Canada’s Top Litigator Marie Henein donates her own designer shoes to The Shoe Project to help newcomer women

Impact Story

November 4, 2022




TORONTO (November 3, 2022) — Canadian charity The Shoe Project has launched its annual online auction and among the 50+ items up for grabs are Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent shoes from prominent litigator, Marie Henein. 


Funds raised through the online auction help The Shoe Project in its mission to hold writing workshops and public speaking performances across the country for immigrant and refugee women. Participants are instructed to write and perform their immigration stories, told through a significant pair of shoes. 


“I love shoes,” says Henein. “I love women in fabulous shoes.  The women in my family, all immigrants, know the value of a good shoe in making the road that they walked a little better and maybe a little more glamorous too. And I can’t imagine a better reason to buy shoes than to support immigrant and refugee women who need all our support on the road that they are on. So buy a shoe or two…”


Henein also donated a signed copy of her book, “Nothing But the Truth – A Memoir”, which details her Egyptian-Lebanese family’s experiences as immigrants to Canada and her life as a lawyer in an often misunderstood justice system. 


The auction is live now and ends on November 14. 

Take a step in the shoes of Marie Henein and support The Shoe Project!


Christian Louboutin – size 38 from Marie Henein’s personal collection


Yves Saint Laurent – size 38 from Marie Henein’s personal collection


Marie Henein – Partner, Henein Hutchison LLP


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About The Shoe Project

For the past eleven years, The Shoe Project has been changing the way Canadians see immigrant and refugee women, through story and performance. Every journey begins with a pair of shoes. Our alumnae of 350 women from 62 countries credit The Shoe Project with changing their lives, giving them the skills, confidence and support to succeed in a new country.  Many take on leadership roles in the organization. Led by professional Canadian writers and theatre artists, our workshops and performances lift the voices of women immigrants and refugees into Canada’s national conversation.


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