Shoes and Transforming Lives

Veteran to Newcomer, Page to Stage

How?  We empower women by teaching advanced English writing skills. We follow it with voice training and experience in public performance. 

What?  The Shoe Project holds writing workshops, exhibits and performances in which immigrant women tell their stories of arrival in, and adaptation to, a Canadian community through the lens of a pair of shoes.

Who?  Senior Canadian novelists and theatre artists share their skills with newcomers.

Why shoes?  Shoes cross cultures and are rich with stories.

Our mission statement:

To advance education by providing programs, courses, workshops and seminars to immigrant and refugee women to develop their written and oral skills, as well as their leadership skills

To educate the public on the problems faced by immigrant and refugee women in Canada by providing presentations on such topics.

Learn about why we do what we do
Find out more about how you can help.

News and Events 

Tickets are now on sale for Toronto's
The Shoe Project Presents….Taking Steps
on March 8th
2:00 pm OR 4:30 pm
George Ignatieff Theatre
15 Devonshire Place
Trinity College
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 2C8

Buy tickets here

The Shoe Project members (left front to right)
Sana’a al Khannaq, Ayah Aldeeb, Valerie Jamga
Smitha Vargese, Aya Mhana and Levia Quqquezana,
at their Calgary performance, January 26, 2020,
with Mayor Naheed Nenshi

To help The Shoe Project

For Paypal, you can use our Donate button:

For other methods, please visit website, Shoe Project page.

The Shoe Project: Finding Home

Watch this 7-minute video The Shoe Project: Finding Home on our YouTube channel:

The second Shoe Project newsletter is now available.

Meet our Members

We are pleased to introduce Umut Duygu Uzunel.

Q: What does Canada mean to you in three words?
A: Safety, serenity and tolerance.  

Learn more about our featured member and read her story.