On September 15 and 17, ten women will share the stories of their immigration to Canada. The Shoe Project is a ten-week writing workshop with an established writer/mentor wherein the women write about their journeys and acclimatization to Canada and its culture through the metaphor of their shoes. Following the writing workshop, the women participants hone their presentation and verbal language skills in the care of a theatre professional. The Shoe Project (TSP) started in Toronto in 2011 under the guidance of Canadian author, Katherine Govier, and with the assistance of the Bata Shoe Museum. She realized that while many immigrant and refugee women had a functional command of the English language (60% of immigrant women fail the English proficiency tests, compared to 40% of the men), they needed to become more fluent and expressive in order to join the Canadian conversation, whether through writing, public speaking, or simply telling their own stories. Since 2011, workshops and performances have been held in Canmore and Calgary, AB, Toronto, and, most recently, Halifax, under the mentorship of Sheree Fitch and Mary Vingoe. New workshops being planned in 2018 include Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and possibly Charlottetown.

Location: 
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Theatre. The event is free, but The Shoe Project would appreciate donations.
Date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-shoe-project-tickets-37341800330 There are two dates - September 15 and 17 Any questions, please contact Lee Ellen Pottie at theshoeprojectCanada@gmail.com