Montreal, September 24, 2009 – On September 24th more than 500 guests gathered in the Salle des pas perdus of Windsor Station to express their esteem, respect and friendship for Raymond Royer, Outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar. The Tribute Evening to Raymond Royer was organized to honour his outstanding contribution to Portage and to the business community and well-being of our society.
The glittering event took place in the presence of Prime Minister of Québec Jean Charest under the honorary chairmanship of François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcontinental, and benefited from generous sponsors. Portage would like to thank its GOLD sponsors Bell Canada, Bombardier, Groupe Canam, Desjardins Group, Ogilvy Renault, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Power Corporation of Canada, Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, Saputo, and Transcontinental and its SILVER sponsors Fraser Milner Casgrain and National Bank Financial Group. As a result of the participation and contributions of companies and individuals who support Portage’s humanitarian mission, a cheque in the amount of $475,000 was presented to Portage.
Since 1970 Portage has treated over 34,000 substance abusers and their families with an outstanding record of success. Portage provides help for some of the most vulnerable members of the community: young people, the mentally ill chemical abusers, substance-abusing mothers and their children and pregnant addicts. Portage graduates can benefit from the services offered by the MIRE program (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) created in association with Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon.
Portage operates eight drug addiction treatment centres across Québec: in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the Laurentians) and Saint-Malachie (Chaudière-Appalaches). Two other centres serve Ontario and Atlantic Canada.