The Shoe Project

Didn’t get a ticket? No worries! There will be seats available at this event for people who have not registered (first come, first serve at the door). Priority seating will be given to elders and disabled people. There are no wait lists for sold-out events. 

The Shoe Project is a program in which immigrant and refugee women, coached by senior writers and theatre artists, tell their own stories through the central metaphor of a pair of shoes. The first Vancouver class ran in 2018 culminating in a sold-out performance. Six of the participants, from Eritrea, Kurdistan, Bangladesh, Syria and Tibet, join writing coach Caroline Adderson to perform their pieces and talk about their settlement experiences and their perspectives on life in Canada.

Event Type: Reading
Massy Books
Date: Thursday, March 14, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Fanus came from Eritrea with her family (husband and two children). She has studied Management Information System, and has lived in British Columbia for 16 months.

Akberet S. Beyene worked as a TV reporter in the Television Broadcast of the Ministry of Information of Eritrea for more than twenty years. She fled Eritrea because for almost a decade it has been ruled by a brutal dictatorship and journalists were the first target. She’s here to speak up for her people and her colleagues who have been denied because they speak truth.

sonam chozom was born and brought up in India as a Tibetan refugee. She came to Canada on November 24, 2016 through a Tibetan resettlement project. Her dream is to be a nurse beyond the borders. Currently she is enrolled in a health care aide course and completing her high school diploma.

Nabila Huq used to teach English language and literature to post-secondary students in Bangladesh. She graduated in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg, and is in search of a career in Canada where she can utilize her education and experience.

Shanga Karim is a journalist. She worked as a women’s activist to be a voice for women who were killed because of love, who had FGM  because of the inhuman traditions, and all of the girls and women who couldn’t know their rights. Shanga was an editor in chief for a newspaper called “women’s rights”.

Rawan Nassar was born in Damascus, Syria and is an English literature grad. She has been carrying out activities as a part of many Humanitarian Organizations like Action Against Hunger, International Organization for Migration, Human Rights Watch.


Caroline Adderson is a Vancouver-based author of numerous books for adults and children. She was the writing mentor for the Vancouver Shoe Project in 2018.


Learn more about The Shoe Project by visiting their website, The Shoe Project is sponsored by the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society.