Montréal, October 29, 2006 – Portage this afternoon paid tribute to 145 graduates of its various substance abuse treatment programs. The Recognition ceremony took place in Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts was attended by Portage President Peter A. Howlett and Executive Director Peter Vamos.
Mr. Vamos commended the efforts of the adults, adolescents and mothers who successfully completed their respective programs. “It’s always highly encouraging and deeply moving to see families reunited with members who have overcome their dependency and can now become participants in our community,” he said. “We’re proud of all our residents.”
In addition to Portage governors, families and friends, special guests included André Chagnon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, and Carmand Normand, Chairman and Chief Executive and Investment Officer of Addenda Capital Inc., who is chairing Portage’s 2006-2007 fundraising campaign.
This ceremony also provided an opportunity to highlight the work of the young Portage graduates who took part in the On Track project. It involved six youths producing a play and taking part in each stage of the creative process to help them apply, absorb and build the numerous skills learned in the Portage program aimed at finding employment or reintegrating the education system. They received a $1,500 bursary for their participation and determination in carrying out the project.
Since 1970 Portage has treated more than 30,000 substance abusers and their families, establishing an outstanding record of success. Portage provides help for some of the most vulnerable members of the community: young people, the mentally ill, substance-abusing mothers and pregnant women. Portage graduates can benefit from the services offered by the MIRE (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) a program created in association with Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon.
Portage operates six substance abuse treatment centres across Quebec: in Montreal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the Laurentians) and Saint-Damien-de-Buckland (Chaudière-Appalaches). Two others serve Ontario and New Brunswick adolescents and young adults.