PORTAGE ONTARIO

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation for Adolescents in Ontario

Portage Ontario

Portage Ontario, a non-profit organisation established in 1985, operates a residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for youth in Elora, Ontario.

In the therapeutic community environment, residents work through the underlying issues that caused their substance abuse and develop a set of social competencies that will help them deal with the challenges of everyday life without resorting to drug abuse. They develop the self-esteem and confidence to go on to lead healthy, productive, drug-free lives.

The Portage Elora treatment centre serves Ontario youth referred by parents, schools, family physicians, hospitals, other addiction-treatment and youth-serving agencies, as well as Youth Justice and the Children's Aid Society.

Ontario Adolescent Centre
6681 Irvine Street
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
T. 519 846-0945
info_adoon@portage.ca

Testimonials

"I believe that success is a journey not a destination. Coming to Portage was one of the hardest decisions of my life.  The Portage program helped me to realise that it wasn’t just the drugs that were the problem; it was also how I viewed myself. Over time in the program I gained confidence and when I left, it was with my head held high. I’m a year and 7 months sober. I don’t think I would have made it here today if it weren’t for Portage. There have been some rocky roads and some flat tires on my journey, and I haven’t reached my destination yet.  But I’m well on my way, thanks to Portage.” - Tyler
“The staff members were supportive and I learned to trust them. I learned to respect myself more and learned many coping mechanisms to overcome my addiction and to distance myself from negative friends. Thanks to Portage, I learned to use my stubbornness in a positive way to push myself. I am here today to tell you that I survived.” - Julie
"Throughout the program, I began to see that I was as valuable as anyone else. I have learned how to understand others and how to ask for help. I know that I can’t do it by myself, but because of the family I’ve gained at Portage, I know I won’t have to." - Cardier
"Since I came to Portage I've stopped using drugs, I've stopped talking to negative people. I started becoming more independent and respecting others and myself, learning basic skills of life and just having fun without being high." - Jennifer

Portage Ontario News

Portage Ontario Bursary Program Launched

06-05-2019

June, 2019; The Portage Academy at Elora is an on-site Section 23 School approved by the Ontario Ministry of Education, operated in partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board. The Academy delivers high school curriculum to the youth in treatment. Attendance at school is a mandatory requirement of the Portage Ontario residential drug rehabilitation… Read more »

Portage Ontario Partners with Broad Reach Foundation

06-05-2019

June, 2019; Founded in 1998, Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders is a registered charity built on partnerships with youth-serving agencies in the Toronto community. Offering the only free program for at-risk youth aged 13 to 24 that combines building life skills, job training and sailing on board one of their fleet of 35’ –… Read more »

CURL FOR A CAUSE

06-05-2019

On March 23rd, Portage Ontario joined a group of six worthy charities who graciously received event proceeds from Curl for a Cause, a local volunteer-led curling bonspiel established in 2006. Curlers at the Fergus Curling Club in Centre Wellington, where the Portage Centre resides, warmly welcomed Portage as a first-time recipient. Portage residents donated a… Read more »

Portage Ontario Foundation

Portage Ontario’s drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth is financed in part by the Portage Ontario Foundation, which raises funds through individual and corporate donations as well as fundraising activities.

Portage Ontario Board

The Portage Ontario Board of Directors is chaired by Todd Nishimura. The Board is made up of dedicated volunteers who are involved in their local communities and who ensure the proper governance of Portage activities in Ontario.

  • Todd Nishimura, Chair
  • Peter Howlett, President of Portage
  • Richard Bowden
  • Matthew Linton
  • Michael Mundy
  • Adam Newman
  • Lousanne Rodé
  • Colin Stairs
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