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On Halloween night, Portage Beaconsfield (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-beaconsfield-quebec) residents participated in a “Trick or Eat” food drive, going door-to-door in the community to collect non-perishable food items for the West Island Mission, the local food bank that helps families in need.
The residents and staff members braved the rainy weather and had a great night, an... [>>]
The Art for Healing Foundation, a non-profit organisation that facilitates the donation of artwork to hospitals and long-term residential health care centres, has coordinated donations of artwork to several of Portage’s substance abuse rehabilitation centres (/drug-addiction-rehabilitation-services) over the past few years, livening up the hallways and lifting the spirits of the resident... [>>]
The Simple Plan Foundation, which has supported Portage for many years, recently made a $15,000 donation to the Portage Program for Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (/qc/mentally-ill-chemical-abusers-quebec) (MICA), to help the centre provide art therapy and music classes for the residents, as well as to equip the centre with musical instruments.
These classes will not only provide a ... [>>]
On Sunday October 20, 2013, a group of Portage residents and staff members got together for a five kilometre mental health awareness walk through the streets of downtown Montréal. Residents and staff members from Portage Beaconsfield (http://portage.clientsmith.com/qc/rehabilitation-centre-beaconsfield-quebec) and from Portage’s Mother and Child centre (http://portage.clientsmith... [>>]
Every few months, the employees (/staff-rehabilitation-therapy) at each Portage centre vote to recognise one of their colleagues for their outstanding work and contribution to the organisation, the staff team, and the therapeutic community. This fall, Mary Munroe was chosen by her colleagues at Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) as the Staff Me... [>>]
Thanks to a generous $10,000 donation from TELUS, the youth in treatment at the Portage drug rehabilitation centre in Saint-Malachie (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-saint-malachie-quebec) will begin participating in a Taekwondo Program in December.
Portage’s adolescent centre in Cassidy Lake (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents), New Brunswick has had a similar martial arts program ... [>>]
During National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs from November 18 to 24, Portage is seeking to raise awareness about the co-occurrence of mental health problems and substance abuse, a problem that has grown on a worldwide scale by 38% between 1990 and 2010 .
In Canada, the costs of this problem in terms of loss of productivity are estimated at approximately $33 billion per y... [>>]
National Addictions Awareness Week
50% of people who abuse drugs also suffer from mental health problems
Montréal, November 20, 2013 – During National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs from November 18 to 24, Portage is seeking to raise awareness about the co-occurrence of mental health problems and substance abuse, a problem that has grown on a worldwide scale by 38% between... [>>]
National Addictions Awareness Week
Addiction rehabilitation centre highlights importance of collaboration with mental health services
Vancouver, November 20, 2013 – During National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs from November 18 to 24, Portage BC is seeking to create awareness about the important link between its addiction rehabilitation program for yo... [>>]
Ontario youth recognised for success overcoming addiction
Elora, Ontario, November 19, 2013 – Thirty-five youth from across Ontario returned to Portage Elora on Sunday to kick off National Addictions Awareness Week (November 18 to 24) and to celebrate their success since completing a substance abuse rehabilitation program at Portage.
The event brought alu... [>>]
The New Brunswick Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour Department has implemented a new program at Cassidy Lake, providing the youth in treatment with hands-on training in seven skilled trades.
Though many of the residents had never before considered a career in skilled trades, the experience for most has been overwhelmingly positive, opening their eyes to possible job opportu... [>>]
Youth in treatment at the Portage Elora drug rehabilitation centre (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) are encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors and to push their limits through the Outward Bound Program. The Portage Outward Bound Summer Camp Program provides a safe and caring environment where the youth can focus on the underlying issues of their addiction.
This summer,... [>>]
During National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs from November 18 to 24, Portage is seeking to raise awareness about the co-occurrence of mental health problems and substance abuse, by putting the spotlight on its program for Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (/qc/mentally-ill-chemical-abusers-quebec) (MICA). Throughout the week, Portage will be posting information on its social networking pa... [>>]
As part of their sociocultural activities this fall, Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents enjoyed the following outings:
During a visit to a classic car museum, residents got a behind the scenes tour of the restoration process by looking at pictures of the cars in wrecked condition and then at the steps taken by the museum ... [>>]
Every four months, the employees (/staff-rehabilitation-therapy) at each Portage centre vote to recognise one of their colleagues for their outstanding work and contribution to the organisation, the staff team, and the therapeutic community.
Portage would like to congratulate the staff members most recently recognised by their peers: Marie-Claude Gélinas, Mentally Ill Chemical Abu... [>>]
On October 3, Guy Blanchette, a graduate of the MIRE (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) (/qc/mire-employment-quebec) Program, was invited to speak at the RSSMO (Réseau des services spécialisés de main-d’œuvre) conference about his experience in the employment reintegration program (/qc/employment-reintegration-quebec). His heartfelt testimon... [>>]
At the beginning of October, Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents and staff members went on a special outing to RockRidge Canyon, a retreat centre in a mountain valley near Princeton, BC. The entire Portage Keremeos community faced their fears and grew as individuals and as a team as they progressed through the high ropes challenge cour... [>>]
Art therapy is among the many programs offered at Portage Academy, where specialised and dedicated instructors like art teacher Martha Bahula are inspiring residents to renew their interest in their studies. In art therapy classes, practical projects teaching basic drawing, painting, and sculpting skills are challenging students to expand their horizons and express themselves creatively. Acco... [>>]
From October 15 to 17, thirty Public Safety workers from across Atlantic Canada converged at Portage Atlantic’s substance abuse rehabilitation centre (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) for youth at Cassidy Lake. Public Safety had arranged for the showcase, to better inform its front-line workers about the residential treatment program, so that they can more readily send youth... [>>]
This fall, several Portage staff members (/staff-rehabilitation-therapy) will be heading back to school. Approximately forty employees will be attending a new training program delivered on-site at Portage’s rehabilitation centre in Prévost (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-prevost-lac-echo-quebec) by the Université de Sherbrooke.
Portage employees, both clinical and administr... [>>]
After over three years of planning, developing, and fundraising, Portage Atlantic (/atlantic/index.html) is proud to be officially opening its Recovery Trail in November.
