Last Mile For Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

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For the past six years, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has been an important event for Haven Society.  After much careful consideration however, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue this event, and we wanted to let our Walk a Mile supporters and volunteers know why.

This decision follows the lead set by similar organizations, including the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.  For the past several years, we have heard concerns that Walk a Mile in Her Shoes reinforces stereotypes of femininity, and excluded members of the LGBQT community that we see as valuable partners. As a result, there was a considerable amount of discomfort that prevented potential supporters from attending.

The reality is that this event did not connect as clearly to the issues of violence against women as we would hope, and we were unable to distance ourselves from some aspects of the Walk a Mile trademark and message marketing that did not fit with our values of inclusion.

Our mandate is to end violence through healing, education, and prevention. This is a process that we have been a part of for over 35 years and will continue to partake in as long as there is a need. Having men standing with us as allies is vitally important. For this reason, we would welcome your feedback and involvement in a future event that allows for men’s continued participation and involvement. If you’re interested in participating in a future event, please contact Christine at christine@havensociety.com.

 

 

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We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the incredible support of local businesses and community members who are helping us transform the lives of women, children and families fleeing violence.  Thank you for all that you do!

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty provided a cheque for $9,000 as part of their ongoing support for women, children and families seeking safe shelter.  Thank you to the Ladysmith and Nanaimo offices for your incredible generosity!

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty provided a cheque for $9,000 as part of their ongoing support for women, children and families seeking safe shelter. Thank you to the Ladysmith and Nanaimo offices for your incredible generosity!

Thank you to Trish and our friends at The Wave 102.3 FM! The West Coast Women's Show donated $1,200 to Haven, and we can't wait till next year!

Thank you to Trish and our friends at The Wave 102.3 FM! The West Coast Women’s Show donated $1,200 to Haven, and we can’t wait till next year!

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