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
Local RCMP members organized and took part in a fun ball hockey game vs. the male residents at the Portage Atlantic Lewis Fitness Centre at Cassidy Lake on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Portage Atlantic is grateful to the RCMP members for their involvement in the activity and as positive role models for the adolescents. The… Read more »
Visit from Pathways to Education, Saint John, NB, to the Portage Atlantic Centre at Cassidy Lake – May 2, 2018 Portage Atlantic greeted Harry Daley, Youth Advisor, and Austin Beddow, a student taking part in the Pathways to Education programming, who attended the male residents’ morning meeting followed by a tour of the facility…. Read more »
The New Brunswick Anglophone South School District (ASD-S) high school principals and support staff held a meeting on April 13, 2018, in the Boardroom of the Portage Atlantic centre at Cassidy Lake. Mrs. Zoë Watson, Superintendent, Anglophone School District – South (photo: back row, second from the left) took part in the meeting and introduced… 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
- Wayne Gamble
- Peter A. Howlett
- Ron Murray
- Roderick Nolan
- Pat Rogers
- Frank Wilson
- Brad Woodside
- Rod Wright