The path through the picturesque woods has been extended and enhanced to provide a safe and more accessible route for walking, running, biking and snowshoeing, proving the youth in treatment with more options to be... [>>]
Overcoming substance abuse – reconnecting with loved ones, going back to work or to school, becoming an active member of society, and making that commitment to never again live in the shadows – is a remarkable achievement that deserves a remarkable celebration! In Montréal on September 22 and in Québec City on October 20, Portage graduates were honoured at the 2013 Recog... [>>]
Portage’s initial accreditation in 2010 was granted for a three-year period. During the summer of 2012, Portage initiated the required steps to renew its status as an accredited organisation, and Accreditation Canada’s follow-up visit occurred during the summer of 2013. As in 2010, accreditation was granted on condition that certain standards be met within a set timeframe. At this ... [>>]
TORONTO, October 24th, 2013 – For the seventh consecutive year, 200 guests gathered Tuesday night in Toronto to raise awareness and funds in support of the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund. Since the establishment of Portage in Elora, in 1985, the drug rehabilitation centre has treated more than 4,000 youth from all over Ontario.
Through overwhelmingly generous d... [>>]
Following an overwhelmingly positive visit in May, four more Portage Keremeos youth were invited back to the beautiful Jewel Lake Resort in Greenwood, BC to participate in its volunteer program at the end of September. In exchange for accommodation, meals, and access to the resort’s facilities, residents spent their mornings doing chores to help the resort prepare to close up for the season.... [>>]
Québec, le 21 octobre 2013 – Hier, près de 80 représentants de Portage ont joint les rangs de la Marche pour la santé mentale à Montréal dans le but de démystifier les préjugés et de sensibiliser la population aux maladies mentales.
Depuis plus de 18 ans, Portage développe une expertise pour la double probl&eacu... [>>]
60 finissants des centres de Portage à Québec célèbrent leur victoire sur la toxicomanie
Québec, le 20 octobre 2013 – Aujourd’hui, la Fête de la Reconnaissance a mis en lumière les réussites de 60 hommes, femmes et adolescents qui ont vaincu la toxicomanie cette année dans les centres de Portage de Qu&e... [>>]
Fredericton, NB, October 15, 2013 – “Children don’t dream of becoming addicts” is the slogan for Portage Atlantic’s first online fundraiser for youth addiction treatment, now officially launched at www.Rally4Dreams.ca.
Portage Atlantic has set an ambitious goal of $30,000 for this 55-day online fundraiser and welcomes donations, big and small, to help reach this... [>>]
Portage Atlantic is thrilled to have been chosen as a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the McKesson Foundation, to go towards the purchase of furniture for the common rooms in both the boys’ and the girls’ dormitories.
The McKesson Foundation is dedicated to providing access to quality health care and education to children and youth.
BC youth from all over the province arrived at the Portage Keremeos substance abuse rehabilitation centre (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) on October 6, 2013 to celebrate their successful completion of the treatment program and the positive lifestyle they have been living ever since. There was a great buzz of excitement around the twenty-seven youth who completed... [>>]
In its seventeenth year, the theme of the Portage Atlantic Recognition Ceremony this year was: “Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change,” celebrating the Atlantic Canada youth who took up the challenge to change their lives by seeking addiction rehabilitation therapy at Portage.
The Recognition Ceremony, which recognised both this year’s graduat... [>>]
Portage Atlantic was recently invited to make a presentation at a two-day seminar put on by the Intersection Program, a youth organisation in the Acadian Peninsula, which seeks to help reduce absenteeism at school and lower criminal activities linked to drugs. The program works in collaboration with community resources to assist in guiding youth at risk between the ages of 13 and 16 years of ... [>>]
The tenth annual Soirée des Grands Philanthropes Tribute Evening, which this year honoured Paul Desmarais, Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation of Canada, was held on October 3 in Montréal’s Windsor Station. The event was a resounding success, netting $1,325,000.
Portage would like to thank the event’s co-chairs, Michèle Thibod... [>>]
Keremeos, B.C., October 7, 2013 – Youth from all over the province arrived yesterday in Keremeos to celebrate their successful completion of Portage BC’s treatment program for youth who have issues with drug addiction. As part of Portage’s 40th anniversary celebrations this year, Portage was proud to recognise individuals at its Recognition Ceremony.
“These yo... [>>]
“Children don’t dream of becoming addicts” is the slogan for Portage Atlantic (/atlantic/index.html)’s first online fundraiser, launched on October 3 and culminating at the end of National Addictions Awareness Week at the end of November.
An inspiring video can be found on www.rally4dreams.ca (http://www.rally4dreams.ca) as well as information on how to get ... [>>]
Every Friday, Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents have the opportunity to express themselves and their feelings through sculpture, painting, drawing, and other artistic creations in Art Therapy class. Not only do the projects provide a channel for creative expression, but they often help bring emotions and issues to the surface, which can ... [>>]
Sussex, NB, September 29, 2013 - Portage Atlantic hosted its seventeenth Annual Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, September 29th, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Sussex High School.
Recognition Day has special meaning to youth and families who have been supported by the Portage drug rehabilitation program at Cassidy Lake. At this year’s ceremony, 45 youth from across Canada were recognise... [>>]
Portage Academy (/academy-school-programming) students and teachers were back at school at the beginning of September. All Portage centres for youth offer mandatory on-site school programming, recognised by local school boards and adapted to the needs of the residents. Whereas in the past many Portage residents have struggled with school and some have even abandoned their studies altogether, Porta... [>>]
On September 12, 2013, the UPS Foundation presented an $11,000 grant to Portage Atlantic to be put towards leisure equipment for Cassidy Lake’s new Recovery Trail. The Recovery Trail will be officially opened on November 1, and thanks to the UPS Foundation’s donation, the centre will be fully equipped with outdoor gear that the youth can enjoy on the trail.
Portage Atlantic... [>>]
Montréal, September 23, 2013 – As part of Portage’s 40th anniversary celebrations this year, Portage was proud to recognise 150 individuals at its Recognition Ceremony yesterday, for having successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program at one of its residential centres in the Greater Montréal Area.
