Hope Restored: NB Trauma Conference


Members of the Portage Mother and Child Program in Montreal were honored to participate in the “Hope Restored” NB Trauma Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick. An event dedicated to reshaping care through a trauma-informed lens. The conference’s aim to foster resilience and empowerment in care was vividly brought to life by Sophie, a courageous mother… Read more »

Your Community Garden at Cassidy Lake


Portage Atlantic & District N1 Lions Project   About Portage Atlantic The residential bilingual programs and services offered at Portage have helped thousands of Atlantic youths overcome their dependencies and live healthy, happy, and productive lives. Since its inception in 1996, Portage Atlantic has evolved in leaps and bounds from its programming to the actual… Read more »

Visit from the Winsloe Lions Club from PEI


Portage Atlantic had the honor of hosting a visit from the esteemed Winsloe Lions Club from Prince Edward Island last week. The visit proved to be a heartwarming occasion as the Lions Club presented a generous donation to help fulfill the WishList needs of our youth. We extend heartfelt thanks to the Winsloe Lions Club… Read more »

Department of Public Safety’s visit to Cassidy Lake


Portage Atlantic was happy to welcome visitors from the Department of Public Safety for a visit to the center on May, 3rd. They had an extensive tour of the facility, followed by their attendance in two group meetings and lunch with the residents. They also attended a Q&A session with our Intake Counsellor, Amber Parlee… Read more »

Ministers Visit to Cassidy Lake


Portage Atlantic at Cassidy Lake had the pleasure of welcoming Health Minister Bruce Fitch, Public Safety Minister Kris Austin and Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace ealier this year. They had the opportunity to visit the facility and speak with staff and residents during their visit. Related content Hope Restored: NB Trauma Conference Your… Read more »

National Volunteer Week


We celebrated some of the many wonderful volunteers that contribute to the success of Portage Atlantic. The celebration included heartfelt messages from youth, staff members and volunteers, delicious cake and a presentation of beautiful artwork created by one of the residents. It was a opportunity to host a gathering at the center while honoring the… Read more »

Dan Martell’s Amazing Story


“They did Portage” series continues with Dan’s amazing story. He struggled with substance abuse in his teenage years and ended up going through the Portage program at Cassidy Lake in New Brunswick. After finishing his program, he turned his life around and went on to become a successful entrepreneur, investor, author and business coach. His… Read more »

Luc’s Testimonial, Adult program, 1990


Luc, témoignage

“My name is Luc Desjardins and I am 59 years old. I attended the Lac Écho Adult Program in 1990. That’s more than 30 years ago now! By the time I started the program, I had absolutely no self-esteem or self-confidence left. I had become antisocial and had a serious problem with authority.  I just… Read more »

A Mother’s Testimonial


“I am honoured to be able to give back to such a wonderful and meaningful program like Portage, and that I have members of the Portage family that trust me to represent them by telling my story. This was something I couldn’t have imagined doing a few years ago but with the help of the… Read more »

Lunch with the Minister of Health at Cassidy Lake



This week, the Honorable Minister of Health, Mrs. Dorothy Shephard and Senior Health Officials Stéphane Bérubé and Annie Pellerin stopped by the center for lunch and a tour. It was so nice to welcome guests back to the center! Thank you Minister Shephard and team for the visit! From left to right: Director of Child… Read more »