New faces on the Portage Ontario Board
The Portage Ontario Board is pleased to welcome three new members: Matthew Standish, Diane Stoneman, and Michael Mundy.
Matthew Standish is a partner and founder of Everest Management Networks Inc. and has been in the recruitment and staffing industry since 1983. A University of Western Ontario graduate, he has also earned his CPC and served for many years on the APPAC (now ACSESS) Ontario Board of Directors.
“As parents, imagine knowing your child is suffering and in pain but you’re helpless to stop it! We’ve experienced this nightmare, and whether it’s an addiction problem or some other form of disease, as in our case, the havoc and heartbreak to families is very real. I believe Portage Ontario makes a difference and helps families wake up from the nightmare.” – Matthew Standish
Diane Stoneman has been working in the financial service industry for 19 years; the past 16 years of which have been with MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc. Diane is originally from Montréal and attended Concordia University to obtain her Commerce degree. She is both a certified financial planner and portfolio manager.
“Portage provides the resources that youth need to get that second or third chance. I am thrilled to be part of the Portage Ontario Board and I look forward to raising awareness about this excellent organisation.” – Diane Stoneman
Michael Mundy is a Partner at Odgers Berndtson in Toronto, with extensive executive search experience in a wide range of industries throughout both Canada and the United States. Michael holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree from Trent University and sits on the Board of Directors for the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce.
“Addiction is something that has touched many of us at some point in our lives; whether a family member, a neighbour or a colleague at work. We have all see devastating effects to families and the community at large. When I was asked to be a part of this wonderful organisation, I was delighted to help drive awareness, funding and hope for those afflicted with addiction. I am a big believer that all people, especially young people, deserve dignity, self respect and sense of personal self worth.” – Michael Mundy
Portage Ontario is most appreciative of our new Board Members’ involvement and their interest in lending their expertise and various resources to Portage’s mission.
Spring Break at Portage Elora
From March 14 to 18, residents had a week-long break from school programming at Portage Academy, and staff members planned a fun-filled week of activities for them.
Residents did a lot of cross country skiing, hiking, and team-building activities, and even attended a workshop to learn how to curl. A highlight was the trip to Saint-Jacob’s Sugar Shack, where a local maple syrup festival was taking place. Residents also greatly appreciated an arts and crafts workshop where they hand-painted and decorated ceramic pots and planted seeds in them, as a representation of their personal growth throughout their substance abuse rehabilitation.
Portage’s Therapeutic Approach
Portage’s substance abuse rehabilitation treatment approach is based on the therapeutic community model with core self-help principles and individual case management. Portage offers a psychologically and physically safe residential program in a positive peer culture environment.
Portage celebrates its 38th anniversary!
February 14th, the anniversary of the opening of Portage’s first substance abuse rehabilitation centre in Prévost, Québec, is known as Metamorphosis Day at Portage. It is a day for all members of the Portage community to celebrate the transformation that the residents undergo during their rehabilitation treatment.
Portage is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people who are suffering from substance abuse-related problems to overcome their dependencies and to live healthy, happy and productive lives. Portage is a vital and progressive force in the drug addiction treatment field in North America, with service centres in Québec, New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia. Through drug addiction treatment best practices and the therapeutic community approach, Portage helps residents develop their self-esteem, confidence, and the competencies necessary to overcome addiction. Portage has been operating drug rehabilitation centres in Canada for over 35 years. Portage Ontario was established in 1985.
Read more about Portage’s mission, vision, and values.