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Avalon highlighted in BC Legislative Assembly

J Thornthwaite

Avalon is proud and honoured to have our work with women and families highlighted in the BC Legislative Assembly.

On February 13, North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite raised awareness for Avalon Recovery Society in the BC Legislative Assembly by speaking about the prevalence of addiction and Avalon's life-changing work in the Lower Mainland.

"Addiction does not play favourites, no matter your socioeconomic background or family dynamics," said MLA Thornthwaite.

"Organizations that offer wraparound support to clients and their families are critical to success. Avalon Recovery Society offers 12-step support groups, free childminding, drop-in hours, a clothing closet, resource library, empowering workshops and endless tea, coffee and support."

Both MLA Thornthwaite and West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan visited Avalon Recovery Society's North Shore location at a recent open house. MLA Thornthwaite said they "found it very welcoming, and made us feel like we were walking into a comfy house."

We are so grateful for support of local government and representatives in the communities in which we work. This vital support helps Avalon continue to operate and helps spread awareness to women and families facing addiction.

You can watch the full video below. A text version of MLA Thornthwaite's speech can be found at the bottom of this page.

MLA Jane Thornthwaite:

I’m proud to rise today to draw awareness to an important organization on the North Shore called Avalon Recovery Society.

The organization provides free, life-changing services to women and is dedicated to supporting women recovering from addictions and their families.

Addiction does not play favourites, no matter your socioeconomic background or family dynamics. You can come from an intact family, a supportive family or even a disadvantaged one and still fall prey to addiction. No one is exempt.

Women face unique barriers to recover from addiction, including facing increased shame and social stigma. Studies have demonstrated that gender specific treatment in recovery support can be key to women overcoming addiction.

Addiction takes a terrible toll on people’s lives. It affects not only their health, their relationships, their jobs and sometimes tragically it can lead to death.

Organizations that offer wraparound support to clients and their families are critical to success. Avalon Recovery Society offers 12-step support groups, free childminding, drop-in hours, a clothing closet, resource library, empowering workshops and endless tea, coffee and support.

Both the member from West Vancouver-Capilano and myself have toured the facility and found it very welcoming and made us feel like we were walking into a comfy house.

One woman told her story, that “Avalon has connected me to amazing women who share my struggle and have taught me how to live a better life. By coming to Avalon, I gain strength, hope and connection.” I am grateful for the Avalon Recovery Society in helping women end the cycle of addiction.

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