Helping thousands of people overcome substance abuse
Cassidy Lake, February 13, 2013 – A fortieth anniversary is a momentous occasion for any organisation, but forty years of helping people overcome substance abuse to once again become productive members of society is a real cause for celebration. This week, Portage centres across Canada are proud to be celebrating this contribution to society.
“We’re very proud of all that Portage has accomplished as it has grown and evolved over the past forty years,” states the president of Portage, Peter A. Howlett.
Portage Atlantic is highlighting the occasion with various activities and a discussion about the importance of this day and what it means for past, current, and future residents of Portage. “These celebrations echo the pride felt by youth, staff members, and volunteers, who have been involved with Portage Atlantic since the Cassidy Lake centre opened in 1996,” states Geordie Gould, director of Portage Atlantic. “As we highlight Portage’s 40th anniversary at Portage Atlantic, we celebrate how Portage has been turning people’s lives around for the past four decades.”
“Portage Atlantic has changed my life and helped me find myself,” says Amber Parlee, who graduated from Portage Atlantic in September of 2006. “I’m free from addiction now, have control over my life, and have good job.”
Since 1973, Portage has helped tens of thousands of people to overcome their substance abuse issues. It provides a variety of services tailored to the needs of its specific clienteles: adults, adolescents, mothers with young children and pregnant women, and people suffering from both drug addiction and mental illness. Portage operates seven substance abuse treatment centres in Québec, in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Prévost, Québec City, and Saint-Malachie. Two other establishments serve the adolescent populations of Ontario and Atlantic Canada.