Portage Atlantic News - Summer 2011

Portage Atlantic’s Annual Campaign 2010-2011, a great success!

Thanks to the efforts of Portage Atlantic’s annual campaign committee and the generosity of our donors and volunteers, we have reached our 2010-2011 annual campaign goal of $150,000, which will have a very meaningful and tangible impact on the youth seeking treatment at Portage Atlantic’s rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake.

Funds were raised for three basic areas of need; aftercare services, extracurricular activities for residents, and continuing education opportunities for staff members.

As the Portage saying goes, “only you can do it, but you can’t do it alone”.  On behalf of the youth at Portage, Cassidy Lake staff members, and the Portage Atlantic regional board, thank you for your support.

For more details on how the money has been spent at Cassidy Lake, please click here to view our report.

Another fantastic Summer Kick-Off benefit concert

Portage Atlantic News - Summer Kick-Off 2011Portage Atlantic is deeply moved by the showing of community support at the fourth annual Summer Kick Off benefit concert held on May 28, 2011 in Florenceville-Bristol.   Over 1,500 people were in attendance to enjoy music by Clay Harrison, Common People, and Flat Top.

Proceeds of over $42,000 from the event will help Portage Atlantic provide enriched programs and services for the youth seeking substance abuse treatment at the Cassidy Lake rehabilitation centre.  In addition to the financial benefit, the event has also raised awareness about Portage in Carleton County’s communities through significant media coverage and word of mouth.

A very special thank you to all volunteers for their tireless efforts and to our major sponsor, Ayr Motor Express for their kind generosity in making this year’s Annual Summer Kick Off benefit concert another outstanding event!  Since this annual concert began in 2008, it has raised over $135,000 for Portage Atlantic.


Portage Atlantic Recognition Ceremony 2011
The entire Portage Atlantic community is looking forward to this year’s Recognition Ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, September 25th.  The ceremony will celebrate the achievements of those youth who have finished the residential phase of their rehabilitation therapy, as well as those who graduated last year and have maintained the positive lifestyle that they learned at Cassidy Lake.  Portage Atlantic is pleased to welcome the Honourable Marie-Claude Blais, New Brunswick Minister of Justice and former Portage Atlantic Board Member as the guest speaker for the ceremony.

For more information about the Recognition Ceremony, please contact Carol Tracey, Director of Development, Portage Atlantic, at or at 506-459-1284.



Potash Corporation comes through once again for Portage Atlantic
Representatives from Potash Corporation, a generous supporter of Portage Atlantic, recently visited the Cassidy Lake drug treatment centre to take a look at the new boardroom furnishings that they had financed with a $16,000 donation to Portage. They also took a tour of the new facility and met with staff members and youth.  
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Support for Portage Atlantic from the United Commercial Travelers
Every year, several members of United Commercial Travelers (UCT) of Saint John, a longstanding supporter of Portage Atlantic, spend a day at Portage’s Cassidy Lake rehabilitation centre.
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Portage Atlantic News - Peer Support

“During my time at Portage, I have learned a lot about myself and about the issues that led to my drug use in the first place.  Portage has provided me with the opportunity to get my life on track and re-connect with my family.  Without Portage I wouldn’t be the person I am today.  I have a sound mind, I am healthy and happier then I have been in a very long time.  I can never thank Portage enough for all they have done for my family and I.”
Brandon, Portage Cassidy Lake resident

Stride for Success Charity Relay 2011 for Portage Atlantic’s Recovery Trail Project

Portage Atlantic News - Stride for Success 2011This year’s Stride for Success Charity Relay, put on by T4G’s Future Focus Foundation to raise money for the Portage Atlantic Recovery Trail Project, was a resounding success.  In its second of three years, the relay has helped raise just over $40,000 in cash donations, pledges, and gifts in kind to develop Cassidy Lake’s 165 wooded acres into a seasonal hiking trail for residents.  The goal of the Recovery Trail Project is to raise $60,000 by July 2012.  There are only twelve months left to go, so please help us reach our finish line!  To make a donation, please contact Carol Tracey at 506-459-1284 or by email at

Portage Atlantic would like to thank all volunteers and relay teams:  the City of Saint John, Saint John Firefighters, RBC, GENIVAR, and T4G.  A special thank you to T4G’s Future Focus Foundation for leading this incredible project and helping to make Portage Atlantic’s Recovery Trail a reality in the near future.

