Cassidy Way

2020-11-6

July 2010 marked the launch of the Stride for Success Fundraiser with T4G’s Future Focus Foundation. The fundraiser culminated with the construction of the Recovery Trail at the Cassidy Lake site.  The trail system, which features a cabin, a large fire pit, a large platform by the water, a 3.8 km path and more, has been… Read more »

Pedal for Portage 2020: A Huge Success!

2020-11-6

Portage Ontario hosted its third annual Pedal for Portage fundraiser this fall to raise funds for Portage’s residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre in Elora, Ontario. To date, the event has raised over $180,000, which helps teens between the ages of 14 and 18 find freedom from addiction. In previous years, cyclists and volunteers of all… Read more »

Music Soothes the Soul

2020-11-4

It is a well-known fact that music is an effective therapy that allows a person to escape, open up, heal, and find themself. At the Lac Écho Portage Drug Rehabilitation Centre (Prévost), residents have access to an incredible music studio largely funded by the Simple Plan Foundation. An Integrated Music Program In addition to struggling… Read more »

Portage Atlantic Staff of The Year – Brett Gibson

2020-10-2

The knowledge, dedication and commitment of Cassidy Lake’s multi-disciplinary staff team of teachers, clinicians, nurses and paraprofessionals, is one of Portage Atlantic’s strongest assets.  Every year, members of the staff team select one of their colleagues for the Portage Atlantic Staff of the Year Award, based on their work ethic and character.   This year’s recipient… Read more »

The Users Committee of Montreal is Recruiting!

2020-09-21

The Users Committee of Montreal is recruiting amongst members of its support services within Portage’s entourage! Portage’s Users Committee of Montreal is seeking new members among participants of Portage’s family and friends support services who are interested in joining the committee and bringing their own experience. In order to gain an overall global view of… Read more »

Portage’s 2020 Virtual Olympics

2020-09-9

For over 20 years, Portage has hosted around 100 residents from New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario for its annual summer Olympics in Saint-Malachie. This gathering is an opportunity for these youth to come together and share their stories and rehabilitation treatment experiences, all while getting exercise and working as a team. They compete in various… Read more »

Counsellors at the MICA Centre Share Quarantine With New Female Residents

2020-06-17

Three counsellors from the Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) program for women shared their daily life with two new female residents who were quarantined due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The counsellors accompanied the residents as they embarked on their rehabilitation program while remaining in their supervised apartment for the duration of the quarantine period. Further… Read more »

Philanthropy: Dan Martell Helps Portage Atlantic During the Pandemic

2020-05-20

On April 12, 2020, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping through Canada, Portage Atlantic received a $10,000 donation from long-time supporter Dan Martell and his family. This generous donation helps maintain admission services for youth struggling with substance dependencies in the Atlantic provinces. A former resident of the Portage rehabilitation centre for youth… Read more »

Quarantine Induction at Cassidy Lake

2020-05-20

As the COVID-19 continues to progress worldwide, Portage Atlantic similarly continues to adjust its programs to provide a safe and healthy environment for its residents and staff. Acting swiftly to ensure the well-being and a sense of normalcy, mobile bunker houses were acquired and set up at a safe distance from the main residential community…. Read more »

School and Rehabilitation: Portage Adapts to Confinement Measures

2020-05-20

On-site schooling is an integral part of the youth program at Portage’s rehabilitation centres across Canada.  Because of the COVID-19 crisis, schools everywhere have been forced to close and Portage has made every effort to ensure its young residents can pursue their studies despite the closures. COVID-19 and Schooling The Coronavirus pandemic that hit Canada… Read more »