“10th Annual Walk a Mile in HER Shoes raises almost $65,000 to Support Gillian’s Place!”

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St. Catharines, On (October 17, 2015) – Gillian’s Place challenged men to Walk a Mile in HER Shoes presented by TD Canada Trust on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at The Pen Centre, St. Catharines with over 200 walkers raising $65,000 in support of Gillian’s Place. 

The pledged walk is a symbolic gesture of men marching in female footwear to better understand the experiences of abused women and to help raise funds in support of Gillian’s Place.  Men could bring their own shoes or choose a pair off of the Shoe Rack.  Food was provided by Zehrs Market, as well as entertainment including face painting and a magician for the children. 

Golden Shoe awards were handed out including the golden shoe awards for the most of amount of money raised by an adult and youth individual as well as highest pledged team.  The winners were as follows:

Highest Pledged Individual Adrian Kulakowsky raised $2750, a first time winner.

The Highest Pledged team TD Canada Trust Niagara raised $16,000 and have won the team trophy now 4 years in a row.

Highest Pledged Youth went to Kaleb Dobrucki-Connelly raising an astounding $1800.  A new record for the Youth category!

Other notables were Kevin Lawr from Brock University, raising nearly $2000 and Allan Slattery from St. Catharines Mazda raising $1775.   With 24 teams registered and walking Gillian’s Place would like to recognize the efforts of the following teams: Kully’s Original Sports Bar $3,500; the Stiletto Stallions $3250; Heels to thighs – the Stallion Brock Guys

The Pen Centre was packed with hundreds of spectators who cheered them on along the route.

Gillian’s Place would like to thank the following sponsors:  Presenting Sponsor TD Canada Trust;

Zehrs Markets, Bell Media – 610 CKTB, EZ Rock 105.7, 97.7 HTZ FM, St. Catharines Standard, TV Cogeco, The Pen Centre, Alexandria Professional, Algoma Central Corporation, Lousje & Bean; Vandendool’s Jewelers, Ontario Power Generation, Niagara IceDogs, Walker Industries Holdings Ltd., Royal LePage - Niagara Real Estate Centre, St. Catharines Mazda, Sullivan Mahoney Lawyers, Deloitte, Rankin Construction; Martin Sheppard Fraser LLP; J.F.Hannigan Photography, Speedpro Imaging, Starbucks

In addition, Gillian’s Place would like to thank the Laura Secord Drumline who lent their musical talent to kick off the Walk again this year.  

Gillian’s Place is the largest organization providing essential support services for abused women and their children from Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and West Lincoln. These services include 24-hour support counseling, safe shelter, safety planning, emotional support, legal advice and transitional assistance. The programs and services Gillian’s Place provides help abused women and their children with the opportunity to rebuild their lives.  Abused women who never stay at our shelter to benefit from the free and confidential services offered.  All services are free, completely confidential, and available to all women 16 and over.  Gillian’s Place also works diligently to provide public education and raise community awareness on the issue of violence against women. 

For more information, please contact: 

Nicole Regehr

Community Development Manager

Gillian’s Place

Tel: (905) 684-4000 ext 231


Joanne Doyley

Fundraising & Special Events Coordinator,

Gillian’s Place

Tel: (905) 684-4000 ext 235



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