PRESS RELEASE: DECEMBER 07, 2018

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The Shoe Memorial remembers...

The 16th annual Vancouver Shoe Memorial took place Thursday, December 6 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

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.

A huge thank-you to the UFCW 247 Women's Committee members that made the Shoe Memorial possible with all their hard work and caring hearts: Cathy Shannon, Dawn Stevenson, Cathy Maw, Kathleen Allen, Sandra Peters, and Tima Dickerson. 

Thanks as well to the speakers at the Shoe Memorial who touched us with their words of support and compassion: Captain Jonathan Gormick of the Vancouver Fire Rescue Services, Sahra Shaan & Dawn Armstrong of the Atira Women's Resource Society, Nicola Bartel of Mercy Canada, and special thanks to Melanie Kirkland for sharing her heart-breaking story and her strength.

Thanks as well to Community Supporters, without whom we would not have been able to collect 1000+  shoes: UFCW Local 1518, D.O.V.E. Committee, Soroptimist International Surrey/Delta, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Burnaby Teachers’ Association, Trevor Linden Club 16 South Surrey, Kettle Society, Mercy Canada, Malary’s Fashion, and Sunrise Kitchens.

And thank you to all our wonderful members, friends, family and community supporters that helped collecting shoes for our 16th Annual Vancouver Shoe Memorial.

All shoes donated to the Shoe Memorial were gathered after the ceremony for distribution to women's emergency shelters in Metro Vancouver.

For more photos, please see UFCW 247's Facebook page.

To see City TV's coverage of the Vancouver Shoe Memorial, please click here.

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