In October 2006, Portage Atlantic’s Making Miracles Happen capital campaign was launched, seeking to resolve a critical need for improved accommodations and work spaces at Cassidy Lake. With the demand for drug addiction treatment services steadily increasing, Portage Atlantic desperately needed to move its classrooms, meeting rooms and dormitories out of its temporary trailers and into larger, more comfortable, and more productive spaces.
On Friday, June 18th, dignitaries, supporters, stakeholders, and volunteers gathered in the new treatment centre at Cassidy Lake for the Official Opening of the new buildings. The event started off in the main building’s theatre room with a musical performance by Jesse, a Portage Atlantic resident.
“Our new facility at Cassidy Lake is a major addition to Atlantic Canada,” said Portage Atlantic Chairman Russell King at the event. “This enormous achievement would not have been possible without our dedicated volunteers and the financial support from foundations, service clubs, businesses, banks, the federal and provincial governments, and from all the individuals who have reached out to support Portage Atlantic in this endeavour.” Dr. King’s message of appreciation was echoed by Peter Howlett, President of Portage, who cited the success of this fundraising campaign as yet another example of Portage being by, for, and of the community.
Federal Minister Keith Ashfield addressed the guests, along with Minister Rod Moore, Premier Shawn Graham, and several Portage Atlantic representatives. They each applauded Portage Atlantic’s supporters for coming together to make the Making Miracles Happen campaign such a success.
With the campus-style facility now in place, Portage Atlantic residents can undergo the rehabilitation process in a more therapeutic environment, which can better inspire and empower them to take on the difficult path towards Freedom from Addiction.
Portage Atlantic resident Liam McCarthy spoke to the guests, expressing his appreciation for the treatment that he is receiving at Portage. (Read his testimonial.) LINK
“I had no choice but to leave my surroundings back home with all the negative influences I had become accustomed to. I had to leave to be able to give myself a chance to become stronger and rebuild my self-worth, “ he said. “I find it incredible that you are all strangers to me yet you have faith in me that I can change, that I can get better. Your support means the world to me and my peers. Perhaps the best way I can thank you all is to say that, when I return home, I will be a productive member of my community.”
The modernisation of the Cassidy Lake site is a true miracle which would not have been possible without Portage Atlantic supporters.
News coverage of the event:
June 19, 2010 – Telegraph Journal
Portage now has a facility that matches its services: director
June 19, 2010 – Times & Transcript
June 19, 2010 – The Daily Gleaner
Portage Atlantic new digs officially open
News release for the event: