Walking to Make a Change

Mayor Copeland joins Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

Before Cold Lake’s City Council meeting on Tuesday night, Mayor Craig Copeland tried on a pair of red high heel shoes. They are on loan to him for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an international men’s march that will be going on during this year’s Canada Day Parade. By walking in the parade, men are bringing awareness to something that is difficult to talk about, the causes and effects of domestic violence.

This will be the first time the event is being hosted in Cold Lake by the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre (DMSCC). Serena Parsons, Resource Development Officer for DMSCC stated they had twenty men participate in the event when it was first held in Bonnyville in February of 2017, but so far, in Cold Lake, there are only 8 men signed up to walk the parade route down Lakeshore Drive.

“We would love to have community support from everyone, including Cold Lake RCMP and firefighters,” said Parsons. “The event is not easy; it’s challenging. There will be a trailer in the parade for the men to rest on. But it’s also meant to be different and fun”. The DMSCC, which is a vital organization in the community, helps women, children and men in their time of need. They provide shelter, programs, and emergency care through their location in Cold Lake and the Bonnyville Community Support Program.

Those wishing to get involved with the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign, can register by calling DMSCC at (780) 594-5095, or by making a financial donation or pledge through the DMSCC website. With the support of the community, Mayor Copeland believes, “We’re going to raise a lot of money!”