Montréal, June 22, 2009 – This evening, the Portage Beaconsfield adolescent program at The Portage Program for Drug Dependencies Inc. celebrates the high school graduation of nine of its students and the completion of adult continuing education of another 2. This is the result of committed collaboration with the Lester B. Pearson school board and the dedication of its teachers.
“We recognise that the path to success for many young people is often fraught with obstacles and detours. We congratulate our students who commit themselves to working on the many issues associated with personal challenges and who strive to improve their lives,” said Robert T. Mills, Director General of Lester B. Pearson School Board. “We congratulate our teachers and the staff at Portage for accompanying these young people on their journey.”
Expected in attendance at the event are Beaconsfield Mayor Bob Benedetti, Jacques-Cartier MNA, Geoff Kelly, Director of Lester B. Pearson school board, Carol Gray and members of the Portage family.
The onsite facility has three classrooms where students learn according to their own level. Classes are attended five days a week, meeting the requisite number of school hours. The program offers all subjects required for credit completion and graduation.
“We would like to thank every one involved in this important occasion,” said Allan Farkas, program director. “We look forward to continuing to work with Lester B. Pearson school board on drug prevention education.”
The West Island adolescent program is designed for up to 32 anglophone youth between the ages of 14-18. Portage partners with Batshaw Youth and Family Centres to provide these services. The site has been in operation since January 2001. Since then it has sought to recognise graduates and high achievers every year.
Portage, a not-for-profit organisation, is a leading North American addiction treatment provider with a 35-year history of successfully helping people with addictions. It operates eight drug addiction treatment centres across Québec: in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the Laurentians) and Saint-Damien-de-Buckland (Chaudière-Appalaches). Three other centres serve Ontario, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia.