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News from Portage's drug addiction rehabilitation and employment reintegration centres in Canada.

Lewis Fitness Centre: What Youth Have to Say

02-10-2020

The Lewis Fitness Weight and Cardio Room is proving to be a great benefit for the male and female communities. Rather than extrapolate the benefit of fitness activities, here is feedback from the youth themselves. “I love to get stuff out of my mind. It helps me to relax. It makes me feel motivated.” “I… Read more »

Personal Connections Build Portage Awareness

02-06-2020

On October 24, 2019, Portage Ontario hosted its first awareness event. Held at a restaurant in downtown Toronto, Mr. Michael Howlett, a Governor of Portage and past Board Chair of Portage Ontario, invited personal friends and acquaintances to join him. The intimate evening was an opportunity to introduce guests to Portage and the work it… Read more »

Pedal for Portage

02-06-2020

The 2nd annual Pedal for Portage cycling event in Elora took place on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Portage Ontario is grateful to all the cyclists and volunteers who took part and made the event such a success! It was wonderful to see so many past participants join us a second year. Thank you to all… Read more »

ROTARY OF GUELPH SOUTH BURSARY

02-06-2020

Portage Ontario was presented in January with a three-year grant from the Rotary of Guelph South in support of the Portage Ontario Bursary Awards Program. Created in 2018, the program provides youth who have completed Portage’s residential drug addiction rehabilitation program with a financial grant towards a recognized post-secondary education or towards a recognized career… Read more »

A Mural for the West Island Centre

02-03-2020

Young residents from the Lac Écho rehabilitation centre for Anglophone youth painted a mural for one of the classrooms at the West Island Centre in late December. Residents and teachers had the privilege of welcoming painter and muralist Yannick Picard who led the project.    Before the year-end holidays, teachers from the Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier schoolboard who… Read more »

Portage and Bell, a silver anniversary

01-24-2020

For over 25 years, Portage has relied on Bell Canada’s unwavering support in its fight against drug addiction.  Bell’s « Let’s Talk » initiative, launched 10 years ago, raises funds to improve mental health care in Canada. This year, the world’s biggest virtual conversation about mental health will take place on January 29, 2020.  Portage et Bell,… Read more »

Holiday Season Kick-off at Cassidy Lake

12-16-2019

A decorated tree, thoughtful gifts, Christmas music, sweets and enormous appreciation, makes the annual Lions event the perfect kick-off to the holiday season. Every first Sunday of December, the Lions from NB, PEI, NS and Maine drive to Cassidy Lake anxious to meet the youth and to finish decorating the Tree with a display of… Read more »

Drug and alcohol use responsible for 5% of hospital stays among young Canadians

12-16-2019

In September 2019, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) published its study on the hospitalization of youth aged 10 to 24. The study shows that one out of every twenty hospital stays in this age group is attributable to drug or alcohol use. Some Unsettling Facts Youth aged 10 to 24 are part of… Read more »

Open House Day to Partners for Saint-Malachie’s 20 years

11-05-2019

On Friday, November 1st 2019, an Open House Day for partners took place at Portage’s Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre for Adolescents in Saint-Malachie. This event, organized for the centre’s 20th anniversary, was an opportunity to invite Portage partners to a meeting with the young residents in order to understand the importance and scope of the… Read more »

A resounding success for the 16th edition of the Soirée des Grands Philanthropes!

11-04-2019

The 16th edition of the Soirée des Grands Philanthropes was held on September 26th in Montreal. A total of 700 guests were gathered to pay tribute to an exceptional man, Mr. Louis Audet, Executive Chairman of the Board of Cogeco. The Windsor Station’s Salle des pas perdus was transformed into an elegant, refined venue enhanced… Read more »