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Dry JANN-uary: Why Sobriety is Jann Arden’s Superpower

Jann Arden is Canada’s sweetheart. The singer-songwriter has won over hearts of Canadians with her honesty and vulnerability. When Jann reached her 50’s and her life changed in unexpected ways, she let the public into her life like never before. Jann became the caregiver for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she wrote two…

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4 Ways to Partake in Giving Tuesday

Are you looking for ways to give back to your community? Well, guess what, Giving Tuesday is right around the corner!   You may be wondering, “what is Giving Tuesday?”.   Giving Tuesday is a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Giving Tuesday is always on the first Tuesday after Black…

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How Kristen Bell is Standing By Dax Shepard After Relapse

Addiction is something that never stops being a challenge, as Dax Shepard shared with his recent revelation that he’d fallen off the wagon after 16 years of sobriety. During an appearance with Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Bell opened up about how the family has made adjustments in the wake of his relapse while revealing some of…

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A month of #CelebratingRecovery

September is Recovery Month and we have been hearing from inspiring women sharing their recovery stories all month long!   Each week we have featured an incredible woman in recovery who has told their story and allowed us to celebrate their recovery with them! Check out the videos below to watch each of our #CelebratingRecovery…

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That miracle they talk about: Heide Mayne

West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan and Centre Manager Heide Mayne at the North Shore Open House event on June 1, 2019 By Rosemary Keevil   When Heide Mayne first stepped into the Avalon Women’s Centre North Shore at 11:30 on Friday, May 3, 2002 she was a depressed and desperate woman. She attended the midday…

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Jennifer’s Story

Just one year ago, 22-year-old Jennifer* was pregnant, struggling with addiction and living on the street.   She was referred to Avalon Recovery Society, where she found the support she needed from women of all ages. Here, she could connect with other young moms who understood her and her struggles. When Baby B was born,…

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A Story of Recovery with Avalon

This is a personal story from a woman of Avalon. Names and identifying details have been removed.  The Avalon Women’s Center has been the key to my heart. My journey in sobriety began when I was a young mother. I went to meetings where I could bring my children. After another 10 years I came…

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