Montréal, October 16, 2011 – This afternoon, 230 men, women, and adolescents celebrated their victory over substance abuse at Portage’s Recognition Ceremony, held at Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve. Among family and friends, they celebrated their journey at one of the Portage substance abuse treatment centres in the greater Montréal region, and their new beginning, free of drugs.
The Recognition Ceremony was attended by Geoffrey Kelley, Member for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Jeff Stinco, representing the Simple Plan Foundation, Portage’s President, Peter A. Howlett, Portage’s Executive Director, Peter Vamos, Portage staff members, graduates, and their families.
Peter Howlett applauded the efforts of the graduates: “You are a source of inspiration to those who follow in your footsteps, and to all of us here today. You are are very deserving of all the recognition you are receiving,” he said, in his message to the graduates.
Jeff Stinco declared: ‘’I am proud to be here today, representing the Simple Plan Foundation, an enthousiastic supporter of Portage, more specifically its MICA rehabilitation program for people with mental illness.’’
Katrine Desjardins, a graduate of the adolescent program in Prévost explained that her experience at Portage inspired her to go to CEGEP and to study Specialised Education, a field in which she hopes to work in the future. “I realised that is is possible to overcome substance abuse and I would like to help others to do the same,” declared Ms. Desjardins.