A legacy of phi­lan­thropy and footwear

Thornhill Post - - News -

Sonja Bata was born in Switzer­land, stud­ied ar­chi­tec­ture and spent much of her life sur­rounded by heels and laces. Her late-hus­band Thomas Bata ran a global shoe em­pire, and she amassed her own col­lec­tion of his­toric footwear that num­bered some 13,000 pieces span­ning 4,500 years, the bulk of which would be­come the foun­da­tion of the Bata Shoe Mu­seum, which she started in 1995. It re­mains the only mu­seum in North Amer­ica ded­i­cated to his­toric footwear. Bata, who once lived along The Bri­dle Path, was awarded the Or­der of Canada in 1983. She was also a phi­lan­thropist who de­voted her time to mul­ti­ple or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the World Wildlife Fund Canada and Ju­nior Achieve­ment Canada. Bata passed away Feb. 20 at Toronto Western Hos­pi­tal. She was 91 years old.

FOUNDER RE­MEM­BERED Sonja Bata was in­ducted into the Cana­dian Busi­ness Hall of Fame, circa 1990.

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