TORONTO — The news reports coming in from Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are heartbreaking, and the images even more so.
MONTREAL — If you love your mom, you’ll want to watch Air Canada’s latest video.
As part of its #FlyTheFlag platform, which celebrates the values Canadians hold dear, Air Canada has released a new video to commemorate Mother’s Day and celebrate immigrants who came to Canada and raised their families here.
The airline made an open call to the public to share their stories of immigration and their bonds with their home countries. The story of Mary Petrou, who immigrated from Greece in the 1960s in search of a better life, was selected to be the main focus of the campaign.
Knowing it has been about 50 years since Mary’s been back to Greece, Air Canada flew her and her daughter, Tamara, back to her hometown of Vevi for Mother’s Day.
In the video, they’re shown reconnecting with family members who they haven’t seen in five decades, visiting Mary’s childhood home, and sharing home-cooked meals with loved ones.
“The older my mom gets, the more important it is for me to stay close to my culture,” says Tamara. “I want to thank my mom for always being so patient with me, and I’m so grateful for that because it allowed me to always feel safe and always feel loved and cared for.”
Tamara ends the video with this important piece of advice: “Take care your mother, just like our mothers have taken care of us.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there!