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Shoe Memorial - December 6th

This year marked the 14th annual Shoe Memorial on December 6, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence Against Women.  We take this event to honor and remember the 950+ women and girls that have been killed by violence in BC alone. On the Vancouver Art Gallery steps, we placed 950 pairs of shoes, each representing a Mother, a Sister, or a Daughter, that no longer walks with us, due to violence.  The names of the 950+ victims are on display, and may they never be forgotten.

The 2016 Shoe Memorial was Co-sponsored by the BC Federation of Labor.  A very Special Thank you to the BC Feds, who provided the sound system, which allowed the beautiful voice of Jane Perrett, a local Opera singer, to sing Amazing Grace, and be heard by so many, so powerfully that some were even brought to tears. Thank you to Irene Lanzinger, the President of the BC Federation of Labour who took the time to join us and to deliver a great speech. We were also joined by EVA BC, who’s speech included the wonderful and successful initiative they have with the BC Lions “Be more than a Bystander”. 

A special thank you to Pat Kelln who brought this event to life, and with her husband John, who continue to work hard to bring awareness to the issue of violence against girls & women, and to make sure all the known names are listed, and sadly adding more victims names each year.

 UFCW 247 Women’s Committee: Cathy Maw, Sandra Peters, Dawn Stevenson, Tima Dickerson .

Others wonderful supporters and volunteers that helped make this day a success: Debbie Harvie, Susan Campbell, Ximena Mastrodonato, John Austin of UFCW Local 1518, The Atira group, and to everyone that took the time and care to donate shoes and to share the event with us…Thank you!

 *All the shoes were donated to women in need at the end of the event*




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