Second Annual Portage Atlantic Volunteer Reception
On November 30, 2011, Portage Atlantic welcomed its volunteers to the picturesque theatre room at Cassidy Lake for a holiday brunch, in recognition of all the good work they have done for the organisation over the past year. Staff members and residents honoured the regional board members and other very special volunteers who have actively supported Portage Atlantic’s projects this year, including the Recovery Trail Project, the “Hands On” Landscaping Project, and the Annual Summer Kick-Off Benefit Concert.
Pictured above: Lions Ron Evans and Bill Scott at the Portage Atlantic Volunteer Reception.
Portage Atlantic residents take on bullying
Many residents seeking rehabilitation treatment have either been a victim of bullying or have been a bully themselves, events that have, in some instances, ignited or fuelled their drug addiction problems. Portage centres for youth provide programming that deals with the issue of bullying, a significant hurdle for some residents to overcome on their journey towards sobriety.
As they discussed these issues, the boys’ community at Cassidy Lake decided to make a video about bullying, giving advice to viewers about how to deal with it.
Click here to view the Portage Atlantic video, “Bullied!”
Portage Atlantic takes its Community Breakfast series to Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
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.
Portage residents enjoy the Annual Christmas Party with the Lions
On December 4, 2011, Portage youth, staff members, and more than eighty District N1 (NB and PEI) Lions gathered at Cassidy Lake for the Annual Christmas Party with the Lions. This festive celebration has become an eagerly awaited holiday event and all in attendance were proud to be a part of it.
One Lion suited up as Santa Claus and handed out gifts to all youth in residence at Portage. The girls’ community provided the musical entertainment. The residents gave a large card to the Lions Club, as a token of appreciation.
Holiday Time at Portage
Those in treatment at Portage during the Holiday period have a lot to celebrate: they have decided to take control of their lives and rid themselves of their dependencies, to work on their relationships with their loved ones, and to become active and contributing members of society.
Portage’s rehabilitation centres do their best to make the Holidays a special time for the residents. Staff members organise all sorts of activities, including festive lunches and dinners, outdoor adventures, and Holiday craft workshops.
Portage’s 21 competencies
Throughout the substance abuse rehabilitation process, Portage residents are coached and encouraged to acquire Portage’s 21 competencies; tools to help them make the most out of a new life, free of drugs.
“The 21 competencies taught at Portage, as varied as patience, conflict resolution, being organised and orderly, and effective communication, are now pillars of our daily lives,” stated a graduate of the rehabilitation program for adults in Québec City. “We now have the tools to be able to live our emotions, both positive and negative, to really feel them and to be able to express ourselves in a constructive manner.”
Annual General Meeting and Governor Recognition Reception
On November 24, Portage governors and staff members attended the 2011 Annual General Meeting and Portage’s first-ever Governor Recognition Reception. Portage honoured six governors for the exceptional contribution they have made towards the organisation over the years.
Roderick Nolan, Portage Atlantic
André Chagnon, Portage Québec – Montréal Region
Yvan Caron, Portage Québec – Québec City Region
Michael Howlett, Portage Ontario
Robert and Susan Ruttan, Portage BC
Pictured above: Peter Howlett, President of Portage, presents an award for exceptional contribution to Portage Atlantic regional board member, Roderick Nolan, along with Dr. Russell King, Chair of Portage Atlantic.