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Thursday , 24 June 2021
Cindy Yang, resource development coordinator for the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre, drops the puck before the Bonnyville Pontiacs vs. Drumheller Dragons hockey game on Saturday night as part of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes raises just over $4500

Cindy Yang, resource development coordinator for the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre, drops the puck before the Bonnyville Pontiacs vs. Drumheller Dragons hockey game on Saturday night as part of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

The third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Bonnyville was another success.

The initiative raised $4638.50, which saw local firefighters, police officers, and politicians strap on red high heels and walk around the RJ Lalonde asking for pledges during Saturday’s Bonnyville Pontiacs and Drumheller Dragons game.

The money goes to the services Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre provides in situations of domestic and family violence.

“This event helps us so much in engaging in conversation and marketing our programs and services to the community,” said Cindy Yang, resource development coordinator, for the DMSCC.

BRFA deputy fire chief Dan Heney earned the Walk a Mile trophy for fundraising the most of any walker.

Pontiacs head coach and general manager Rick Swan was glad the hockey team was involved in the event once again.

It’s something that he’s passionate about having been a police officer for 26 years.

“I think that today really recognizes much-needed awareness. to put ourselves in a female’s shoes and have the understanding that we all need to stand up. It’s everybody’s responsibility to make sure we’re apart of the solution of making sure domestic violence and violence against women, sexual assault, is stopped,” he said.

Of the fundraising total, $890 went to the Bonnyville Pontiacs.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.