Back to school! Residents return to Portage Academy
Although there has been a summer school running for the past few months, Portage Elora residents are now officially back to school for the fall semester at Portage Academy.
Helping youth get their education back on track is an important component of the Portage Program. All centres for adolescents offer mandatory on-site high school programming that is adapted to the needs of the residents. At Portage Elora, six on-site teachers from the Upper Grand District School Board deliver self-paced learning programs with small-sized classroom support. While most Portage residents have struggled with school in the past and many have abandoned their studies altogether, Portage Academy helps them rediscover their academic abilities and reawakens the drive to complete secondary school. Many residents even to go on to post-secondary studies.
Celebrating the staff at Portage
Portage is very proud of the quality of its personnel at the Portage centres across Canada, many of whom have been with the organisation for a long time. To celebrate and show appreciation for the dedication and hard work of its employees, Portage has recently established an Employee Recognition Program.
The program recognises staff members who have been carrying out the Portage mission for over five years, marking each five year anniversary with a commemorative pin. Those who have been with the organisation for over ten years also receive a small gift (and for every five-year mark that follows).
Employees are at the very heart of Portage’s mission, contributing immensely every day to the rehabilitation process of our residents.
The following five people, who have devoted over 25 years to Portage, are of particular note:
36 years of service
Unit Manager – External services
32 years of service
Accounting Clerk – Lac Écho
31 years of service
29 years of service
25 years of service
Portage across Canada
Portage is accredited!
Portage is pleased to announce that its rehabilitation services are now accredited by Accreditation Canada. This recognition is the culmination of a process that started in 2007, which sought to obtain certification for the quality of services provided at Portage, the capabilities of its employees, and the managerial expertise of the organisation.
The four surveyors from Accreditation Canada who visited the participating Portage centres during the week of June 7-11 were especially struck by the dedication, involvement, and creativity of the staff. They noted Portage’s continuous quest for best practices and its approach based on the needs of residents and their families as among the organisation’s greatest strengths.
Portage is pleased to have participated in the accreditation process and is committed to maintaining the standards that have earned this certification, while continuously bettering its service in all areas.
The only Portage site to have yet to obtain accreditation is the centre in Keremeos, BC, which was established after Portage’s accreditation process had begun. The Keremeos centre will be accredited sometime next year.
Portage across Canada
GAIN Program update
Portage is currently in the process of preparing for the implementation of the GAIN (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs) system for the assessment of all new residents. Staff training is moving along rapidly and the technical preparations are in process. The GAIN is an evidence-based assessment technique that has received widespread recognition. It will replace the IGT assessment, providing Portage with a more powerful tool for the initial establishment of each new resident’s treatment plan.