Since its first centre was opened in 1973, Portage&rs... [>>]
Joining health and addiction rehabilitation organisations across the country, Portage celebrated Canada’s second annual Recovery Day (http://www.recoveryday.ca) on September 8, 2013. Portage Ontario (/ontario/index.html) staff members and graduates attended Recover Day rallies in Ottawa and Toronto, and one of the graduates, invited up by the mayor of Ottawa, spoke proudly to the crowd a... [>>]
Earlier this summer, nine members of the accounting team at Portage’s head office in Montréal boarded the train to Québec City on their way to visit Portage’s substance abuse rehabilitation centre (/quebec/adolescents-toxicomanes) for youth in Saint-Malachie. It was the first time that these staff members had visited the centre, and an important opportunity for them t... [>>]
On September 8, Portage joined health and addictions organisations across the country to celebrate Canada’s second annual Recovery Day (http://www.recoveryday.ca/). In Québec, Portage organised a Homecoming event for the graduates of Portage’s rehabilitation centres (/qc/portage-quebec) in the Montréal region.
The graduates and staff members who attended the eve... [>>]
For individuals, families and friends who have been affected by substance abuse, recovery from addiction is a great cause for celebration. On September 8, 2013, hundreds of people took part in Vancouver’s “Rally for Recovery” at the Vancouver Art Gallery, celebrating individuals who have overcome their addiction issues.
The event was an opportunity for the community to... [>>]
Joining health and addiction rehabilitation organisations across the country, Portage celebrated Canada’s second annual Recovery Day on September 8, 2013. Portage Atlantic (/atlantic/index.html) stood proudly on the steps of Fredericton City Hall as Mayor Brad Woodside read the Recovery Day Proclamation. Two Portage Atlantic graduates then shared their personal stories of recovery with... [>>]
On June 24th, 120 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on Thornhill Country Club’s scenic and challenging golf course at the annual Cornerstone 52 Golf Tournament. The Cornerstone 52 Foundation generously donated $15,000 of the proceeds from this year’s event to Portage Ontario (/on/index.html) to enable more youth and their families to benefit from substance abuse treatment at Portage... [>>]
Portage Atlantic recently completed a French-language video, in which graduates and staff members describe Portage’s substance abuse rehabilitation program (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) at Cassidy Lake in New Brunswick.
Montréal, September 8, 2013 – Joining health and addictions organisations across the country, Portage is celebrating Canada’s second annual Recovery Day today. Twelve Canadian cities are marking the day with official rallies where a proclamation will be read by city officials.
Portage has been celebrating freedom from addiction for over forty years since its first... [>>]
On August 14, 2013 Portage Atlantic (/atlantic/index.html)’s long-time supporters from T4G and the Future Focus Foundation hosted a charity golf tournament with the proceeds going to Portage Atlantic. The event was a success with $600 raised to go towards Portage Atlantic’s greatest needs (/atlantic/statement-of-needs).... [>>]
The 13th Annual Floodstock Music Festival took place on August 10, 2013 in Evandale, New Brunswick, raising $4,000 for the Portage Atlantic substance abuse treatment centre (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) for youth. Many people came out for a great afternoon of music, food, fireworks, and family fun in support of Portage.
A new addition to Floodstock this year was &ld... [>>]
The Portage Atlantic substance abuse rehabilitation centre (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) at Cassidy Lake made the most of summertime, with the summer months full of active outdoor programming. Among other things, the youth participated in:
various fitness programs offered by Lifestyles Fitness;
the Portage Olympics (/announcements/portage-olympics-bring-together-re... [>>]
Le programme pour adolescents au centre de réadaptation (/quebec/adolescents-toxicomanes) de Portage à Prévost a renouvelé son entente avec le Regroupement Courant-Nord de Québec en Forme, pour poursuivre son programme de saines habitudes de vie en 2013-2014. Grâce à ce financement, les usagers profitent d’une programmation qui vise l’ali... [>>]
Many parallels can be drawn between roughing it in the wilderness and overcoming substance abuse issues, and frequent hikes in the woods and the mountains that surround Portage Keremeos help reinforce what residents have been learning in rehabilitation therapy (/drug-addiction-rehabilitation-services).
Thanks to the donations of many wonderful supporters, Portage Keremeos residents ... [>>]
Participating in volunteer activities while in residential treatment is an important part of preparing for social reintegration. Here’s a first-hand account of a volunteer experience from a 16-year old Portage Elora (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) resident.
This July, the Kitchen in the Park Project (KIPP) in Elora hosted a wonderful event. It consisted of homemad... [>>]
From August 5 to 8, 2013, over a hundred residents from Portage’s rehabilitation centres (/drug-addiction-rehabilitation-services) in Québec, Ontario, and New Brunswick gathered at Portage Saint-Malachie, to compete in various team sports in the annual Portage Olympics. It was the first time in many years that all Portage centres for adolescents in Eastern Canada were represented.... [>>]
Participating in volunteer activities while in residential treatment is an important part of preparing for social reintegration. Here’s a first-hand account of a volunteer experience from a 17-year old Portage Elora (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) resident.
In July, six residents volunteered their time to help build bicycles that would be sent to Africa for the le... [>>]
It has been a beautiful summer in British Columbia, and residents at the Portage Keremeos substance abuse rehabilitation centre (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia)have been making the post of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Several day hikes to Ashnola with picnics by the waterfalls and visits to the historical Ochre Bluffs gave them a chance to get some fresh ... [>>]
En collaboration avec l'Association Médiévale de Québec (AMQ), les adolescents au centre de réadaptation en toxicomanie (/quebec/adolescents-toxicomanes) de Portage, à Saint-Malachie, se sont familiarisés avec la période du Moyen Âge, les costumes de ce temps, les combats et plus encore.
Le projet a pris forme à la suite ... [>>]
Once again this year, Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents were an integral part of the town’s Canada Day festivities. Several residents attended the Canada Day Planning Committee Meetings to give their input and to coordinate how the rest of the Portage community could contribute to the event.
