Saint-Malachie, May 28, 2012 – After nearly two years of construction, renovation, and improvements to the existing infrastructure, the expansion project at Portage Saint-Malachie has now been completed. Portage celebrated the official opening of the new facility today in the presence of Mme Dominique Vien, Member of the National Assembly for Bellechasse and Minister for Social Services, as well as partners, residents, and staff members.
The residential rehabilitation centre in Saint-Malachie is home to forty adolescent boys and girls between ages 14 and 18 who are struggling with substance abuse problems. The program is aimed at young people from eastern Québec, particularly the Québec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions.
“The expansion of the centre, a $3 million project, was necessary to meet the growing demand of the young people requiring our services,” said Mr. Serge Comeau, Director of Portage Saint-Malachie. “The new facility’s environment responds well to our needs as a rehabilitation centre.”
“Portage is proud to have been able to count on the support of many donors since its creation in 1973,” stated Mr. Peter Howlett, President of Portage. “Today, we wish to specifically highlight the commitment of Mr. Michel Dallaire, President and CEO, Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust. The confidence he has shown in Portage and our mission has made the completion of the Portage Saint-Malachie facility possible and, for this, we are eternally grateful to him.” Mr. Dallaire co-chairs Portage’s fundraising campaign in Québec City with Mr. Mario Cusson, President and Chief Operating Officer of L’Unique General Insurance.
“It gives me great pleasure to attend the official opening of the new Portage Saint-Malachie centre in my riding today,” stated Mme Dominique Vien, Member of the National Assembly for Bellechasse and Minister for Social Services. “We have been working with Portage to ensure that the renovation could be completed with as little inconvenience to the residents and the staff team as possible. I am proud to support Portage, an important partner in Québec’s health and social services network, internationally recognised for its expertise in the field of drug addiction. For the hundreds of young people admitted annually seeking to overcome their addiction issues, Portage Saint-Malachie represents a victory against substance abuse.”
From left to right: Serge Comeau, Director of Portage à Saint-Malachie, Mario Cusson, Co-Chair of Portage’s fundraising campaign in Québec City, Dyane Benoît, President and Acting Director of the Agence de la Santé et des services sociaux de Chaudière-Appalaches, Peter A. Howlett, President of Portage, Dominique Vien, Member of the National Assembly for Bellechasse and Minister for Social Services, Peter Vamos, Executive Director of Portage, Alban D’Amour, Portage governor, Colette Taylor, Senior Director of Development at Portage, Co-Chair of Portage’s fundraising campaign in Québec City.