Portage Atlantic, a non-profit organisation established in 1995, operates a residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for Atlantic Canada youth (14-21) in New Brunswick.
In the therapeutic community environment, residents work through the underlying issues that caused their substance abuse and develop a set of social competencies that will help them deal with the challenges of everyday life without resorting to drug abuse.
“During my time at Portage, I have learned a lot about myself and about the issues that led to my drug use in the first place. Portage has provided me with the opportunity to get my life on track and re-connect with my family. Without Portage I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I have a sound mind, I am healthy and happier then I have been in a very long time. I can never thank Portage enough for all they have done for my family and I.”
"Addiction for me, for everyone really, is a monster. It took me somewhere in life I never wanted to go. It was dark, depressing, and horrible. I'll never forget what Portage did for my life, it saved me."
“I had nothing before I went to Portage and today I have contentment. It may not seem like a lot, but for someone who lived in total hopelessness and misery for years, to wake up happy is a big thing.”
"At Portage I rebuilt my self esteem, learned to love myself and the simple things in life. Everything I have today is due to the help from the staff and my peers here at Portage. I have relearned who I am, and in the process, gained friends who will last a lifetime."
Portage Atlantic News
Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Portage Atlantic youth, as part of the District N-1 Lions Annual Christmas event. Santa and Mrs. Claus took time out of their busy schedule to visit the Portage youth at Cassidy Lake on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Members of the various Lions clubs from New Brunswick and Prince- Edward Island,… Read more »
A donation of $75,000 was recently presented to Portage Atlantic as a result of the fundraising event honouring the former mayor of Fredericton, NB. The Fredericton community paid tribute to Brad Woodside, the longest serving Fredericton mayor, and a long-time friend and director of the Portage Atlantic Board. Some 500 persons attended the memorable evening… Read more »
At this year’s ceremony, last October 22nd, 31 youth were recognized for having completed various stages of the residential and aftercare components of the Portage program. Referring to the Recognition theme, “You Didn’t Come This Far… To Not Go Even Further”, words of encouragement and hope were delivered by guest speakers, including the Honourable… Read more »
Portage Atlantic Board
The Portage Atlantic Board is chaired by Dr. Russell King, a family doctor in Fredericton and former New Brunswick Health Minister in the McKenna government. The Board is made up of dedicated volunteers who are involved in their local communities and who ensure the proper governance of Portage activities in Atlantic Canada.
- Dr. Russell King, Chair
- Jill Durepos
- Dave Emmerson
- Ron Evans
- David Ferguson
- Erin Flood
- Dr. Dennis Furlong
- Wayne Gamble
- Peter A. Howlett
- Ron Murray
- Pat Rogers
- Roderick Nolan
- Pat Rogers
- Frank Wilson
- Brad Woodside
- Rod Wright