Portage residents took ca... [>>]
Le 4 juillet dernier, les usagers des services de Portage à Québec ont participé à une journée d’activités sous le thème « La fête de l’été ». Cette activité annuelle encourage les échanges et la création de liens amicaux. Elle permet aussi de réaliser que s’a... [>>]
Portage Elora residents recently took up an egg drop challenge, working in small groups to try to fashion a protective package for an egg that would prevent it from cracking when dropped from the roof. Each group was given a bag of various materials and the team members were asked to reflect in silence for two minutes on a plan for how they would make it, before beginning to work together on t... [>>]
Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) took advantage of the volunteer program at the Jewel Lake Resort in Greenwood, BC to provide four residents with the opportunity to enjoy a several-day getaway to the beautiful Jewel Lake. During their stay, Portage residents did chores for the resort every morning in exchange for accommodation and meals.
The Simple Plan Foundation, which has supported Portage for many years, recently donated $5,000 to the Portage substance abuse rehabilitation centre in Prévost (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-prevost-lac-echo-quebec) to purchase new musical instruments for the youth in treatment.
Portage’s music room is now fully equipped, with four new guitars and new drum equipment, purcha... [>>]
Over the past few months, the Portage Prévost (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-prevost-lac-echo-quebec) staff team has jumped on-board the 0.5.30 (http://www.0-5-30.com/) challenge, a Government of Québec initiative to encourage people to smoke less, eat better, and be more active every day. The 0.5.30 refers to:
• 0 cigarettes;
• 5 portions of fruits and vegetables ea... [>>]
At the beginning of July, Portage Saint-Malachie residents worked side-by-side with representatives from the Regroupement forestier de Chaudières-Appalaches to plant the five hundred new oaks and elm trees along the Etchemin River than runs along the centre’s property.
The activity provided residents with an opportunity to practice the teamwork skills that they have b... [>>]
In order to prepare residents for social reintegration (/social-reintegration-aftercare-services), Portage Prévost’s Sociocultural Coordinator, Danielle DesMarais, recently led a life skills session on how to react to different situations when going out to a restaurant. Not only did participants learn their way around a table setting, but they also learned how to react to various... [>>]
The youth at the Portage Prévost rehabilitation centre (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-prevost-lac-echo-quebec) recently experienced just how therapeutic laughter can be through a laughter therapy workshop with a specialised education intern.
The intern led them through a series of exercises and stretches, a discussion about laughing techniques, and then had participants act out s... [>>]
Once again this year, Portage Beaconsfield sent two staff members and two residents to DESTA’s Black Youth Network Health and Wellness Day in Montréal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood.
According to DESTA’s 2011 research study on Race, Risk and Resilience, “many Black youth in Montreal are not coping well with the stressors they face and display signif... [>>]
A group of Ontario probation officers who work with youth recently organised a hockey tournament with the residents of the Portage Elora substance abuse rehabilitation centre. Whereas most of the contact that Portage residents have had with probation officers in the past has been because they were in trouble with the law, this activity was a positive experience for the youth. It helped human... [>>]
During the month of September, hope for recovery from addiction will be celebrated throughout the province of Ontario. Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (http://www.addictionsontario.ca/)’s campaign aims to spread the message that help is available to people who are suffering from addiction issues, and that they too can turn their lives around by seeking drug addiction rehabilitation ... [>>]
The Soirée des Grands Philanthropes (/qc/quebec-tribute-evening-fundraising) 2013 Tribute Evening will be held on October 3, 2013, in the Salle des pas perdus at Montréal’s Windsor Station, under the co-Presidency of Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Chairwoman of the Board, École Polytechnique de Montréal, and Jean Monty, President of the Libermont Foundation. Th... [>>]
"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
At seventeen years of age, Dan Martell turned his back on a life of drugs, violence, and crime and chose to walk through the doors of the Portage Atlantic substance abuse rehabilitation centre (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) for youth a... [>>]
Portage Québec’s employee fundraising campaign, entitled “It begins with a penny,” calls upon the generosity of Portage employees to help raise money for a specific project in each of Portage’s treatment centres. The Portage Foundation (/qc/quebec-fundraising-campaign) would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of this campaign.... [>>]
The brand-new Portage Ontario Facebook page features inspiring stories from graduates, and the discussion around Portage Ontario’s #hitthebricks event on Twitter has started a buzz. For the latest on addiction issues, rehabilitation treatment, and recovery testimonials, please like our Portage Ontario (https://www.facebook.com/PortageOntario) page on Facebook, follow @PortageOntario (https:/... [>>]
Portage Atlantic and the Sussex Lions Club established the first Leo’s Club in New Brunswick last summer, and many Portage Resident have become young members of the Lions Club (Leos) since that time. Now, Portage Atlantic’s Leos have their very own vests.
To become a Leo, residents interview with Luc Desjardins, Program Manager at Cassidy Lake, and are then paired with ... [>>]
Portage is very grateful to the RCMP Foundation for its $5,000 donation for the Portage Atlantic Recovery Trail Project (/atlantic/portage-atlantic-recovery-trail), which provides youth in rehabilitation treatment with a forested area for walking, biking, snowshoeing, and quiet reflection.
Pictured here: Portage Atlantic Board member (/atlantic/regional-board) David Ferguson, Chair... [>>]
Always extremely popular events, Portage’s annual golf tournaments (/qc/quebec-golf-tournaments-fundraising) raise funds for its adolescent substance abuse treatment programs.
The 19th edition of the Québec City tournament was held on June 3, 2013 at the Club de golf de Beauce, under the honourary chairmanship of Denis Berthiaume, First Vice-President and General Directo... [>>]
On May 8, 2013, McDonald's restaurants across Canada celebrated McHappy Day, an annual fundraising event where a portion of sales goes to local children's charities. Portage Beaconsfield residents were proud to be on hand to volunteer once again this year. This was the fifth McHappy Day that the residents have participated in, working in front of and behind the counter at peak meal times. In addit... [>>]
On June 10, 2013 seventeen New Brunswick MLA’s descended upon the Portage substance abuse rehabilitation centre (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) for youth at Cassidy Lake for their annual caucus meeting. While there, they met with the young people in treatment and took a tour of the facility.
