Portage Atlantic Fall Newsletter 2013 
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Portage Atlantic celebrates the remarkable journey of forty-five youth

Portage Atlantic Recognition CeremonyIn its seventeenth year, the theme of the Portage Atlantic Recognition Ceremony this year was: “Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change,” celebrating the Atlantic Canada youth who took up the challenge to change their lives by seeking addiction rehabilitation therapy at Portage.
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First Portage Atlantic fundraiser seeks to rally donors around the dreams of youth

Portage Atlantic fundraiser“Children don’t dream of becoming addicts” is the slogan for Portage Atlantic’s first online fundraiser, launched on October 3 and culminating at the end of National Addictions Awareness Week at the end of November.  An inspiring video can be found on www.rally4dreams.ca as well as information on how to get involved, and the campaign’s progress can be tracked on Portage Atlantic’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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Portage Atlantic coordinates Recovery Day in Fredericton

Recovery Day 2013 FrederictonJoining health and addiction rehabilitation organisations across the country, Portage celebrated Canada’s second annual Recovery Day on September 8, 2013.  Portage Atlantic stood proudly on the steps of Fredericton City Hall as Mayor Brad Woodside read the Recovery Day Proclamation.  Two Portage Atlantic graduates then shared their personal stories of recovery with the crowd.
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Cassidy Lake hosts three-day showcase for Public Safety representatives

Public Safety Showcase Portage AtlanticFrom October 15 to 17, thirty Public Safety workers from across Atlantic Canada converged at Portage Atlantic’s substance abuse rehabilitation centre for youth at Cassidy Lake. Public Safety had arranged for the showcase, to better inform its front-line workers about the residential treatment program, so that they can more readily send youth in need.
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French Promotional Video
Portage Atlantic French video
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Children don’t dream of becoming addicts
Portage Atlantic fundraiser video
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National Addictions Awareness Week
November 18-24, 2013



Floodstock “Farm Tuff” Fundraiser benefits Portage Atlantic

Donation from T4G Golf Fundraiser

Portage presentation to the Intersection Program

A busy summer for the youth at Cassidy Lake

Official Opening of Portage Atlantic’s Recovery Trail


October 7, 2013 – Global News
NB Youth tries to overcome drug addiction

October 2, 2013 – Telegraph Journal
Youth tackle addiction head on

September 30, 2013 – Telegraph Journal
Youth recognized for steps toward defeating addiction

September 9, 2013 – Daily Gleaner
Recovery day: The City of Fredericton along with Portage Atlantic

Portage Atlantic testimonial
“I knew there were other people going through what I was going through, but I had never seen anybody come out the other side of it,” said Kassie, a Portage graduate at the Recovery Day rally in Fredericton. “That’s why I do these things. I didn’t have a problem with people knowing I was an addict. Everybody knew. So if I can show them I’m not the way I was, that’s an awesome feeling.”

Hands-on skilled trades training being offered to the youth at Cassidy Lake

The New Brunswick Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour Department has implemented a new program at Cassidy Lake, providing the youth in treatment with hands-on training in seven skilled trades.
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The McKesson Foundation donates $10,000 to Portage Atlantic

Portage Atlantic is thrilled to have been chosen as a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the McKesson Foundation, to go towards the purchase of furniture for the common rooms in both the boys’ and the girls’ dormitories.  
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UPS Foundation donation to Portage Atlantic

UPS Foundation donation to Portage AtlanticOn September 12, 2013, the UPS Foundation presented an $11,000 grant to Portage Atlantic to be put towards leisure equipment for Cassidy Lake’s new Recovery Trail. The Recovery Trail will be officially opened on November 1, and thanks to the UPS Foundation’s donation, the centre will be fully equipped with outdoor gear that the youth can enjoy on the trail.  
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About Portage

Portage is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people overcome their dependencies in order to be able to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.  With service centres in Québec, New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia, Portage helps clients to develop their self-esteem, confidence, and the competencies necessary to overcome addiction. For more information, click here.

Portage Atlantic was established in 1996.

For more information, to participate in our activities, or to share comments, contact:

Carol Tracey
Director of Development
Portage Atlantic

For Admissions information, contact Cassidy Lake centre:

Toll Free (from Atlantic Canada): 1-888-735-9800
Tel.: 506-839-1200
Fax: 506-839-1210


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