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
The Lions bring Holiday cheer to the Portage Atlantic residents at the Annual Christmas Party, on Sunday, December 9, 2018 As they do every year, the Lions District N-1 clubs hosted a Christmas Party for the youth at the Portage Atlantic’s Cassidy Lake rehabilitation centre. Santa and Mrs. Claus warmly greeted the adolescents in residence… Read more »
The Willie O’Ree Fundraising Dinner – Celebrating a Fredericton Legend – was held at the Fredericton Inn on September 21, 2018. The event was sponsored by the Lions Nashwaaksis Club and raised $75,300 in support of Portage Atlantic. The fundraising dinner was a celebration of Mr. Willie O’Ree’s achievements in the sport of hockey as… Read more »
On September 16, 2018, Portage Atlantic paid tribute to 25 youth who completed the residential phase of their rehabilitation treatment program, and 11 who have maintained a positive lifestyle since they graduated a year ago. These new graduates have come a long way and now have the tools and confidence to live a positive lifestyle… 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