My name is Malak Kalmoni Chehab. As you may note, i am married, and have 3 wonderful adult children.
My identity is a mishmash of things, as i was born and raised in Ghana until the civil war there, i was 8 at the time. we moved to my parents’ native country of Lebanon, in the Middle East, for 3 years before the ongoing civil war there ousted us out to Toronto, Canada. that’s where i spent my teenage years and part of my universtiy education at York University. i didn’t complete my degree in mathematics, when i moved back to Lebanon to marry.
after my return to Lebanon, i had my 2 eldest children before feeling the need to complete my education. i was accepted at the University of Balamand, to study English Language and Literature, as a BA, while pregnant with my 3rd child. i completed that degree, and went on to get a Teaching Diploma and MA in Compartative English Literature. while working on my MA, i was teaching a variety of classes, from elementary, to complementary, to high school. i changed jobs while studying my MA, and was a coordinator for the school: preschool, elementary, as well as G7-G8. however, i was asked to take a teacher’s place, who was on maternity leave for 3 months, for High School students G10-G12. after that, i had my defense and started teaching on the college level.
2 years later, the war in Syria started affecting us in Lebanon, so we moved back to Toronto. although safety was no longer an issue, i had some health problems i had to overcome, before starting to use my words to express my pent up feelings. of course, now we are facing a global pandemic, and other social issues that require commentary. i hope that my writing will help others a look into other peoples’ perspectives.
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