Cassidy Lake residents explore the importance of having passion in their lives with Canadian contemporary artist, Reg Noël
This spring, Moncton artist Reg Noël approached Portage Atlantic with a proposal to volunteer his time to conduct a collective art project with the residents of Cassidy Lake.
Using his trademark materials of copper and concrete, Noël worked with 39 youth from Portage Atlantic’s Cassidy Lake facility to create a contemporary art expression that now hangs proudly in the centre’s main entrance.
“The result,” writes Noël, “is an artistic expression representing the great things we can accomplish through cooperation and teamwork. It also represents Portage Atlantic’s commitment and dedication to helping its residents regain a healthy and productive lifestyle.”
Celebrating the staff at Portage
Portage is very proud of the quality of its personnel at the Portage centres across Canada, many of whom have been with the organisation for a long time. To celebrate and show appreciation for the dedication and hard work of its employees, Portage has recently established an Employee Recognition Program.
The program recognises staff members who have been carrying out the Portage mission for over five years, marking each five year anniversary with a commemorative pin. Those who have been with the organisation for over ten years also receive a small gift (and for every five year-mark that follows).
Employees are at the very heart of Portage’s mission, contributing immensely every day to the rehabilitation process of our residents.
The following five people, who have devoted over 25 years to Portage, are of particular note:
36 years of service
Unit Manager – External services
32 years of service
Accounting Clerk – Lac Écho
31 years of service
29 years of service
25 years of service
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Portage is accredited!
Portage is pleased to announce that its rehabilitation services are now accredited by Accreditation Canada. This recognition is the culmination of a process that started in 2007, which sought to obtain certification for the quality of services provided at Portage, the capabilities of its employees, and the managerial expertise of the organisation.
The four surveyors from Accreditation Canada who visited the participating Portage centres during the week of June 7-11, were especially struck by the dedication, involvement, and creativity of the staff. They noted Portage’s continuous quest for best practices and its approach based on the needs of residents and their families as among the organisation’s greatest strengths.
Portage is pleased to have participated in the accreditation process and is committed to maintaining the standards that have earned this certification, while continuously bettering its service in all areas.
The only Portage establishment to have yet to obtain accreditation is the centre in Keremeos, BC, which was not yet established when the accreditation process began. It will be accredited sometime next year.
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GAIN Program update
Portage is currently in the process of preparing for the implementation of the GAIN (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs) system for the assessment of all new residents. Staff training is moving along rapidly and the technical preparations are in process. The GAIN is an evidence-based assessment technique that has received widespread recognition. It will replace the IGT assessment, providing Portage with a more powerful tool for the initial establishment of each new resident’s treatment plan.
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Portage is committed to the evaluation of its programs and services in order to continuously improve its service offering. To validate the impact of Portage’s treatment approach, the Research Department coordinates program reviews, surveys, and research projects.
A formal research project was carried out from January 2003 to October 2008 on the adult and adolescent residents who spent more than fifteen days in therapy at Portage’s Lac Écho centre in Québec. It was performed under the direction of Dr. Serge Brochu and Louis-Georges Cournoyer of the Université de Montréal.
The research highlights are available:
Youth population at Lac Écho (January 2003-October 2008)
Adult population at Lac Écho (January 2003-October 2008)
The research demonstrates that:
• After treatment at Portage, there is a high rate of sustained sobriety – excellent results in a field where relapse is expected;
• After treatment at Portage, there is a significant reduction in the use of hard drugs;
• After treatment at Portage, clients can better contribute to and participate in the community, which leads to harm reduction and increased benefits for society;
• The longer the length of time in therapy, the greater the success.