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
At the beginning of September, Portage Academy students and teachers were back at school. 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,… Read more »
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a good day to remind you that if you or a loved one has a drug addiction problem, it’s important to reach out for help. We know that it’s hard to ask for help. It’s hard to admit that you have a problem. But it’s an essential first step… Read more »
Portage’s website has been redesigned with the youth, adults, and parents who need our services in mind. An array of videos and images are at the forefront of the experience, with programs and services explained simply and cohesively. A self-assessment questionnaire helps potential clients understand their needs. Graduate testimonials help encourage them that they too… 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