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Read about what's going on at the Portage substance abuse rehabilitation centres and employment reintegration centres in Atlantic Canada.

Celebrating the Value of Volunteering


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 »

A Heartfelt Donation to Portage Atlantic

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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 »

A Dream Come True


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 »

Invite to Portage Atlantic female residents from Community Group

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On March 19, 2018, Portage Atlantic female residents, accompanied by social worker, Melanie Steeves, were invited to a speaking engagement and dinner organized by the Sussex Women’s Network. The girls who attended shared their touching personal stories and Melanie described aspects of the distinct phases of the Portage residential rehabilitation treatment program, as well as… Read more »

Some words on Dr. Dennis Furlong (1945-2018)

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Dr. Dennis Furlong was a man of great achievements all cloaked in profound humility. He was a ‘’straight up’’, ordinary man of extraordinary intellect and devotion to the common good. There are many material temptations for a doctor of Dennis’ aptitude; he succumbed to none. His spirit to achieve was pervasive; as an athlete, a… Read more »

Portage Atlantic Cassidy Lake Centre celebrates Metamorphosis Day


On February 14, 2018, Portage Atlantic youth and staff gathered in the onsite theatre. Kathie Rodger, the director, expressed that the Metamorphosis Day celebration relates to the transformation that residents undergo while in therapy. She is proud of each youth who made the decision to come to Portage Atlantic to overcome their dependencies. Her message… Read more »

The Fredericton Golden Club makes a donation to Portage Atlantic


On January 24, 2018, Portage Atlantic made a presentation to the members of the Fredericton Golden Club at their weekly meeting. Carol Tracey, Director of Development, Portage Atlantic provided information on how the Portage Atlantic residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for youth was established at Cassidy Lake back in 1996, and how it evolved during… Read more »

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Portage Atlantic


Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Portage Atlantic youth, as part of the District N-1 Lions Annual Christmas event. Santa and Mrs. Claus took time out of their busy schedule to visit the Portage youth at Cassidy Lake on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Members of the various Lions clubs from New Brunswick and Prince- Edward Island,… Read more »

A donation of $75,000 from The Fredericton Women’s Executive


A donation of $75,000 was recently presented to Portage Atlantic as a result of the fundraising event honouring the former mayor of Fredericton, NB. The Fredericton community paid tribute to Brad Woodside, the longest serving Fredericton mayor, and a long-time friend and director of the Portage Atlantic Board. Some 500 persons attended the memorable evening… Read more »

Portage Atlantic hosted its annual Recognition Ceremony on Sunday


At this year’s ceremony, last October 22nd, 31 youth were recognized for having completed various stages of the residential and aftercare components of the Portage program.   Referring to the Recognition theme, “You Didn’t Come This Far… To Not Go Even Further”, words of encouragement and hope were delivered by guest speakers, including the Honourable… Read more »