Shoes and Transforming Lives

Veteran to Newcomer, Page to Stage

How?  We empower women by teaching advanced English writing skills. We follow it with voice training and experience in public performance. 

What?  The Shoe Project holds writing workshops, exhibits and performances in which immigrant women tell their stories of arrival in, and adaptation to, a Canadian community through the lens of a pair of shoes.
Who?  Senior Canadian novelists and theatre artists share their skills with newcomers.
Why shoes?  Shoes cross cultures and are rich with stories.

News and Events 

Good News from The Shoe Project!

The Shoe Project has received charitable status in May. This means we are now able to send tax receipts for any donation over $25. Our Registered Charity number is 766074116 RR 0001.

Here’s our mission statement:

To advance education by providing programs, courses, workshops and seminars to immigrant and refugee women to develop their written and oral skills, as well as their leadership skills

To educate the public on the problems faced by immigrant and refugee women in Canada by providing presentations on such topics.

Try out the new “Donate “ button to help us with our work:


Big Plans afoot for the Fall

In September we launch a four-city cycle of TSP workshops and performances in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax. Writing workshops will be held in Halifax with mentor Lorri Neilson Glenn. In Vancouver Caroline Adderson will be the mentor, in Calgary Barb Howard, and in Toronto, Katherine Govier. Contact shoeprojecttoronto@gmail.com to inquire.

At the same time we will redesign and expand our website, and run an outcomes evaluation to determine what impact we’re having on participants and on audience.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.


A Calendar of Shoe Project Events

Confirmed upcoming events will be posted on this calendar. Now you can easily plan your visits to Shoe Project performances. Recent events can be found here.


If you're curious...

as to why we all love the The Shoe Project, check out this article in Village LIving Magazine.


The second Shoe Project newsletter is now available.

Meet our Members


We are pleased to introduce Umut Duygu Uzunel.

Q: What does Canada mean to you in three words?
A: Safety, serenity and tolerance.  

Learn more about our featured member and read her story.