This years’s WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® event is scheduled to take place on Sunday May 31, 2020 at Bracebridge Memorial Park, however, due to the health and safety measures currently in place throughout Muskoka, we may have to postpone.  Please know that we are monitoring Simcoe-Muskoka Public Health updates as well as Government of Ontario health updates and will adhere to their advice in the coming days and weeks. Please stay tuned to this page for updates!

On event day, men from across Muskoka strapped on high heels and find out what it is like to "WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES®."

Since 2015, over 290 men in Muskoka have agreed to take themselves lightly in support of a serious issue that affects all of us. They walk a mile in high heels (shoes which YWCA Muskoka provides in sizes 9 to 17) and together they have raised over $80,000 enabling YWCA Muskoka, a local charity to provide educational programs, workshops and advocate on violence prevention. 

YWCA Muskoka is a community charity, a YW without Walls serving people across the region of Muskoka.  Our mission is to champion positive change for women and girls through education, leadership and advocacy.  Violence prevention is one of our four main strategic directions and a pillar for programs like Girlz Unplugged and Quest (for boys in grades 5 to 10) and initiatives like Week Without ViolenceTM. Walk a Mile Muskoka also helps fund the YW’s December 6th Fund which provides interest free loans for women fleeing domestic violence. 

 YWCA Muskoka
would like to thank
the 2020 Sponsors


- Although domestic violence is a very serious matter, this is a fun and light-hearted event.
- Our goal is to raise $ 27,000 in 2020
- This is a donation-based event with no registration fee.
- Participants may register as an individual, join an existing team or create their own team.
- Donations can be made to the Walk's general fund or to a specific walker.
- Participants of all ages, inter-generational teams are welcome!
- We suggest a personal goal of $250 to $1000
- We have a collection of high heeled shoes in a wide range of sizes
- Walkers may also opt to wear their own shoes        

-Pledge Forms
-FUNdraising Tips
-Challenge Cards
-Frequently Asked Questions

Soul Sistas

Are you a woman who...
- Likes to get things done?
- is resourceful, creative, and a go-getter?
- is community minded?
- supports equality and tolerance?
- is up for the challenge of recruiting a team?

If so, the Sole Sisters are perfect for you!  We know the #1 reason men walk is because someone asked them to... and we all know how difficult it is to say no when its for a good reason!

Here's what you do:
1. Sign up online HERE (sign up available soon)!
2. We'll be in touch to get you some helpful recruiting and mobilizing tips.
3. Get out there and recruit!  On team, five teams, the sky is the limit! Keep us posted on your progress.  We'll make sure we keep a record of it and that you are celebrated for  your efforts!

Oh by the way did we mention that there is a prize for the Sole Sister whose team raises the most money? Register today!


Sponsorship opportunities are below. We are open to discussing the customization of benefits to fit your corporate marketing objectives! Download our Sponsor Form here.

The core benefits of becoming a sponsor are:  
1. Onstage recognition at the event.
2. Recognition in promotional event materials and on social media.         
3. Recognition on YWCA Muskoka website with a hyperlink to your business.
4. Permission to add "Proud Supporter of YWCA Muskoka" to your website and social media.


Volunteer position descriptions are shown below. All volunteers will also receive an orientation to their assigned position on the day of the event and will be supervised by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!!!

At our Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event we need volunteers for the following roles: 

Blister Sisters (10)

Shoe Table (6)

Stage Assistant (1)

Blister Sister volunteers assist walkers to ensure they have a safe walk

Duties & Responsibilities: 

- Assisting walk participants with going up and down stairs, ramps or over obstacles
- Offering a hand to unsteady walkers and helping guide walkers along the course
- Patrol assigned areas to ensure safety and security
- Manage crowd-control and traffic flow in high-volume areas and ensure only registered participants are walking (direct spectators to the appropriate viewing areas)
- Monitoring the walkways and alerting the Team Leader or staff of any potential safety hazards or concerns

Location and Time:

- Volunteers will be assigned at various points along the walk and be able to communicate with staff and the team leader as necessary.
- Shift is from 11:30 p.m. to end of walk (approx. 1 p.m.)

Skills & Qualifications:

Volunteers need to be physically fit, able to stand and walk short distances and able to support other individuals.

Shoe table volunteers oversee and manage the shoe table area during the event.

Duties & Responsibilities:

- Taking shoes out of boxes and organizing shoes by size on tables
- Display signage: shoe sizes and Shoe Sponsor signs
- Asking for participants’ shoe size and helping them select a pair of shoes and socks
- Collecting shoes from participants following their walk and cleaning shoes with a disinfectant spray prior to redistribution
- Keeping shoe tables organized and tidy

Location and Time:

There are three shoe table areas by shoe size. Shift is from 11 a.m. to end of the walk (approx. 2 p.m.)

Skills & Qualifications:

Volunteers must be able to communicate effectively and be physically capable of performing the tasks required.

The stage assistant is responsible for the MC, speakers.

Duties & Responsibilities:

- Meet and greet the MC, speakers and sponsors
- Prepare the stage: chairs, table, awards, signage
- Copy of the speeches and program
- Help present certificates and prizes

Location and Time:

- Volunteers will be at the Rotary Centre parking lot
- Shift is from 11 a.m. to end of walk (approx. 2 p.m.)


Registration volunteers are responsible for checking-in participants and directing walkers to the appropriate shoe table.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Check-in participants by finding and checking off their name on the participant list (names listed alphabetically).

- Register any walkers that were not pre-registered.
- Receive offline donations: ensure that they are in a sealed envelope with the walkers name and contact info on the front. If not place in envelope.
- Direct participants to the appropriate shoe table registration
- Team lead: take offline donations over to the donation table for safe keeping

Location and Time:

There will be two registration table areas (A-L, & M-Z). Shift is from 11 a.m. to end of walk (approx. 2 p.m.)

Skills & Qualifications:

- Volunteers need to be able to communicate effectively and be physically capable of performing the tasks required.
- Photographers are responsible for taking photos of the event.
- Before and after photographs


Shift is from 10 a.m. to end of walk (approx. 2 p.m.)

ALL VOLUNTEERS are asked to help setting-up materials and equipment prior to the start of the event and assisting with taking down tables, chairs, tents, signage and other materials as needed at the end of the event.

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