We invited The Shoe Project mentors and coaches to respond to the following question: Why have you taken on this work? This is Conni Massing’s answer.
I was thrilled to receive an invitation last year to participate in the first Edmonton iteration of The Shoe Project, working as a writing mentor to the women in the group. I took on this work because I believe in the healing power of storytelling to expand the compassionate understanding our world so desperately needs. I wanted to do everything in my power to help these women share their remarkable experiences.
I am in awe of the courage that it takes to start a new life in a different country, far away from all that is familiar. Having met and worked with the 12 women in our group, bearing witness to their strength, intelligence and humour, I am even more awestruck.
What an honour to be involved—and how deeply humbling. Congratulations to The Shoe Project for a decade of life-changing work.