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Sussex, NB, September 29, 2013 – Portage Atlantic hosted its seventeenth Annual Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, September 29th, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Sussex High School.

Recognition Day has special meaning to youth and families who have been supported by the Portage drug rehabilitation program at Cassidy Lake.  At this year’s ceremony, 45 youth from across Canada were recognised for having completed various stages of the residential and aftercare components of the program.

Much emphasis is placed on education at Portage and educational milestones were recognised during the ceremony.  Of the youth who were recognised on Sunday, many are enrolled in post-secondary education and several have been awarded bursaries.

Russell H. T. King, Portage Atlantic Chairman, was pleased to introduce special guest speaker RCMP Inspector Rick Shaw.  Inspector Shaw offered an inspiring message to youth and guests on overcoming obstacles to achieve success.

The 2013 Portage Atlantic Recognition was supported by RBC Children’s Mental Health Project.

About Portage Atlantic

The facility at Cassidy Lake is a residential drug addiction treatment centre for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with serious substance abuse problems.  The residential program is bilingual and offered to youth from throughout Atlantic Canada. The approach to treatment is based on the therapeutic community model which, through positive role modeling, helps youth increase their self-esteem and develop coping mechanisms and transferable skills.

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