Portage Atlantic Staff at recognition ceremony


Since 1996, some 2,000 youth have walked through the doors at Portage Atlantic’s drug addiction rehabilitation centre with the goal of turning their lives around. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Portage Atlantic has been reaching out to those whose lives have been touched by Portage over the past two decades, and helping them to tell their stories.

The inspiring stories and sentiments of several graduates have been featured in recent news articles, and those of collaborators, volunteers, and personnel have been posted on Portage Atlantic’s social media pages.

Recent news articles:

Miranda’s Story: Shubenacadie teen shares experience at drug rehab centre
Amanda’s Story: Portage Atlantic celebrates 20 years of helping teens overcome addiction
Nick’s Story: Recovering addict delivers stark warning on dangers of prescription drugs

Recent reflection:

“The Portage Atlantic program is built and sustained on the never ending hard work of the Board of Directors, the staff team, supporters, volunteers; both past and present, in addition to graduates, current residents, and their families. Their contribution makes Portage Atlantic a vibrant and integral resource for the young people of the Atlantic provinces.” – Kathie Rodger, Portage Atlantic Facility Director

Others can be viewed on Portage Atlantic’s Twitter page.

The 20th anniversary celebration has been highlighted at Portage Atlantic events over the past few months and will culminate at the 2016 Recognition Ceremony on October 2, where this year’s graduates of the youth drug addiction rehabilitation program will be honoured.

In addition to the incredible personal transformations that have taken place over the past 20 years, the physical transformation of the 165 acre site at Cassidy Lake has also been significant. It all started with one main building with numerous trailers being added over the years to address the increasing numbers of youth seeking residential rehabilitation. The site now has an impressive main building, a girls dorm, and a boys dorm. The Recovery Trail, an all season 3.8 km path through the woods, was also developed to add a much needed outdoor component to the program. Capital Campaign members are now concentrating on the site’s latest project, the construction of the new Lewis Fitness Centre.

Portage Atlantic is extremely grateful to the community, which consistently lends its support and recognises the important role that Portage plays in Atlantic Canada. Thank you to Portage Atlantic staff members, board members, partners, and donors who have supported Atlantic youth in need on their journey to sobriety over the past two decades.