The MLA’s were particularly struck by their experience sitting in on the r... [>>]
Portage would like to thank Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Foundation for a $20,000 donation of sporting equipment for the residents at Portage’s substance abuse rehabilitation (/qc/adolescents-quebec-drug-addiction-rehabilitation) centre for youth in Saint-Malachie.... [>>]
On March 21, 2013 the National Assembly of Québec honoured Ghislaine Bilodeau, one of Portage’s long-time and very faithful volunteers (/volunteering-substance-abuse-rehabilitation), for her contribution as General Director of the Rotary’s Télébingo over the past twenty years. Portage would like to congratulation Ghislaine for this honour.... [>>]
Mental health and addiction are becoming increasingly interrelated, as many people with addiction issues may also have problems with mental health. Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (/qc/mentally-ill-chemical-abusers-quebec) (MICA) centre has been treating the concurrent disorder of addiction and mental illness since 1995, and has helped over two hundred people to take back control... [>>]
Earning a high school diploma while recovering from substance abuse
Montréal, June 20, 2013 – Eighteen adolescents, currently in treatment at the Portage Beaconsfield substance abuse rehabilitation centre, were recognised today for their success at Portage Academy, the centre’s on-site school. Surrounded by family and friends at a special ceremony, five of these young... [>>]
According to current judicial statistics, nearly all criminal acts committed in the villages of Nunavik are related to drug and alcohol problems. Since there are no prisons in this part of Québec, residents who are found guilty of crimes are sent to the prison in Saint-Jérôme to be incarcerated. At this time, they make up a quarter of all inmates there. The Inuit community ... [>>]
Every few months, the employees (/staff-rehabilitation-therapy) at each Portage centre vote to recognise one of their colleagues for their outstanding work and contribution to the organisation, the staff team, and the therapeutic community (/substance-abuse-rehabilitation-approach-therapeutic-community). This winter, Gillian Power was chosen by her colleagues at Portage Keremeos as the Staff Membe... [>>]
The building that has housed the Portage program for English-speaking adolescents for the last twelve years will be demolished next year, at the request of its owner, Batshaw Youth and Family Centres. After much negotiation, Portage has been able to push back the demolition date by eighteen months, in order to have enough time to find a new home for the program.
The demolition permit... [>>]
Le 10 juin dernier, Portage tenait la 16e édition de son Omnium de golf au Club Laval-sur-le-Lac. À cette occasion, plusieurs personnes de la communauté des affaires étaient réunies pour souligner leur appui à l’organisme. Cette activité, qui remporte toujours un vif succès, a permis d’amasser la somme de 120 000 $ net qui ser... [>>]
Every four months, the employees (/staff-rehabilitation-therapy) at each Portage centre vote to recognise one of their colleagues for their outstanding work and contribution to the organisation, the staff team, and the therapeutic community.
Portage would like to congratulate the staff members most recently recognised by their peers: Gillian Power, Adolescent Program in Keremeos, Ren... [>>]
Back in February, we asked for your feedback on our regional electronic newsletters. We really appreciate the responses that we received, which will help us to continue providing you with meaningful content. As the newsletters come out only every few months, we encourage you to visit our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PortageCanada) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/PortageCanada) pages as ... [>>]
Once again this year, proceeds from the Cornerstone 52 Foundation golf tournament will go to the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund, which provides access to substance abuse rehabilitation treatment (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) to youth who would otherwise be unable to get the help they need.
The tournament will take place on June 24, 2013 at the Thornhill Golf and Cou... [>>]
La 19e édition de l'Omnium de golf Portage s’est tenue le 3 juin dernier, au Club de golf de Beauce, à Sainte-Marie. L’événement, sous la présidence d’honneur de Monsieur Denis Berthiaume, premier vice-président et directeur général, Gestion du patrimoine et Assurance de personnes, Mouvement Desjardins, a permis d’... [>>]
With a very generous donation from the late Dr. William Lewis, Portage Atlantic (/atlantic/index.html) is planning for the Lewis Fitness Centre Capital Campaign, which seeks to raise an additional $800,000 for the construction of a brand new fitness centre to be built on-site for the youth in substance abuse treatment (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) at Cassidy Lake. Already, a d... [>>]
Over three hundred participants – executives and youth teams alike – came out to support Portage Ontario (/ontario/index.html) and Outward Bound Canada at a fun-filled day of teamwork and challenges on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the first-ever Hit the Bricks Adventure Race and Festival (/ontario/fundraising-event-hit-the-bricks-outward-bound).
It was a beautiful day at Toronto&... [>>]
Twelve residents from the Portage Prévost adolescent program (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-prevost-lac-echo-quebec) participated in a hands-on educational activity on biodiversity in April. They worked with Les Amis de la Montagne to plant trees and cut down invasive plants on Mount Royal. The outing was a great opportunity for the youth to contribute to an environmental conservation proj... [>>]
When the proposed regulation modifying the Individual and Family Assistance Act was published in the National Assembly’s Gazette officielle du Québec on February 27, 2013, Portage was concerned by the article that proposed, among other things, to limit individuals’ eligibility for special benefits if they are seeking residential treatment for substance abuse rehabilitation (... [>>]
Portage is pleased to officially announce that Montréal’s Health and Social Services Agency has confirmed continued provincial financing for the Mother and Child Program (/qc/mother-child-drug-addiction-treatment-quebec) until 2016.
The Mother and Child Program, created in 2005 with funding from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Qué... [>>]
As they do every spring, five nurses from Public Health visited Cassidy Lake (/atlantic/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) to provide residents with the immunizations that they are due to receive, as well as any they may have missed due to poor school attendance over the last few years. Residents are now all up to date, having been vaccinated for HPV, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella,... [>>]
Once again this year, Portage staff members will be on hand at Central City Foundation’s Fair in the Square event in Vancouver, to network with community organisations in the inner city and to create awareness about its drug addiction rehabilitation centre (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) in Keremeos, BC.
