On May 26th, 2019 in Port Elgin at the Queen’s Bar & Grill, an ever-increasing number of men are joining in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® campaign to speak out against rape, sexual assault and gender violence towards women. The annual event provides a unique and fun opportunity to bring attention to a very serious subject, raise money for the local Women’s shelters and be part of an international movement to end violence against women. Registration will start at noon with the opening ceremonies beginning at 1 pm.
One in every four women is abused. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become a victim of abuse. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, one of your employees/co-workers or your daughter. Seventy-five percent of Canadian men feel it is important to speak out against gender based violence. Many are doing so through the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, not just talking the talk, but walking the walk donning red high-heeled shoes.
Your local women’s shelter needs your help. Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey (WHSBG) is a high-security shelter for abused women and their children. We never close, provide emergency and short term shelter, counseling and support free of charge.
Monies raised from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® ensure shelter services always remain open 24/7 and free of charge.
If you are wanting to “walk the walk, and talk the talk,” you will find links to the Walker’s Form and the Pledge Sheet. Please fill out the Walker’s Form, for yourself as an individual or for your team, and send to email@example.com. The next step is to start collecting pledges and having great conversations about how you will end violence against women!
Here are the men “Walking the Walk” on May 26, 2019!
Mark Gillespie & Jason Vascotto – Abraflex
Mark and Jason are walking to support women, raise awareness and raise money for Women’s House on May 26, 2019
Greg Thede – E.S. Fox Limited
I am walking with the support of E.S. Fox to end gender-based violence and to promote gender equality and healthy relationships. Participating in the event creates community awareness which will hopefully lead to prevention and a whole new outlook of masculinity.
I am participating in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” because I believe that all men have a role to play when it comes to ending violence against women. Men must speak up and lead by example: we need to mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing girls and women. Society’s acceptance of attitudes and behaviours that degrade women and promote violence against women are part of the problem; I want my daughters and nieces to grow up in a safer society where sexual harassment and sexual violence has nowhere to hide. I will walk a mile in her shoes to improve the future for the women and girls in our society.
I am walking to support the message that men must respect and understand the value of women, their worth, and their equality.
Craig Walker – Aecon/Shoreline Power Group
I live in a family with many strong women I am proud of. I feel there is a need to raise awareness in today’s changing society about violence against women. We have many cultures and definitions of people in our community that didn’t exist a generation ago. I feel anything we can do to raise awareness and resources towards is positive.
Jeff Phelps, Kevin Schmidt, Ted Wilfong, Brock Leighton, Steven Bell, Roy Martin, Steve Rate, Jeff Kerker, Chris Bland & Neil MacLeod – MCR Milestone Metres
The MCR Milestone Metres are walking for the following reasons:
- to support victims of abuse
- to raise awareness (and money) to support the cause
- supporting a great cause
- proud to spread awareness while providing support to a group of incredibly strong women
- I believe that fair and reasonable treatment of women world-wide is the most important human rights issue of our time
- to be an example for my daughter and son and show them that it is important to get involved in issues that are important to them
- happy to show support for zero tolerance for sexual violence and putting some focus on the issue through a humorous event
- in solidarity we can bring the issue of violence against women into the light
Jim Muraida – Sargent & Lundy
I believe in the cause. I’ve done work with my church at Daybreak, which is a Catholic charities home for single mothers in the Chicago area. I miss helping and want to help.
Darryl Perrault, Graydon Ruff & Mike McRae – Tiverton Good Timers
Violence against anyone should not be tolerated. People who need help need to see that people care about them.
Paul Clark, Ryan Eyre, Chad MacLean, Shannon Douglas, Trevor Beck, Colin Morano, Robert Ayres, Jordan Marshall , Sushank Saha, Ken Thomson, Terry Rothmaier, Gord Kozak, Ryan Hindle, Ian Beith, Adrian London, Marty Will, Dave Andrews, James Scongack, Barry Hall, Mark Zorzi & Rob McIntosh – Bruce Power Frolicking Fellows
The Bruce Power Team – Frolicking Fellows are walking for the following reasons:
- to help open dialogue on violence against women
- to show support to women and to reinforce that violence is not OK
- to support the important work that Women’s House does in our community
- to help raise awareness of this cause and support it
- to show support to victims of gender violence and to be an example for my young sons
- I am completing this walk so that my two daughters and wife, and other daughters and wives can someday have this level of confidence, to be themselves in this world
I have taken part in this event for the past 6 years and each year more and more awareness is brought to this cause. This is a subject that happens everywhere, and it has no location boundaries. It is estimated that 1 in 4 female friends, family members, or acquaintances are a victim of sexualized violence from a man.
Kevin Smith, Dave Trumble & Nic Lovell – Grey Bruce Labour Council
The Grey Bruce Labour Council Group is walking to support women on May 26, 2019
I am the Liberal Party of Canada candidate in Huron-Bruce for the upcoming federal election and feel very strongly about the need for our local political leaders to advocate forecefully, and publicly on the issue of gender violence. I agree wholeheartedly with your premise that gender relations and sexual violence can be difﬁcult issues for some people to confront. So all the better to get people talking with a fun event like Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. I will be spreading the word about this event on my social media platforms as a way to support the work of Women’s House.
David is walking because he believes in supporting women who are in bad relationships and need assistance.
Steven Travale – on behalf of MPP Thompson/MP Lobb
I’m pleased to be participating in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes for the first time this year, on behalf of our MPP for Huron-Bruce, Lisa Thompson and MP for Huron-Bruce Ben Lobb. Supporting women and addressing the issue of violence against women is something that matters to our elected officials here in this riding, and to me personally as well. I look forward to walking a mile in her shoes this Sunday with others for a worthy cause.