Avalon’s Sexualized Violence and Healing Centered Support training is delivered to community organizations, service providers, police, medical staff, among others. The exercise pictured is about “secondary wounding”, sharing with participants common responses survivors receive upon disclosing their assault to people in various roles.

…doing our best, in 2017-18, means working strategically…”

As is documented throughout this report to Avalon’s community, 2017-2018 was the first year of the Centre’s three-year strategic plan.

The report highlights the impact this multi-year approach has had, so far, on planning and re-imagining Avalon’s work and funding.

Implementing a strategic fundraising plan has meant new sources of revenue for programs and services.

Establishing a yearly agreement with the Nova Scotia Health Authority has allowed us to expand our counselling team and reduce some waitlists.

Thinking strategically about capacity meant working with groups, agencies, organizations, and networks in our communities to share Avalon’s knowledge and expertise and build capacity throughout the community, beyond the Centre.

“We needed to be able to focus on certain things that take more than twelve months. What we identified was a need first for stability, to enable us to then work toward sustainability, which would in turn enable us to work to grow to meet demand.”

Board Member Nicole Doria