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Portage Atlantic honors its volunteers 

A volunteer recognition gathering was held on April 16, 2015 in Fredericton, NB.  Carol Tracey, Director of Development, acknowledged and thanked each volunteer for his/her valued contribution.  She expressed a special thank you to each Portage Atlantic Board member, Lions Club and Portage Atlantic youth volunteers and members of the Amana Institute for their valued contributions to the Portage organization and to the Portage Centre at Cassidy Lake.  Read more …

Christmas Takes on a Special Meaning for Portage Atlantic Youth 

2014-12-12-Xmas with Lions-ready to useOver the holidays, young people in residential treatment at Portage Atlantic had a lot to look forward to in the New Year as they undertake to regain control of their lives and rid themselves of their dependencies, work on their relationships with their loved ones, and become active and contributing members of society.  The staff members at Portage Atlantic’s rehabilitation centre did their best to make the holidays special for the residents. The most eagerly awaited event of the season was the Annual Lions Christmas Party, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of DecemberRead more…

Portage Atlantic launches its new Ambassador Program   

In order to better inform the members of the Ambassador Program who are interested in the mission of Portage Atlantic, an Ambassador Program bulletin is now available.  This means of communication will serve as an information tool to keep the members up to date on current and future activities at Portage Atlantic.  To subscribe to the Ambassador Program bulletin, please contact 

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May 2015 – Portage Atlantic will hold a community breakfast in Sussex, NB, to inform various invited community organizations about the Portage rehabilitation program and services offered at the Cassidy Lake Centre.

June 2015 –  Portage Atlantic will present an exhibitor booth at the Family Medicine Conference 2015, hosted by the College of Family Physicians, in Moncton, NB.  This will create an awareness of Portage’s services among family physicians and health care professionals.

Dec. 15 – The Guardian
P.E.I Lions Club members bring Christmas to Portage treatment centre 

Nov.24 – CTV Atlantic 
Facility helps beat drug dependency

Nov. 19 – The Daily Gleaner
Cheap drugs readily available to teens – addict

Nov. 19 – Times & Transcript
Teen drugs addicts need your help: counsellor

 ”I had nothing before I went to Portage and today I have contentment. It may not seem like a lot, but for someone who lived in total hopelessness and misery for years, to wake up happy is a big thing”
– Stephanie, Portage Atlantic Graduate.
Community Breakfast in Fredericton

The Portage Community Breakfast held on November 12, 2014 began with a welcome from the Mayor of Fredericton and Portage Atlantic Board Member, Brad Woodside.  The purpose of the breakfast meeting was to share information about Portage Atlantic’s programs and services, talk about the behaviors and symptoms of youth with addictions and focus on the importance of networking with the Fredericton community.

Mr. Luc Desjardins, Portage Atlantic Program Manager, was on hand to inform the more than 60 guests about various features of the Portage Program.   A heartfelt testimonial was given by Portage Atlantic graduate, Alicia Shaw, and the closing statement was delivered by Board Member, David Ferguson.

Lewis Fitness Centre Capital Campaign – The Benefits of Physical Fitness

2015-LewisFitnessCenterPortageThe Lewis Fitness Centre Capital Campaign goes beyond bricks and mortar.  

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that physical activity, in combination with organised sports, has a positive impact on behavior and healthy lifestyles and improves social, emotional and physical well-being.  Read more…

Girl’s Group: overcoming sexual abuse 

2015-girlsgroupportageA social worker and program manager at Cassidy Lake recently formed a group providing female residents the opportunity to work through sexual abuse issues.  

The “Girls Group” had six participants and met twice a week. Each session includes a discussion and a learning segment as well as wellness exercises and activities.

CPR Class at Cassidy Lake 

On Thursday March 19, Cassidy Lake staff took part in a CPR workshop where they learned how to apply bandages and first-aid techniques. A great team-building experience for all. 
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Portage closes its centre in Keremeos, BC.

The Portage Keremeos centre closed its doors on March 5th.  From the time it opened in 2009, the centre helped almost 400 youth turn their lives around and find new hope in the future. The discussions between Portage and government authorities regarding funding proved fruitless despite both parties best efforts.

Portage would like to thank all the people who trusted them during the past years.

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.


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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):
Tel.: 506-839-1200
Fax: 506-839-1210

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