Well, that was a first. I’ve tried a lot of new things in recent years – surfing, scuba diving, even going to the spa – but I can’t say I ever had aspirations to put on a pair of women’s high heels.
That changed yesterday when I rounded up a 10-man team to represent Architech at Toronto’s 2012 Walk a Mile In Her Shoes event – raising money and awareness for ending violence against women.
And what a walk it was! As the photos will show, it was a hilarious, painful, and even somewhat nerve-wracking experience, and I’m extremely grateful to have had such fantastic involvement and support from our employees. We had even more to be proud about upon learning that Architech was the #1 fundraising team at the 2012 event! With that designation we had the honour of leading the parade of hundreds of men in heels down Yonge Street, across King and back up Bay and Queen St – literally walking a mile in women’s shoes.
Though there was considerable anxiety about breaking an ankle, everyone survived intact and the blisters and backaches proved more than worthwhile. To have raised more than $7,000 and contributed to an overall amount of more than $120,000 feels like a fantastic accomplishment, and we want to express sincere thanks to everyone who supported the Architech team.
We all have mothers, daughters, wives, grandmothers, girlfriends, sisters, aunts, and friends. And I know that changing attitudes and behaviours doesn’t happen overnight. But I believe that speaking out and participating in the effort to end violence against women is not only important, it’s also our responsibility. And that’s why, believe it or not, I’m already looking forward to putting those heels on again next year.