Hampton, September 30, 2012 – Portage Atlantic hosted its sixteenth Annual “Recognition Day” on Sunday, September 30th, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Hampton High School.
Recognition Day has special meaning to youth and families who have been supported by the Portage Program at Cassidy Lake. At this year’s ceremony, 43 youth from across Atlantic Canada were recognised for having completed the various stages of the residential and the aftercare programs.
Much emphasis is placed on education at Portage and educational milestones were recognised during the ceremony. Of the youth who were recognised on Sunday, many are currently enrolled in post-secondary institutions and several have been awarded bursaries.
Russell H.T. King, Chairman of Portage Atlantic, was pleased to introduce Mr. Dan Martell, a Portage Atlantic graduate, as the special guest speaker for the event. Mr. Martell is a Moncton-born entrepreneur, investor, and public mentor, now based in the Silicon Valley. He delivered an inspiring message to the graduates and the guests about overcoming obstacles to achieve success.
Portage Atlantic’s facility at Cassidy Lake provides a bilingual residential drug rehab program for Atlantic Canada youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with serious substance abuse problems. Treatment is based on the therapeutic community model which, through positive peer support and role modelling, helps youth increase self-esteem by developing coping mechanisms and transferable skills.
The 2012 Portage Atlantic Recognition was supported by the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project.
Pictured above, from left to right: Ron Evans, Portage
Atlantic board member, Dan Martell, Portage graduate and guest speaker,
Andrew, Portage graduate, and Russell King, Portage Atlantic Chairman.