Socio-cultural and recreational programming at Portage Cassidy Lake provides residents opportunities to be active and to try new things. This summer, they have been involved in rowing, Judo, archery, music, golf, and art, among other activities.
Olympic rower, Dolores Young, has volunteered her time three mornings a week to teach the young women and men at the Cassidy Lake centre how to row. The residents have been having a great time honing their rowing skills in 32 foot racing boats on Cassidy Lake. At the end of their four week training, the participants will be awarded certificates that will qualify them to join competitive clubs so that they can continue rowing once they leave Portage.
Another successful recreational activity at Cassidy Lake is the Judo program, which was started as a pilot project two years ago. Thanks to its success, it has now been integrated into the full-year programming schedule at Cassidy Lake. At the moment, ten male residents are nearly half-way through a twelve week course, working diligently to obtain their yellow belts. Once completed, the participants will be invited to do two Judo sessions with their instructor, John Mallory, at a well-known Judo club in Saint John.
Beyond these programs, Cassidy Lake residents and staff have been enjoying several other socio-cultural and recreational programs:
- Archery courses, provided by a local volunteer;
- Music Therapy and Journaling, led by an on-site counselor;
- Initiation to golf sessions, including basics of chipping, putting and more, taught by a Portage Atlantic staff member; and
- Art Therapy, an ongoing and valued program provided by a Portage Atlantic staff member.
Portage Atlantic held its Summer Olympics from August 10th-12th. Events were scheduled in volleyball, canoeing, soccer, running, archery, tug-of-war and triathlon. The residents had a fantastic time! The closing ceremony was attended by members of the local Lions Club, who handed out medals to the participants.
Portage Atlantic has also just begun filming a corporate video about the drug addiction rehabilitation services provided at Cassidy Lake. The staff and residents have been graciously sharing their daily life with Apple Hill Video videographer Rob Turgeon. Stay tuned! The final product promises to give us a heartfelt look into the incredible work taking place at the Portage Atlantic residential centre for youth.
Judo class and a triathlon at Portage Cassidy Lake