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Portage Atlantic construction project receives $1 million boost

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On January 26th, 2010 Portage Atlantic welcomed special guests, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and MP for Fredericton along with the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) and MP Fundy-Royal to the Portage Cassidy Lake centre. They announced a $1 million investment from the federal government in the construction of the new Portage facilities.  These funds will be put towards completing Stage II of the main building at Portage Cassidy Lake, which will house classrooms, conference rooms, a nurse’s office, training and meeting rooms, and a reception area.
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Photo: Minister Keith Ashfield and Marie-Claude Blais, member of the Portage Atlantic Board of Directors and Master of Ceremonies at this event.

Community Breakfasts to raise awareness about Portage Atlantic

Portage Atlantic news_Community Breakfasts2.jpgPortage Atlantic began hosting Community Breakfasts in 2009 to inform and educate various Atlantic stakeholders about the Portage drug rehabilitation program offered at Cassidy Lake. 

The success of the first two Community Breakfasts, held in Edmundston and Bathurst, has paved the way for several more to take place this year.  The next Community Breakfast will be held in Charlotte County, New Brunswick on April 12 and additional ones are being planned for Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia later this spring.

The events are made possible by a sponsorship from Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC).

Photo: François Bourdon, Director of Portage lac Écho; Jacques Martin, Mayor of Edmunston; Kerry Cormier, Portage Atlantic graduate; and Paul Cyr, Edmunston Police Officer.


Relay proceeds to Portage Atlantic
Portage Atlantic and T4G’s Future Focus Foundation have teamed up once again to raise funds for the Portage Atlantic drug addiction treatment centre.  A team relay fundraiser will be held this July in Rockwood Park, Saint John in conjunction with “Marathon by the Sea”.  Teams from across Atlantic Canada will participate in support of Portage, raising money and their heart rates at the same time! 

If you or your business would like to participate in the relay please contact Carol Tracey, Director of Development of Portage Atlantic at

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

Carol Tracey
Director of Development
Portage Atlantic

For Admissions information, please contact the Cassidy Lake Centre at:

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





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“I came to the Portage program a 21-year-old boy. I didn’t know who I was, I had no confidence,” said Kyle Hooton at the Government of Canada’s $1 million funding announcement before a crowd of community leaders and Portage Atlantic residents. “Portage gave me self-worth, it saved my life. Many youths have come to this program and have had their lives changed and saved.”


Gearing up for the Summer Kick-Off

Portage Atlantic news_Summer Kick-Off2.jpgOn Saturday, May 29th, Portage Atlantic will host the third annual Summer Kick-Off, a community fundraising concert that has collected significant funding in past years and has helped build awareness about Portage Atlantic.  This year’s Summer Kick-Off concert in Florenceville, New Brunswick will feature The Common People, Flat Top, and Clay Harrison.

This annual event has been made possible by Ayr Motor Express Ltd of Woodstock and Mr. John Maunder, a long-time supporter of Portage Atlantic.  Contact the Portage Office in Fredericton at 506-472-4847 for more information.

Continuum of Care pilot project

Over six months ago, Portage implemented a Continuum of Care pilot project at Cassidy Lake.  This program ensures a two-year individualised follow-up for all Atlantic youth who have spent time at Cassidy Lake, regardless of how long they have remained in treatment;  whether only  one day, three weeks , or two months.  The impact has been carefully observed over time and Portage is pleased to report that the Continuum of Care model is showing great potential.  Read more…

Portage Atlantic Annual Campaign

May 31st, 2010 will mark the end of the 2009–2010 Portage Atlantic Annual Campaign. We, at Portage Atlantic, would like to express our deepest gratitude for all donations received thus far. You are too many to name and much too important to ever forget. 

With the contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations, and service clubs, we have raised $75,000 so far this year to help lead our troubled youth away from addiction. We have our sights set on our $100,000 goal by the end of May and hope we can count on your support to help us get there.  Every dollar counts.  

For any questions or concerns about making a donation to Portage Atlantic please call the Portage Atlantic Office in Fredericton at 506-459-1284. Donations can be mailed to:  Portage Atlantic, 390 King Street, Suite 211, Fredericton, NB, E3B 1E3 or you can make a secure donation online

Portage across Canada
Metamorphosis Day

Portage news_Metamorphosis Day2.jpgFebruary 14th is the anniversary of the opening of the first Portage centre in Prévost, Québec.  It has come to be known as Metamorphosis Day, during which all Portage facilities celebrate the transformation that our residents experience during their treatment at Portage.  The event was celebrated across the country this year.  Read more…

Accreditation Process

Portage News_Accreditation2.jpgHaving received primary accreditation in 2008, Portage now has its sights set on full accreditation for the end of 2010.  Representatives from Accreditation Canada will be visiting each Portage centre from June 7-10, 2010, after which they will produce an evaluation report on the measures that have been put in place since their last visit.  

Accreditation will recognise Portage for the quality of the services provided, the capabilities of the employees, and the expertise of the organisation.  Recognition from Accreditation Canada demonstrates that Portage is engaged in a continuous process of improving the quality of its services. 



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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 Atlantic was established in 1996.

Read more about Portage’s mission, vision, and values.

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