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12-09-2014

Lions Club Members’ Annual Christmas Celebration

Cassidy Lake, NB, December 8, 2014 – Over the Holidays, young people in residential treatment at Portage Atlantic have a lot to look forward to in the New Year as they undertake to regain control of their lives and rid themselves of their dependencies, work on their relationships with their loved ones, and become active and contributing members of society.

The staff at Portage Atlantic’s rehabilitation centre do their best to make the Holidays special for the residents. The most eagerly awaited event of the season is the Annual Lions Christmas Party, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of December. This year, more than 50 District N1 (NB and PEI) Lions and their families gathered at Cassidy Lake on December 7 to take part in this longtime tradition. Santa and his Elves were on hand to distribute gifts they handpicked for each individual youth in treatment. For some, it was the first gift they have ever received. For all, it was a joyful and memorable celebration.

Portage Atlantic resident David Godin said that is was a wonderful day. “The Lions took their time to find what it was we (residents) asked for on our wishlist. I appreciate everything from this day and I feel so grateful for the gifts, thank you” he said. Resident Courtney Ward was equally grateful stating that this celebration was the most memorable Christmas yet and that she was thankful for everything that had been done and for everyone who played a part.

“The District N-1 Lions Portage Christmas celebration is one of the projects that our Lions from all over New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island enthusiastically support”, said Lion Rod Wright, District N-1 Drug Awareness Chair. “Our motto is “WE SERVE” and being part of this day the Lions leave with a sense of what it truly means to SERVE and to give back to our communities. These young people are working very hard to turn their lives around. The Lions know this is not easy, and they so much appreciate being a small part of the transformation, and bringing a smile to the faces of the residents. “

Portage Atlantic is grateful for the long-standing support of the Lions Club and for their generous donation of Christmas gifts to residents over the years.
 
Pictured on the left; Lion Bev Sangster and Lion Rod Wright holding a card the female residents made for the Lions.
 
Pictured on the right; PEI Lion, Keith Doiron, Courtney Ward, Santa, David Godin and Lion Rod Wright.