Portage Atlantic hosted its fifteenth Annual “Recognition Day” on Sunday, September 25th, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at Hampton High School.
Recognition Day has special meaning to youth and families who have been supported by the Portage program at Cassidy Lake. At this year’s ceremony, 42 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, many are enrolled in post-secondary institutions and some have been awarded bursaries.
Russell H.T. King, Chairman of Portage Atlantic, was pleased to announce that the guest speaker at this year’s Recognition Ceremony was The Honourable Marie-Claude Blais, NB Minister of Justice and Attorney General, who addressed the assembly with a special message prior to the presentation of awards and certificates.
The facility at Cassidy Lake is a residential treatment centre for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with serious substance abuse problems. The residential Portage 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 peer support and role modeling, helps youth increase their self-esteem by developing coping mechanisms and transferable skills.