Cassidy Lake - Portage Atlantic - Summer


Sydney, Nova Scotia – June 7, 2016. Portage Atlantic hosted a Community Breakfast on on Tuesday, June 7, at the Grand Lake Road Emergency Services Centre. Portage Atlantic staff presented information on programs and services offered to youth at risk from the Atlantic Provinces. A testimonial was given by a Portage Atlantic graduate, who described struggles with addiction and personal transformation since seeking help at Portage. “Portage Atlantic was a starting point for the best days of my life. The staff and residents made some of the hardest things to overcome, a little easier with their support. For that I will always be thankful,” said Portage Graduate, Miranda Mullin.

An engaged and diverse group of community members came out for this breakfast to discuss the topic of substance dependency among our youth and to learn more about the Portage program. The breakfast ended with a Q&A period, allowing guests to provide feedback and ask questions.

About Portage Atlantic
Portage Atlantic’s Cassidy Lake facility is a long-term residential treatment centre for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with substance abuse problems. The bilingual youth program is based on the therapeutic community model, which, through positive peer pressure and role modeling, helps youth increase their self-esteem by learning positive coping mechanisms and transferable skills. Residents complete the 5-phase program within an average of 4-6 months, during which time they continue to work on their education. Portage Atlantic is a recognized alternative school under the New Brunswick Department of Education as well as being a fully accredited addictions rehabilitation program with Accreditation Canada.

Some 2000 Atlantic Canadian youth and their families have been supported by the Portage program at Cassidy Lake since 1996.

Through a series of Community Breakfasts, Portage Atlantic hopes to build positive working relationships and increase awareness of the program.
For more information:
Carol Tracey
Director of Development
Phone: (506) 459-1284