This year’s fair, the seventh a... [>>]
Portage’s addiction rehabilitation centres (/drug-addiction-rehabilitation-services) across Canada are in the process of preparing for Accreditation Canada’s visit, which will take place from June 16 to 21, 2013. Portage was granted unconditional accreditation in 2010, and is now welcoming Accreditation Canada representatives back for the follow-up visit, three years later. Accreditati... [>>]
A presentation by Antonio Maturo, director of Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers Program, on the foundations and core principles of the therapeutic community (/substance-abuse-rehabilitation-approach-therapeutic-community) to MIRE (/qc/mire-employment-quebec) (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) staff members, has led to a change in the structure of the employment ... [>>]
In the field of addiction treatment, the needs of clients are continually evolving. To manage the changing landscape, Portage has been adapting its service offering over the years and providing new training and development opportunities to its staff members in order to comply with best practices. Most recently, Portage Atlantic (/atlantic/index.html) staff members (/staff-rehabilitation-therap... [>>]
Regular Outward Bound programming at Portage Elora (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) provides residents with the opportunity to put the leadership, communication, and teamwork skills that they have been developing in therapy into practice in the great outdoors.
Among the activities of the past few months, here are some highlights:
In February, residents went on numerou... [>>]
Though most had not previously considered a career as a firefighter, the positive experiences that residents had during their recent S-100 Firefighting training and their visit to the Penticton Fire Hall had a few of them interested in pursuing it as a career option when they complete the residential phase of their therapy at Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-b... [>>]
After a dozen years of hosting this event in Québec City, the first edition of Portage’s Table du chef (/qc/quebec-fundraiser-table-du-chef) in Montréal was held on April 24, 2013, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The hotel’s Executive Chef, Alain Pignard and his team entertained and instructed a table of a dozen Montréal business people, including Luc Vi... [>>]
To celebrate the Canadian Mental Health Association's 62nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Week, the Portage Keremeos addiction rehabilitation centre (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) for youth organised a ‘Walk to Wellness’ for the Keremeos community. Beginning at Memorial Park, Portage residents and staff members walked arm in arm with community m... [>>]
Addiction and mental health are increasingly interrelated, as many people who suffer from addiction may also have mental health issues. Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (/qc/mentally-ill-chemical-abusers-quebec) (MICA) centre, situated in Montréal, has been treating the concurrent disorder of addiction and mental illness since 1995, and has helped over two hundred people ov... [>>]
Portage Atlantic residents made the most of their spring break from Portage Academy (/academy-school-programming) to get active, be creative, and do some spring cleaning to prepare the centre for the coming summer months.
Yoga classes resumed for the girls’ community and they also started a kickboxing class.
The boys have continued their Judo training. Thirty mem... [>>]
During the second week of March, Portage Elora (/ontario/contact-adoon) residents took a break from Portage Academy (/academy-school-programming) to enjoy some springtime fun.
The community toured around a local sugar shack and learned how maple syrup is made. They also went skating in Guelph, had an outdoor cookout, and participated in some relaxation classes, learning about yoga, ... [>>]
Six Interior School Board representatives visited the Portage Keremeos youth rehabilitation centre (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) this winter with the intention of making budget cuts to its academic program, as they had been doing for all other interior BC schools. However, after meeting a number of residents and taking a tour of the facility, the represent... [>>]
Brave teams stretch their mental and physicial limits during the first annual Hit the Bricks Urban Adventure Race and Festival - Proceeds support youth with addiction and mental health issues Toronto (Ontario) April 28, 2013 – Have you ever wondered what the view looks like 65 feet in the air atop of a challenge tower? Participants in the Hit the Bricks Urban Adventure Race and Festival (htt... [>>]
On April 28, 2013, Portage Ontario (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) and Outward Bound Canada will be hosting the first edition of Hit the Bricks (/ontario/fundraising-event-hit-the-bricks-outward-bound), an urban adventure race and festival at Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks. Twelve residents and staff members from Portage facilities in Québec and New Brunswick will be... [>>]
April 21 to 27 is volunteer week, and the entire Portage team would like to recognise and thank all of our volunteers (/volunteering-substance-abuse-rehabilitation) across Canada, for their devotion to Portage and for all that they to do help Portage provide substance abuse rehabilitation services to people in need.
Volunteers are an integral part of Portage. Without the support of i... [>>]
On April 17, 2013 Portage hosted a cocktail reception (/qc/quebec-fundraiser-reception) at the Complexe Jules-Dallaire, as part of its Rebuilding Lives capital campaign. Over a hundred businesspeople from the Québec City region were in attendance. Guests sampled a variety of wines from the Domaine Les Brome vineyard, which were accompanied by a gourmet menu designed by Chef Jonathan Jea... [>>]
On April 10, 2013 the entire Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) community came out for the third annual Portage Freedom Run, either as runners or walkers, time-keepers, or water-station attendants.
Residents and staff members had trained for thirteen weeks in preparation for the five-kilometre run around the property, and were coache... [>>]
Following the great success of 2011-2012, where Portage Saint-Malachie (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-saint-malachie-quebec)residents were able to help introduce two hundred salmon fry into the river that runs next to the rehabilitation centre, the girls’ community is once again working with the Etchemin River Safeguarding Group on a similar project.
They are currently raising the... [>>]
While on spring break from their studies at Portage Academy (/academy-school-programming), Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents enjoyed a week of cultural and recreational activities, including a ski trip to Apex Mountain and an outing to the Kelowna Ballet.
Residents had a great time on the mountain, and Portage would like ... [>>]
Montréal, April 8, 2013 – Montréal Mayor Michael Applebaum welcomed Portage’s President Peter A. Howlett for a special ceremony at City Hall today, to highlight the exceptional contribution that the Portage Program for Drug Dependencies has made to society over the past forty years.
Mr. Howlett was invited to sign Montréal’s Golden Book to commemorate t... [>>]
The youth in treatment at the Portage Keremeos substance abuse rehabilitation centre (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) go on frequent hikes around the property and in the mountains, to get some fresh air and exercise and to experience the therapeutic value of nature. When winter rolls around they don’t stop, they just have to dress for the elements and e... [>>]
The Portage BC drug addiction rehabilitation centre for youth in Keremeos gets regular visits from representatives from BC’s Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP). During these info sessions, residents learn about different careers in the skilled trades and some of them get ideas about what sort of job they would like to work towards when they finish their rehabilitation program.
