Portage Beaconsfield is a member of Partners in Prevention, a network of organisations, coordinated by the Lester B. Pearson School Board, whose mission is to support parents in the prevention of addiction-related high-risk behaviours. For the past number of years, Partners in Prevention has held awareness evenings for grade six students and their parents during the month of April, to help them to initiate or continue discussions about drug and alcohol use and the choices that the children may face as they transition into high school.
Portage Beaconsfield has always played a supporting role in these awareness evenings, but this year, our residents were in the spotlight. The theme this year was Through the Voice of Teens… Stories of Hardship and Hope. Seven Portage adolescents, who are nearing the end of their residential drug rehab therapy, read poetry about their experiences with drugs and their journey to recovery.
The presentations were made on April 4 at Lindsay Place High School in Pointe Claire and on April 18 at LaSalle Community High School. At both events, the audience was mesmerised by the residents’ testimonials.
Partners in Prevention is made up of representatives from the Lester B. Pearson School Board, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University, the Montréal Police (SPVM), the RCMP Drug & Organized Crime Awareness Service, the West-Island YMCA, Risk Within Reason, and Portage Beaconsfield.