2012 Annual Report

On June 21, Avalon held our 2012 Annual General Meeting. The meeting included remarks form our Executive Director and the Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as updates on the centre’s programs. Please feel free to look through our annual report for updates on the work that has been happening at Avalon! 2012 AGm Report Web

“Hands on Empowerment” Art Project

The following description of the Hands on Empowerment Mandela was written collectively by the project participants to explain the art piece and to describe their experiences throughout the project. The piece will be displayed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with this description from June until September. Hands on Empowerment The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization …

Open Letter to Halifax Harbour Bridges

The following open letter was drafted by Avalon Centre to bring attention to problems with the recent “Bridget” campaign of Halifax Harbour Bridges. May 31, 2011 Steve Snider CEO and General Manager Halifax Harbour Bridges Dear Mr. Snider: We, the undersigned, are writing to express our concerns about the Halifax Harbour Bridges “Bridget” Campaign. Together, we represent many groups and …

Sexual assault nurse examiners provide vital service

This opinion editorial written by Susan Wilson, Avalon Centre’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program was first published on May 10, 2012 in the Chronicle Herald. Since 2001, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program has helped to ensure appropriate, compassionate and empowering health care is delivered to people who experience sexualized violence. Unfortunately, it is only available …

2012 Light After Dark Fundraiser

On May 3rd, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre held its annual Light After Dark Fundraiser at the Company House. Money raised through this fundraiser help Avalon cover the expenses of our services including therapeutic counselling, community education and professional training, and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program in Halifax. The fundraiser included performances by Vicky Traynor and Erin Costelo. We’d like to thank all of …

Woman Shaves 10 years of Hair for Avalon Sexual Assault Centre

Melinda Norris has been growing her dread locked hair for ten years. On April 25, she shaved her head in support of Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. “I’m really gratified that we have a place like Avalon and that we can unite as a community behind their work, because it’s not only life-changing, it’s life-saving,” said Norris. Avalon Sexual Assault Centre …

Recognizing Resistance: Community Responses to Sexualized Violence

On March 14, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre held a morning symposium to look at community responses to sexualized violence. There were 95 people in attendance from 52 different organizations and agencies. Participants included people from the Departments of Health and Community Services, as well as members of the university, police, and legal communities. There was plenty of positive feedback, and we hope …

Int’l Women’s Day: Girls Speak Out on Sexualized Violence

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre partnered with the YWCA’s Finding Leadership in Young Women (FLY-W) program and the Girls’ Action Group at Citadel High School to create a sexual assault awareness and empowerment program for girls/young women. Named by participants, Stop It ASAP (Awareness of Sexual Assault Project) provided girls ages 11-19 the opportunity to address the impacts of sexualized violence …