PRESS RELEASE: NOVEMBER 30, 2018

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16th ANNUAL SHOE MEMORIAL

DECEMBER 6, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, CEREMONY 1:00 pm

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY (ROBSON ST. SIDE)

 

The 16th annual Shoe Memorial in Vancouver takes place Thursday, December 6. 

The Shoe Memorial honours the memory of murdered women with a powerful visual display of a set of shoes for each victim placed on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, with their names displayed.

Started by the late Pat Kelln, the Shoe Memorial has become an important event every December 6 to help raise awareness about violence experienced by women.

“Pat Kelln saw this event as something that could be put together for very little cost,” says Suzanne Hodge, President of UFCW Local 247, "and we share Pat’s commitment to remember the victims and remind the public about violence against women. The focus isn’t to blame, but to remember the victims – the mothers, daughters, and sisters that no longer walk with us as a result of violence, and work towards ending this brutality.”

Brochures and info for the public on the issue of violence are distributed, including info on how to get help if someone you know is in a violent situation.

The Shoe Memorial, now in its 16th year, takes place each year on December 6, and is one of many gatherings and memorials across Canada to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which commemorates the 14 women who were murdered on December 6, 1989 at Montréal's École Polytechnique as the victims of gender-based violence.


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