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
In honour of National Volunteer Week 2018 (April 15-21), Portage Atlantic recognized the contributions of its dedicated volunteers in a celebration held at the Cassidy Lake centre on April 17, 2018. Portage Atlantic Clinical Counsellor and Master of Ceremony, Monique Cormier, welcomed the volunteers, youth and staff members to the celebration. She highlighted: “As we… Read more »
In memory of his wife, the late Patricia Mercer, the Sussex Club Lion Chester Mercer was proud to donate one of her paintings, accompanied by a monetary donation dedicated to the purchase of arts supplies, to the Portage Atlantic youth residential rehabilitation treatment centre at Cassidy Lake. Patricia Mercer was one of the founders of… Read more »
On March 27, 2018, Portage Atlantic Board members were on hand at the Nashwaaksis Lions Club meeting and presented a commemorative plaque to the Club members in honour of “A DREAM” come true. The desire to help occurred during his years of volunteering as a hockey coach, when Lion Ronald Evans was made aware that… 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