As part of its ongoing commitment to support Canadians across the country with the Every Day, Care of their families, Whirlpool Canada has collaborated with the Al-Salihi family to shine a light on ways school lunches can introduce children to new foods from different cultures. Immigrating to Canada in 2014 when she was six years old, Sama Al-Salihi initially found lunchtime daunting. While she preferred eating traditional foods from her Mother’s native home Syria, she also noticed how different it looked from her classmates’ meals.
Whirlpool Canada followed Sama as she shared her favourite Syrian foods like Uzee, Fatayer, and Grape Leaves with her classmates for the first time. To show their appreciation, the kids worked with Toronto based illustrator/cartoonist Wes Tyrell to create a custom one-of-a-kind lunchbox featuring Sama as a superhero.
Sama’s story speaks to findings from a recent Whirlpool Canada survey. The results found that 70 per cent of Canadians agree giving children an opportunity to try dishes from different cultures is a good way to encourage mutual understanding and respect.
“At Whirlpool, we believe it’s the little things that make the world of difference,” said Michelle Domet of Whirlpool Canada. “School lunches are something we do day-in and day-out and Sama’s experience shows how it’s not just nutrients and fuel for the day that lunch provides, but emotional comfort as well. It’s amazing to see how open children can be and how food can bring people together”.
And just in time for back-to-school, Whirlpool has partnered with food and lifestyle expert, Emma Waverman, who met with the Al-Salihi family to learn about their lunchtime traditions. Having recently helped a Syrian family settle into Canada, Emma feels the kitchen is the heart of building new relationships while maintaining long-standing traditions.
Whirlpool Canada worked with Zulu Alpha Kilo on the film and its content studio zulubot on production with documentary director Katie Dellamaggiore, Cossette for its media buys and Hill+Knowlton Strategies for the public relations support for this program
Client (Company): Whirlpool Canada
Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo
Chief Creative Officer: Zak Mroueh
Executive Creative Director: Allen Oke
Art Director: Jamie Mageau, Guilherme Bermejo
Writer: Kaidy Wong, Nick Doerr
Agency Producer: Pam Portsmouth
Account Team: Kerry McKibbon, Maya Adler, Nadine Arsenault, Leo Maia, Lisa Pervochenkova
Strategic Planner: Heidi Philip
Clients: Michelle Domet, Lorna Muratag
Media Agency: Cossette Media
Media Agency Planner: Tim Sarazzin
Production House: zulubot
Director: Katie Dellamaggiore
Production House Producer: Marc Milliard, Kevin Corvetti, Jackie Pal
Director of Photography: Brett Van Dyke
Casting Director: The Casting Group, The Brunch Store
Video Post Facility, Editing Company: zulubot
Editor: Rod Christie
Compositor / Online: Rod Christie
Colourist/Transfer: Jason Zukowski, Red Lab
Audio Post Facility/Music House: Berkeley Inc.
Audio Director: Jared Kuemper
Producer/Engineer: Jared Kuemper