Moncton – October 30, 2006 – Local volunteers with the not-for-profit organisation Portage Atlantic are optimistic they will reach the Greater Moncton area goal of $250,000, part of an Atlantic campaign aimed at upgrading a facility that helps youth overcome drug and alcohol addictions.
Luigi Rocca, Vice-President, RBC Dominion Securities, and Marie-Claude Blais, a lawyer with LeBlanc Boudreau Maillet, have agreed to serve as Moncton co-chairs for the Making Miracles Happen capital campaign
Mr. Rocca says he is confident citizens in the area will support the vital fundraising effort. The funds raised will be used to improve and expand Portage Atlantic’s residential treatment facility for youth, aged 14 to 21, at Cassidy Lake, near Sussex.
“The facility just can’t meet the demands,” Mr. Rocca said. “Temporary trailers are being used and urgently need to be replaced by permanent structures. The work will provide proper sleeping, dining, recreational and learning facilities for clients.”
Portage, an internationally recognised charitable organisation, offers a variety of services, including the Cassidy Lake treatment centre. Approximately 1,000 youth from the four Atlantic Provinces have received treatment at the facility since it opened in 1996. About 300 of those youth have come from Moncton and surrounding areas.
Ms. Blais said improvements made possible by the fundraising campaign would ensure the future of the youth treatment program.
“Alcohol and drug addiction touches people from all walks of life,” she said. “The program offered by Portage Atlantic is unique to our region and so worthwhile. It’s essential that the necessary work be done to ensure that this program can continue.”
The firm Architects Four Limited of Moncton has been retained to develop an overall site plan and complete construction details for the design of a new building.
The Moncton goal of $250,000 is part of a $1.25-million fundraising campaign launched last week by Portage Atlantic officials in Fredericton. Among the other local volunteers involved in the Moncton Making Miracles Happen campaign are Larry Nelson, David Holt, David Hawkins, Denis Losier, Aldéa Landry, Kurt Inder, Serge Langis, Brian Baxter, Ronald J. LeBlanc.
The Portage program is based on the therapeutic community model, which places emphasis on self-help, positive peer influence and a family-like environment. The goal of the program is to develop responsible individuals who have respect for themselves and others. Treatment is voluntary.
Portage, which was founded in Montreal in the early 1970s, has treatment centres in New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario. On average, the residential program at Cassidy Lake lasts six months during which residents live in an enriched and structured environment supported by highly experienced staff. Portage offers a continuum of care, providing constant support for residents and their families from pre-admission until after graduation.
Those wishing to contribute to the campaign can send donations to: Portage Atlantic Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 1041, Station A, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5C2 or phone (506) 459-1284.