Le 20 mars, une vingtaine d’hommes et de femmes d’affaires de la région de Québec ont participé à la 1re édition du Rendez-vous à la Bibliothèque. Cette soirée, organisée en partenariat avec Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, a permis d’amasser la somme de 10 000 $ pour le centre résidentiel pour adolesce... [>>]
Portage is celebrating Safety Awareness Week from March 25 to 29, 2013. Portage is constantly working to ensure the safety of its residents (/resident-safety-security), its employees, and the security of confidential information. The theme of Safety Awareness Week this year is "Safety: A collective responsibility.”
Directors will be speaking with employees and residents about ... [>>]
Though only four years old itself, the Keremeos addiction rehabilitation centre (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) for youth in BC celebrated Portage’s 40 year history on Metamorphosis Day, February 14, 2013. The centre was decked out in blue and white and a big banner hung in the cafeteria for the special day, the theme of which for this year was “... [>>]
The adolescent community at Portage Prévost (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-prevost-lac-echo-quebec)is very proud to welcome their new physical education instructor, Steve O’Brien. An Olympian and track and field champion, Steve visits the centre to provide an hour and a half of physical education every week to both the boys’ and the girls’ community, as part of the Regrou... [>>]
Cette année, plus de 250 usagers de différents centres de Portage au Québec se sont rassemblés au centre de Portage, à Prévost, pour les activités de la Fête de la Métamorphose et pour célébrer les 40 ans de Portage. Pendant la réunion du matin, quelques usagers ont témoigné (/temoignages)de ... [>>]
On February 27, 2013, Portage Elora (/ontario/index.html) and Portage Keremeos (/bc/index.html) joined the national Pink Shirt Day movement, focusing the day’s programming on combatting bullying.
Portage Keremeos residents and staff members shared their stories of being bullied, how it affected them, and what they are doing now to help prevent bullying at Portage. They watched... [>>]
On February 14, 2013, Portage Elora (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) residents and staff members marked Portage’s anniversary with a Metamorphosis Day Celebration in Ontario. To kick-start the day, facility director Gaetano DiFalco addressed the community to describe the history of Portage and to explain the meaning behind Metamorphosis Day.
A staff member shared... [>>]
The nurses from each of Portage's drug addiction rehabilitation centres (/addiction-rehabilitation-treatment) across Canada attended a big team meeting in Montréal recently. They discussed latest best practices and shared recent stories and challenges that they have experienced at their centres.
Soon after that meeting, Portage announced the appointment of Geneviève M... [>>]
Throughout the month of February, Portage Beaconsfield (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-beaconsfield-quebec) residents and staff members participated in several activities to mark Black History Month.
Two guest speakers, Michael Farkas and Irene Anthony, who are representatives for Black History Month education in Québec, came to the centre for a presentation and discussion with th... [>>]
On February 6, 2013 Matthew and Jill Standish and Doug and Nancy Chamberlain hosted an Awareness Evening in support of Portage Ontario. The evening event took place at Matthew and Jill Standish’s beautiful home in the west end of Toronto.
The Awareness Evening brought together over 40 guests including parents, educators, healthcare providers, and business professionals, to rais... [>>]
For those who have never experienced or witnessed the transformation that occurs while in addiction rehabilitation therapy, it may be difficult to wrap your head around what treatment at Portage is all about. This video seeks to give a general overview.
L’invité d’honneur à la Fête de la reconnaissance de Portage 2013, à Québec, était M. Claude Dubois, auteur, interprète, compositeur et gouverneur de Portage. La fille d’une intervenante de Portage a mené une entrevue avec M. Dubois, et son article a été publié dans le journal de l’école Mont... [>>]
Le 7 février dernier, Portage recevait de Monsieur Jean Gagnon, vice-président régional, Sud de Québec, de la Banque Nationale, un don de 50 000 $, dans le cadre de sa campagne de capitalisation 2011-2014 « Reconstruire des vies (/quebec/campagne-financement-region-quebec) ». Ce montant sera dédié au centre résidentiel pour adolescents &... [>>]
In the field of addiction treatment, the needs of clients are continually evolving. To manage the changing landscape, Portage has been adapting its service offering over the years and providing new training and development opportunities to its staff members in order to comply with best practices. Most recently, Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia... [>>]
Only a few short months away, it’s time to gear up for Toronto’s all-new adventure race and festival, in support of Portage Ontario’s substance abuse rehabilitation program (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) for youth. For an exciting team-building challenge, get your colleagues and friends together and come Hit the Bricks with us!
The inaugural Hit the Bricks Eve... [>>]
For those who have never been directly affected by substance abuse, it’s hard to understand the toll that it can take on an individual, a family, a community.
If you have ever witnessed the rehabilitation process that takes place at Portage, whether directly in your family, through your work, or from a graduate testimonial, you understand the transformative and restorative power of reh... [>>]
As Portage celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, we would like to take this opportunity to thank every member of the Portage family for supporting us and helping us along our path to sobriety over the past four decades.
Thousands of us have walked through Portage’s doors, hoping to change our lives and leave behind our darkest days that were consumed by drug abuse. Portage helped u... [>>]
For nearly twenty years, Father John has been volunteering with the youth in rehabilitation treatment (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) at Portage Elora. Known affectionately at the centre as FJ, Father John believes that it is his job to seek out what is remarkable about each of the youth in treatment, and help them to see the beauty and strength within themselves. At 82 years of ... [>>]
Portage is grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of Bell’s third annual Let’s Talk Day on February 12, 2013. The Let’s Talk campaign invites all Canadians to “start the conversation” about mental illness in order to fight the lingering stigma that keeps too many people from seeking the help they need.
