Online Auction-Women of stature giving up their heels to The Shoe Project to help newcomer women

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November 4, 2022




TORONTO (November 10, 2022) — Canadian charity The Shoe Project has launched its annual online auction and among the 50+ items up for grabs are designer shoes from famed Canadian women – top litigator Marie Henein, journalist and podcaster Wendy Mesley, two time Olympian and Olympic Silver Medalist, Cheryl Bernard and Calgary Mayor Jyoti


“We asked them for ‘unwisely bought, fabulous but don’t fit, worn once, shoes’”, says The Shoe Project founder, novelist Katherine Govier. “They didn’t hesitate.”


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


“As we work to open more doors for women, we need to ensure they don’t trip over dayto-day issues, “says Calgary Mayor Gondek. “The Shoe Project is an incredible act of sisterhood that empowers women and reminds them they are not alone in their journey.”


There are also famous brand bags, books and other donated items from authors Margaret MacMillan, Barb Howard, Caroline Adderson, Stella Harvey, Heidi L.M. Jacobs, and Govier. The Shoe Project performance mentors Denise Clarke (Calgary) and Nan Hughes Poole (Banff) have also donated unique items for bidding. Designer shoes include Ferragamo, Fluevog, Christian Louboutin, Yves Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Nine West and Franco Sarto.


The auction is live now and ends on November 14.


Take a step in the shoes of outstanding Canadian women and support The Shoe Project!



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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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