Portage Atlantic “Magnificent Maples”

The Portage Atlantic Recovery Trail Project involves extending and enhancing Cassidy Lake’s existing 3.8 km path to include wheelchair accessibility and to provide safe and picturesque routes for walking, running, biking, and snowshoeing.  Supporters of the Stride for Success Relay for the Recovery Trail have been outstanding; two of which are recognised as the first “Magnificent Maples” ($15,000+) in the donor category.  Forzani Group’s Power of Sports for Kids has recently made very generous donations to the Recovery Trail project by presenting a cheque for $15,000 to Portage Atlantic, along with twelve new mountain bikes and helmets from SportChek.

Portage Atlantic News - Forzani donation

Photo, left to right: Ron Goodine, SportChek Fredericton; Portage Staff members, Katrina Schwetz, Erin Marr, Neil Laking, Geordie Gould, Tambrie Hicks; and Patrick Hoyt, SportChek Saint John.  

United Commercial Travellers (Jack Kidd Council 755), a longstanding supporter of Portage Atlantic is also contributing $15,000 for the Recovery Trail.  Eight members of the UCT club visited the rehabilitation centre recently to make this announcement.

Portage Atlantic News - UCT donation

Photo, left to right: Wes Cosman of UCT and Carol Tracey of Portage.

Portage Atlantic Community Breakfast Series

Portage Atlantic’s Community Breakfast series, sponsored by Atlantic Lottery Corporation, has recently visited Amherst, NS, Charlottetown, PEI, and Caraquet, NB.  Each breakfast was attended by more than forty five guests and were covered in provincial and local newspapers, further building awareness about Portage Atlantic’s rehabilitation program for youth.

Cassidy Lake Landscaping Project

$7,000 was raised last year for a landscaping project to beautify the entrance to the new main building at Cassidy Lake. Volunteers, Portage Board Members, staff members, and residents recently dedicated two full days to the project, laying sod, planting perennials, and taking great pride in the results.  Among the volunteers were several RCMP representatives and Lions Club members.  

Portage Atlantic News - Landscaping Project Before  Portage Atlantic News - Landscaping Project During 3  Portage Atlantic News - Landscaping Project After
From left to right: Before, during, and after the Cassidy Lake Landscaping Project

Extraordinary community support

Portage Atlantic and the youth seeking treatment at the rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake are very appreciative of the generous support received from the community.  Here are some highlights of recent community involvement:
Potash Corporation
United Commercial Travelers
Fredericton Golden Club
Greater Saint-John Community Foundation
Fredericton Community Foundation

Portage Canada
The Therapeutic Community

By beginning a substance abuse rehabilitation program at Portage, residents become members of Portage’s therapeutic community. As such, they share their daily lives with a group of people who are experiencing similar substance abuse problems and who have undertaken to help one another overcome these difficulties.
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May 3, 2011- Bugle Observer
East Coast Opry arrives Saturday – Read

May 6, 2011- Bugle Observer
Summer Kick Off benefits Portage – Read

May 14, 2011- The Guardian
Freedom from addiction – Read

June 13, 2011 – Acadie Nouvelle
De toxicomane à entrepreneur – Frédéric LaForge, diplômé de Portage, revient de loin – Read

June 27, 2011- Daily Gleaner
It’s really music to their ears – Concert fundraiser event raises money for local community projects – Read

July 6, 2011- Telegraph-Journal
Team members invited to ‘blaze a path of hope’- Celebration: Charitable portion of upcoming relay allows teams to make a difference at centre – Read

July 11, 2011- Telegraph-Journal
Boardroom table wasn’t your run-of-the mill project – Wood working: Craftsman Brent Rourke was commissioned to build a custom piece of furniture for Portage Atlantic – Read


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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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 38 years.  Portage Atlantic was established in 1996.

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