On February 12, Bell will donate 5 cents for every ... [>>]
Helping thousands of people overcome substance abuse
Montréal, February 11, 2013 – A fortieth anniversary is a momentous occasion for any organisation, but forty years of helping people overcome substance abuse to once again become productive members of society is a real cause for celebration. This week, Portage is proud to be celebrating this contribution to society with current... [>>]
Les finissants du programme de réadaptation en toxicomanie (/quebec/adolescents-toxicomanes) pour adolescents au Québec expliquent comment Portage les a aidés à vaincre la toxicomanie.
The time period between a person's first contact with Portage and his or her actual admission to the program is critical. In order to maintain the client's motivation throughout the inevitable delays and necessary pre-admission tasks, Portage is seeking to establish Pre Care services at all of its centres.
Pre Care services, which are currently being experimented with at two Portag... [>>]
A recent study by Portage’s Research Department (/research-drug-addiction-therapy) demonstrates that a great majority of Portage Atlantic graduates are maintaining their sobriety and are successfully reintegrating back into their communities.
Portage Atlantic (/atlantic/index.html) surveyed 109 youth who departed the Cassidy Lake rehabilitation treatment centre (/atlantic/rehab... [>>]
The youth at Portage Elora have been making the most of the outdoors this winter, enjoying many ice skating, hiking, and cross country skiing outings. Those youth who are nearing the end of their residential treatment program (/ontario/rehabilitation-program-adolescents) also had the opportunity to go on a five day winter expedition - hiking, snowshoeing, and dogsledding in Algonquin Park with Out... [>>]
Portage’s Users’ Committee, made up of representatives from each of Portage’s rehabilitation centres in Québec (/qc/portage-quebec), works to continually improve the resident experience and is responsible for ensuring that residents are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
The Committee held its annual general meeting in December 2012, during which th... [>>]
What impacts the mental health and well-being of young people in your community? What do you think about substance use and support services for youth? What could be better? What's missing? – These were among the questions discussed when representatives from the McCreary Centre Society visited Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents a... [>>]
Portage Atlantic would like to thank the Nashwaaksis Lions Club, a long-time supporter of Portage, for its generous donation of $5,000. Pictured here is Carol Tracey, Portage Atlantic’s Director of Corporate Development, with Lions Winston Chase and Claire Hawkins.... [>>]
Every few months, the employees (/staff-rehabilitation-therapy) at each Portage centre vote to recognise one of their colleagues for their outstanding work and contribution to the organisation, the staff team, and the therapeutic community. This fall, Jeff Lakey was chosen by his colleagues at Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) as the Staff Mem... [>>]
Portage Atlantic would like to thank the Fredericton Community Foundation, a great supporter of Portage, for its generous donation of $2,000. Pictured here is Carol Tracey, Portage Atlantic’s Director of Corporate Development, and Tim Fox, Executive Director of the Fredericton Community Foundation.... [>>]
Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents attended a Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) presentation at the Keremeos high school. Many became quite emotional as they listened to the stories and watched the videos, which reminded them of close calls they have experienced and bad choices they have made. The Portage community debriefed when it got... [>>]
In 2011, the Bureau d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels agreed to fund a project at the Portage addiction rehabilitation centre in Québec City, specifically tailored to clients who had been physically or sexually abused. The purpose of the project was not only to provide better support for these clients but also to gain a better understanding of how this abuse has affected the... [>>]
Portage Atlantic welcomed the directors of Mental Health and Addiction from eight of New Brunswick’s Horizon Health anglophone regions to Cassidy Lake for a visit with the youth in treatment in November. Along with Portage Atlantic Chairman Dr. Russell King and several Portage staff members, Portage’s Executive Director, Peter Vamos explained how treatment at Portage is based on a Well... [>>]
When Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents pulled up their vegetable garden before the winter, staff members used the opportunity to discuss the parallels between gardening and recovery from drug addiction.
They talked about how when growing a garden, as with recovery, you can’t just plant the seeds and walk away. You need to... [>>]
Portage Keremeos (/bc/rehabilitation-treatment-program-adolescents-british-columbia) residents visited the White Lake Observatory with their art therapy teacher this fall. Built in a bowl surrounded by mountains, the observatory houses the largest radio telescopes in Canada. Residents got to meet the world-class scientists that spend their days sending out radio waves in to the atmosphere to m... [>>]
Since being accredited (/accreditation-canada) by Accreditation Canada in 2010, Portage has maintained its commitment to providing quality services to its clients and has continued to invest in its employees and the organisation. In June 2013, Accreditation Canada will be conducting follow-up visits to Portage’s centres. Portage staff members and board members have completed questionnaires a... [>>]
Portage’s Mother and Child Program (/qc/mother-child-drug-addiction-treatment-quebec) residents received complimentary tickets from IBM to attend Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco at the Bell Centre in December. The show stimulated the residents’ imaginations and gave them the chance to feel like children again. Portage is very grateful to IBM for its generosity.
The emplo... [>>]
On December 28, 2012, the Vancouver Sun published an editorial that examined the ‘not-in-my-backyard’ challenge that many rehabilitation organisations face when looking to establish a centre in a new location. It went on to praised the small town of Keremeos, BC as “an enlightened and open-minded community,” for the way in which it has embraced Portage’s addiction... [>>]
On November 26, Tracy Friars and her seven sisters hosted one of Saint John’s most popular fundraising concerts, dedicated this year the youth who are working to overcome their substance abuse issues at Portage Atlantic.
This first-class musical event sold out in thirty minutes when tickets went on sale in September. Accompanied by a spectacular ninety-voice choir directed by ... [>>]
With the financial support of the Regroupement Courant-Nord de Québec en Forme, Portage has been able to establish a three-part healthy lifestyle program for its adolescent community at Portage Prévost. Since last fall, the program has been teaching residents about physical fitness, healthy eating, and tobacco reduction. The project encourages the youth to take responsibility for the... [>>]
On Sunday October 14, 2012, over a hundred Portage residents and staff members got together for a mental health awareness walk through the streets of downtown Montréal, organised by several local mental health organisations and presided over by Ms. Margaret Trudeau.
Residents and staff members from Portage Beaconsfield (/qc/rehabilitation-centre-beaconsfield-quebec), Portage P... [>>]