Montréal, February 17, 2014 – On February 14, over 240 staff members, residents, board members, and friends of Portage gathered at the site where Portage established its first rehabilitation centre in 1973, to celebrate the organisation’s 41st anniversary. Guests enjoyed a festive lunch, outdoor activities, and a talent show by the residents in treatment.
On February 14, 1973, the very first Portage substance abuse rehabilitation centre opened its doors to ten clients, on a thirty-five acre property in the Laurentian Mountains, located 45 minutes outside of Montréal. Today, forty-one years later, Portage has helped thousands of people overcome substance abuse, operating treatment centres in Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.
Over the years, Portage has become an important reference in drug addiction treatment and has earned an international reputation, having established rehabilitation programs in fifteen countries and having trained caseworkers in close to twenty-five correctional and social services offices.
“After forty-one years of service, Portage has many reasons to celebrate: our roots in the community, the dedication and commitment of our staff, and above all, the success of our clients –thousands of people who have overcome their addiction problems and reintegrated back into society,” states Peter Howlett, President of Portage.