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The 15th annual Vancouver Shoe Memorial took place today, and the ceremony honours the memory of the sisters, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and friends who lost their lives to violence. Each pair of shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery represents a victim of violence, and their names are commemorated on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – December 6.

"It's a truly powerful display to see all those shoes on the steps, and the loss they represent," said Suzanne Hodge, president of UFCW Local 247. "The Shoe Memorial was created for just that reason by the late Pat Kelln, and we're glad we can play a role in helping out and remembering those who have lost their lives to gender-based violence."

"Of course, a big thank-you to all the activists and staff who year-in and year-out commit themselves to helping make this event a success, along with all those who donate their shoes," said Hodge. "If you're interested in participating or otherwise helping out in some way, please talk to your Union Rep."

For more on today's event, including photos, please see the UFCW Local 247 Facebook page.

For more on the annual Shoe Memorial, please click here.

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