Portage Ontario staff members manned a booth at Toronto Recovery Day this past fall, providing information about its drug addiction rehabilitation centre for Ontario youth and making connections with other organisations working in the field.
Recovery Day is a pan-Canadian celebration of recovery from addiction, where individuals and organisations come together in different cities to build awareness, challenge social stigma and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of millions of Canadians.
More than twenty service providers had booths or were disseminating information at the Toronto event, the majority of which catered to adults over 18 years of age.
In addition to networking with these other service providers, Portage staff members also had the opportunity to speak with youth, parents, and other members of the general public who had either overcome their drug addiction issues or were interested in rehabilitation treatment for themselves or a loved one. One of the most exciting parts of the day was meeting a gentleman who had graduated from the Portage Elora treatment program twenty-six years ago, who was attending the event with his son.
Photo (from left): Portage Governor Alice Adelkind; Portage Aftercare Counsellor Jaimi Yantha, and Portage Administrator Sara-Jean Boutette manning the Portage Ontario booth at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.