Beaconsfield, December 10th, 2009 – Portage Beaconsfield Director, Allan Farkas, received a $1,425 donation from Commandant Marc St-Cyr and Community Relations Officer Robert Del Papa of the PDQ 1 of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). The police have been great supporters of Portage for many years, but it is the first time that they have raised money to buy gifts for the residents for the Holiday Season.
In past years, police officers would bring sports equipment and other useful goods for the Portage residents. The money raised this year will be used to buy winter clothing (hats, gloves, coats) for the residents, board games as well as a flat screen television for the community. “We are extremely thankful to Mr. St-Cyr and Mr. Del Papa for their commitment and their renewed support to Portage. We benefit tremendously from their involvement”, mentioned the Director.
This gift is but an example of the association between Portage and PDQ 1 of the SPVM. Past activities have included residents assisting in fundraising events such as car washes in the local area or handing out water at the West Island Marathon.
“Our ongoing relationship with the West Island police is wonderful for our residents. It contributes to the development of trust between our residents and the police, and it is also a great confidence building experience for our youth. We are very fortunate to have them as partners”, concluded Mr. Farkas.
Portage is a non-profit organisation dedicated to support people suffering from substance abuse-related problems to overcome their dependencies and to live healthy, happy and productive lives. With services in Québec, New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia, Portage represents one of the major rehabilitation programs in Canada. Due to the application of therapeutic community best practices, Portage helps users develop self-esteem, confidence and the competencies they need to solve their problems.