(MONTREAL, June 20th, 2012) – The Portage Beaconsfield drug rehabilitation centre for adolescents celebrated the high school graduation of ten of its students yesterday from its on-site educational program, Portage Academy.
Helping youth get their education back on track is an important component of the Portage rehabilitation program. Academic programming at Portage Beaconsfield, provided in collaboration with the Lester B. Pearson School Board, is adapted to the needs of the residents, offering all subjects required for high school credit completion and graduation.
“This is a unique partnership and the Lester B. Pearson School Board is proud to be affiliated with a program like Portage,” said Dr. Christopher Fuzessy, Director of Student Services at Lester B. Pearson School Board. “I would like to commend the teaching staff and the clinical staff at Portage for their ongoing commitment to these young people.”
Over a hundred and forty guests were in attendance at the graduation ceremony, including Member for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, Beaconsfield Mayor, David Pollock, and City Councillor, Wade Staddon. They were joined by Dr. Christopher Fuzessy, Director of Student Services at Lester B. Pearson School Board, John Brennan, Director of Human Resources at Lester B. Pearson School Board, Grant Thomas, Principal of the Alternative Network, Roberto Del Papa, MUC Police Community Liaison, George Bolanis, West Island McDonald’s Restaurant, as well as social workers from Batshaw and members of the Portage family.
During the ceremony, Peter Howlett, President of Portage, handed out bursaries to the graduates on behalf of the Roaster’s Foundation. Carola Haney, Special Assistant to Francis Scarpaleggia, Federal MP and local MPP for Lac-Saint-Louis, handed our Parliamentary Certificates of Achievement.
“We are extremely proud of what these graduates have accomplished while in treatment,” said Allan Farkas, Director of Portage Beaconsfield. “We would like to thank all those who have helped in their success and look forward to continuing to work with the Lester B. Pearson School Board.”
The Portage Beaconsfield adolescent program welcomes up to thirty-two anglophone youth (14 to 18 years) with substance abuse problems. The centre has recognised high school graduates and high achievers every year since the site was first established in January 2001.
Portage is a non-profit organisation and a leading North American addiction treatment provider that has been helping people overcome their substance abuse issues for over 39 years. It operates seven drug addiction treatment centres across Québec: in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the Laurentians), and Saint-Malachie. Three other centres serve adolescent populations in Ontario, Atlantic Canada, and British Columbia.
Michelle and Matthew celebrate their high school graduation at Portage Beaconsfield