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The Shoe Memorial is one of the most important activities in which the UFCW Local 247 Women's Committee takes part.

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Each year on December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Shoe Memorial honours the memory of murdered women by placing a set of shoes for each victim on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, with their names displayed.

Started by the late Pat Kelln, the Shoe Memorial takes place each December 6 on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and in other communities right across the province and country – a powerful public display and a blunt reminder of how many women continue to be killed as a result of gender-based violence.

Pat Kelln passed away in 2017, and among Pat's final requests was for UFCW Local 247 to pick up the torch upon her passing, and organize and coordinate the annual Shoe Memorial.

The time, energy, and commitment of UFCW Local 247 activists to the Shoe Memorial helped it grow significantly over the years, and Pat had come to see Local 247 as the kind of progressive organization that could help make sure the Shoe Memorials would continue, and continue to speak for those victims of violence whose voices have been silenced.

UFCW 247 shares Pat's commitment to remember the victims while reminding the public about violence against women. The focus is not 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.

What you can do to help out

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Shoe Donations – every woman has a pair of shoes, runners, or boots in a closet that she doesn't wear anymore, and the Women's Committee is happy to accept donations of new or gently-used shoes, ideally before November 20.

Shoe Drive in your workplace – it's easy to start a shoe donation drive in your workplace for the Shoe Memorial, and we'll help you get started.

Start a Shoe Memorial in your own community – if you would like to start a Shoe Memorial in your own community, we are more than happy to assist!

Help out with the December 6 Shoe Memorial event in your community.

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact your Union Representative or the UFCW 247 Women's Committee by email at tdickerson@ufcw247.com for more information and assistance!

What happens to the Shoe Memorial shoes?

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In Canada, there are still over 100,000 women and children who have to run from the violence and abuse in their homes for women's shelters every year.

Each year, all the shoes and boots gathered for the memorial are donated to agencies and organizations that directly assist women in need.

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