The Shoe Project

The Shoe Project is an ongoing writing and storytelling workshop for women who are new to Canada. It was founded and is directed by Katherine Govier. Filiz Dogan curates and hosts this program of folktales and personal stories told by the Shoe Project Alumni (co-produced with the Shoe Project). Filiz Dogan is from Istanbul, Turkey. She established a career as a psychologist until moving to Canada. She works as a psychotherapist and runs a program that offers mental health service to newcomers. Teenaz Javat, from India, works as a senior writer at the CBC. She writes headlines for a living and on occasion has produced for Toronto’s flagship radio program Metro Morning. Teenaz has been part of The Shoe Project since its inception in 2011 and is now a member of its alumnae Shoe Project Alumnae Collective Education. As part of SPACE she has lead a writing workshop at Literature for Life for at-risk teen mothers in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods. Yuli Hu, from Taiwan, is a journalist and a member of the Shoe Project in Toronto. Before she moved to Canada in 2007, she had committed herself to reading aloud books for young children and families in Taiwan. She still dreams of those days. Cordelia Tang was born in Nanjing, China, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 2011. She now calls Stouffville, Ontario her home and is enjoying life as a full-time mom.  Kiden Jonathan was born in South-Sudan. She lived in a Kenyan Refugee Camp before coming to Canada in 1999.  She worked as a nurse for 13 yrs. She is now involved with advocacy groups for people of colour and minorities on different issues that affect our communities. She lives in Toronto.