We are thrilled to share details about Avalon’s exciting new project! The AvalOnline project is a groundbreaking endeavour that will expand Avalon’s online services and resources, helping women find peer support, connection and addiction recovery – wherever they are.
As the world moves towards an uncertain future, we know we must be able to provide reliable, consistent and ongoing recovery services that can be safely accessed by any woman who needs our support. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the generosity of our project funders, Project AvalOnline will help Avalon do just that.
The first part of this project will see investment in audio-visual equipment in our Avalon Women’s Centres, allowing for a smoother experience for participants who are accessing in-house meetings by phone or by videoconference. This ensures that women can continue being part of their regular meetings and recovery community, even if they are unable to attend in person due to health restrictions.
The next component of the AvalOnline project will focus on Avalon’s website and online resources, building out our web capabilities to enable direct access to meetings, hosted workshops, speaker meetings and guided discussion groups.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult for women, many of whom have found themselves without childcare or steady employment and isolated from their support network. For women struggling to overcome addiction and mental health issues, the disastrous effects are compounded.
“Women have been disproportionately impacted by this crisis,” says Avalon Board President Eileen Kenkel. “The AvalOnline project will provide opportunities for women to build a supportive, connected online community that will help them through their addiction recovery journey, regardless of their financial circumstances or where they are located.”
We are so excited to announce that the AvalOnline project will be led by Jessica Jeboult, founder of A Sober Girls Guide. Jeboult is an accomplished writer, blogger, motivational speaker and coach who has built an incredible online sober community of over 37,400 women. She is passionate about Avalon’s mission and excited to help more women find recovery from addiction, even in these difficult times.
“By helping women access addiction support and feel like part of a community within their own home, we will help them stay safe while building their recovery capital and helping them live a better, healthier life for themselves and their families,” says Jeboult.
The AvalOnline Project has been generously supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the SurreyCares Community Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, the West Vancouver Foundation and TD Bank. We are so grateful for the support of our funders, without whom this vital project would not be possible.
Stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for more updates as the AvalOnline project progresses!