Over thirty-five guests were in attendance at Portage Atlantic’s Community Breakfast in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, held at the Coldbrook Lions Club on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. An engaged and diverse group of community members were in attendance to participate in a discussion about substance dependency among Atlantic youth and to learn more about the Portage Program in New Brunswick.
Municipal Councillor Basic Hall addressed the audience with words of welcome, before he turned the microphone over to Geordie Gould, director of Portage Atlantic, and one of his staff members, Neil Laking, who delivered a presentation on the programs and services provided at the Portage rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake. A Portage Atlantic resident also took the podium, to speak to the group about his struggles with addiction and about the positive personal transformation he has undergone since seeking drug rehabilitation treatment at Portage. The breakfast concluded with a lively question and answer period.
The Portage Atlantic Community Breakfast series aims to develop positive working relationships with community stakeholders throughout the Atlantic region and to increase awareness about the substance abuse rehabilitation program at Cassidy Lake.