Portage Ontario, a non-profit organisation established in 1985, operates a residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for youth in Elora, Ontario.
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. They develop the self-esteem and confidence to go on to lead healthy, productive, drug-free lives.
The Portage Elora treatment centre serves Ontario youth referred by parents, schools, family physicians, hospitals, other addiction-treatment and youth-serving agencies, as well as Youth Justice and the Children's Aid Society.
Portage Ontario News
I sat in the waiting room looking at the walls and at the buzz of activity around me. The big sign on the wall read “Portage Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre”. Beside it, was a catchy poster titled RE AWAKEN your dreams. A young guy sat at the far end with two people who I assumed… Read more »
On February 14, 1973, Portage’s first drug addiction rehabilitation centre, located in Prévost, Québec, opened its doors to a small group of adults who wanted to overcome their drug addiction issues and take back control of their lives. Since then, Portage has expanded its drug rehab services, opening other centres in Ontario, New Brunswick, Québec… Read more »
Addiction and mental health issues are becoming increasingly intertwined, necessitating collaboration between experts in both fields. Portage recently met with the Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) to discuss how each could help the other to carry out its mission. Representatives from PFC, a charity that focuses on mental illness in children, sat down with Portage’s… Read more »
Portage Ontario Board
The Portage Ontario Board of Directors is chaired by Harriet Stairs. 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 Ontario.
- Harriet Stairs, Chair
- Peter Howlett, President of Portage
- Clarke Addison
- Alice Adelkind
- Richard Bowden
- Peter Caven
- Piera Morra
- Michael Mundy
- Eric Nachman
- Gabriel Nachman
- Todd Nishimura
- Peter O'Brien
- Colin Stairs
- Mary Usher-Jones