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 »

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 »

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 »

Saint John Fundraising Event


A unique fundraising event in the form of a three-course take-out dinner was held on October 7, 2021 at the Lily Lake Pavilion restaurant in Saint John. The organizing committee included the main sponsors, the United Commercial Travellers (UCT) Jack Kidd Council #755, comprised of members Wes Cosman, Tom Davidson and John Eisner. They, along… Read more »

The Portage Mobile


Have you seen this vehicle? For over 38 years, Nashwaaksis Lion, Bill Scott has featured many decals on his vehicles with a purpose of reaching vulnerable youth. The decals project started with his Aerostar Van in 1983 with the Lion’s “Try Hugs not Drugs” campaign. In 1997, Bill began featuring PORTAGE logos on his vehicles… Read more »

Annual Reconition Ceremony


A beautiful day for the Annual Portage Atlantic Reconition ceremony at Cassidy Lake today. 19 youth were recognized for their courage and determination to have taken the steps towards a life without subtance abuse. Photo: Mom, Roberta (middle) and her son Daniel, a 2018 Portage Atlantic graduate were on hand to relay messages of hope… Read more »

Enhancement of the Recovery Trail


A wonderful visit on the Recovery Trail by Garth and Carol Christie. Portage Atlantic is very appreciative of their generous contribution for the enhancement of the Recovery Trail. Today we inaugurated a portion of the trail; Cassidy Way in memory of the Estate of Murray and Marie Cassidy.