The Vancouver Shoe Memorial takes place each year on December 6 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. (Click here for TV coverage of the 2018 Shoe Memorial.)
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.
You can help, even if you can’t be there…
The organizers of the Shoe Memorial are always looking for donations of gently used shoes or new shoes, ideally before November 24.
Shoes can be donated as follows; (please call ahead for drop-off hours):
What happens to the Shoe Memorial shoes?
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 women's emergency shelters. These shelters look after women and children who have escaped violent households, often with just the clothes on their backs.