You wouldn’t expect to see Dan Patterson sporting a pair of heels, but it’s a uniform of sorts for his latest role as an ambassador for Gillian’s Place – an agency that serves and protects abused women and children in St. Catharines and north Niagara.
Patterson is among a group of community and business leaders participating in the Gillian’s Place “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” march to end violence against women later this month at the Pen Centre in St. Catharines. The event is described as a symbolic gesture of men marching in female footwear to raise awareness and money for the issue of violence against women. The walk gives men the opportunity to publicly take a stand, and it shows that men are willing to stand together with women in making the world a safer place for all women and children.
“I felt it was important to support this event because violence against women is such a serious social issue in our community,” said Patterson, who has appeared in local advertisements wearing women’s shoes to raise awareness of the event. “Gillian’s Place provides shelter and assistance to more than 265 women each year, and I believe very strongly in the work that they do. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is a very innovative way to raise support and awareness of this issue, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes takes place on Saturday, October 19 at the Pen Centre Sears Court. The opening ceremony begins at noon, and the walk begins at 12:30 p.m. To sponsor Dan, visit the Gillian’s Place web site.