TORONTO/BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor National President
Jerry Dias is taking part in the Halton Women's Place 'Hope in High
Heels' walk on Saturday morning. The Honorable Dr. Kellie Lietch,
Minister responsible for the Status of Women, will also be in
In addition to being the Minister responsible for the Status of Women,
Dr. Leitch is also the Minister of Labour, and she and Mr. Dias have a
strong working relationship as a result.
"Dr. Leitch and I have significant political debate, and still I enjoy
working with the Minister and respect her commitment to our community,"
noted Mr. Dias.
"As a constituent and colleague, I was thrilled to hear that Minister
Leitch will be joining us this Saturday. We must all stand shoulder to
shoulder in the fight to end violence against women, here in Canada and
around the world," said Dias.
Dias will be taking part in the annual walk with his son Jordan for the
fourth year. The pair have raised over $60,000 for the Halton Women's
Place this year, adding to the $120,000 they have raised in the three
years prior. A number of other union members will be joining Dias in
"The women in my family and the women in the labour movement have helped
me understand that violence against women will only end with the
involvement and leadership of men," said Dias. "I am striving to be one
of those leaders."
Hope in High Heels is an event where men walk in heels to show their
support in ending violence against women, and to raise awareness about
the issue that still affects thousands of women and girls across the
Last year, the Halton Women's Place provided to 270 women and 211
children in the shelter, responded to almost 2000 crisis calls, and
helped 574 women through outreach programs. And yet 766 women did not
receive shelter due to capacity.
Mr. Dias will be available for media interviews before and after the
Saturday, September 27
Registration starts at 10am
Emma's Back Porch - 2084 Old Lakeshore Road
Unifor National President Jerry Dias
For further information:
Katie Arnup, National representative in communications: 416-333-8097 (cell) or Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org