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Friday, October 18 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
The Shoe Project 

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Katherine Govier will speak about the origins and the mission of The Shoe Project, and describe how it has grown from a one-off 12-person workshop, to a national projects enhancing the written and publicly-spoken English of Canadian newcomer women. She will discuss shoes as a catalyst for personal storytelling, and give an outline of The Shoe Project’s method of leading newcomer women with intermediate level English to articulate, write and perform short personal memoirs. Five Calgary members of The Shoe Project will perform their stories.


Katherine Govier

The Shoe Project
Katherine Govier was born in Edmonton and attending the University of Alberta where she received a degree in Honours English. She also holds a Masters degree from York University. The author of thirteen books, Katherine has been instrumental in establishing two innovative writing... Read More →

Myleen Sacro

Myleen Sacro is from the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2010. She works as executive assistant-board support at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, where she first started as a volunteer and a client. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Law and a Master... Read More →

Ngozi Onyinye

Ngozi Onyinye earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Nigeria’s University of Calabar, where she received awards for academic achievement and for reaching out to students through various faith-related publications as an editor-in-chief and editorial adviser. In... Read More →

Rupasree Goswami

Rupasree was born in Kolkata, India, but lived in several cities because her father was transferred for work. She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration, specializing in International Business Marketing. In 2013 she moved to Calgary... Read More →

Seran Celik

Seran Celik was born in Aksaray, Turkey and grew up in the city of Manisa. She started work at age 13 after learning to sew, but continued her studies from home, finishing high school and taking communication, computer and drawing courses. In 2009, she moved to Calgary where she learned... Read More →

Nasima Behzad

Nasima Behzad was born in Afghanistan in 1991 during a civil war. She lived in Pakistan as a refugee for many years and came to Canada two years ago.

Friday October 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm MDT
Grand Ballroom