Portage has been organising a series of meetings with elected officials to increase awareness about the drug addiction rehabilitation services available at its centres. During the month of June, Portage residents enjoyed meeting Danielle Doyer, Member for Matapédia and Official Opposition critic for social services, Gérard Deltell, Member for Chauveau and Parliamentary Chief for Coalition Avenir Québec, and Agnès Maltais, Member for Taschereau and Official Opposition critic for health.
A trip to the National Assembly
On June 14, 2012, Portage-Québec participants enjoyed a guided tour of Québec’s National Assembly, at the invitation of Agnès Maltais, Member for Taschereau, in whose riding Portage’s addiction rehabilitation centre for adults is situated. This is the second time that she has invited Portage participants to sit in on Question Period and take a tour of the building. The participants were very grateful for the experience and were very honoured to meet Mme Maltais and to speak with her about their experiences at Portage.
Parliamentary visits to Saint-Malachie
In May, Portage representatives met with Danielle Doyer, Member for Matapédia and Official Opposition critic for social services at her office at the National Assembly. Following this very productive meeting, Mme Doyer arranged to go visit Portage’s rehabilitation centre in Saint-Malachie, which treats adolescents from Eastern Québec. Youth from Bas-Saint-Laurent told her their stories of addiction and substance abuse, and explained to her how treatment at Portage has changed their lives.
Gérard Deltel, Member for Chauveau, also made the trip out to Saint-Malachie to visit the residents. He was struck by the residents’ courage, and by their determination to complete their residential therapy at Portage.