MONTREAL, June 22, 2011: Yesterday, the Portage rehabilitation centre for adolescents in Beaconsfield celebrated the high school graduation of seven of its students and the completion of adult continuing education of one at Portage Academy, the on-site educational program. The success of these graduates is due in large part to the committed collaboration between Portage and the Lester B. Pearson School Board and the dedication of the teachers at Portage Academy.
‘’This is a unique partnership and the Lester B. Pearson school Board is proud to be affiliated with a program like Portage. ‘’said Dr. Christopher Fuzessy, Director of Student Services at Lester B. Pearson School Board. “I would like to commend the teaching staff, as well as the Portage staff for their ongoing commitment to the youth we serve.”
One hundred and forty guests were in attendance at the graduation ceremony, including Beaconsfield Mayor David Pollock, City Councillor Roy Baird, Carola Harvey, Special Assistant to FederalMP Francis Scarpallegia, Dr. Christopher Fuzessy, Director of Student Services at Lester B. Pearson School Board, Jason Ferris, Principal of the Alternative Network, Robyn Dalton of the Roasters Foundation, Robert Del Papa, MUC Police Community Liaison, George Bolanis, West Island McDonald’s Restaurant, as well as social workers from Batshaw and members of the Portage family.
The Portage Academy facility has three classrooms where students are taught at their own level. Classes are attended five days a week, offering all subjects required for high school credit completion and graduation.
“We are extremely proud of our residents who not only worked on their substance abuse issues, but managed to go to school and graduate while doing their treatment program ,” said Allan Farkas, Director of Portage Beaconsfield. “We would like to thank all who have helped in the success of these kids graduating today and look forward to continuing to work with the Lester B. Pearson School Board.”
The Portage Beaconsfield adolescent program is designed for up to thirty-two anglophone youth between the ages of 14 and18. The centre has recognised graduates and high achievers every year since the site was first established in January 2001.
Portage is a non-profit organisation and a leading North American addiction treatment provider that has been helping people overcome their substance abuse issues for over 38 years. It operates seven drug addiction treatment centres across Québec: in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the Laurentians) and Saint-Malachie. Three other centres serve adolescent populations in Ontario, Atlantic Canada, and British Columbia.