to a magical night.


be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. the ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.  
– edward whitacre, jr.