Portage Atlantic - Recovery Trail

Stride for Success 2012 raises $13,000 for the Portage Atlantic Recovery Trail

Portage Atlantic - Stride for Success 2012First launched in July 2010, as a partnership between information technology company T4G and Saint John’s annual Celebration of Green Space event, the Stride for Success fundraiser relay for the Portage Atlantic Recovery Trail wrapped up its third and final year on Sunday, July 15 at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John.    
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Residents participate in a First Nation Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Portage Atlantic - Sweat LodgeOn June 28, elders from the St. Mary’s First Nation visited the Portage rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake to perform a sweat lodge ceremony with the youth.
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Portage Atlantic takes its Community Breakfast series to Corner Brook, Newfoundland

On May 15, forty guests attended a Portage Atlantic Community Breakfast in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  Portage Atlantic has received youth from Corner Brook in the past, and this community gathering was a means to reconnect with the community and increase awareness in Newfoundland and Labrador about the Portage program being offered in New Brunswick.
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Portage Atlantic Foundation Annual Campaign

As the 2011-2012 fundraising year comes to a close, we would like to take a moment to look back on the past twelve months and what we have been able to achieve with the generous support of our donors.
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Portage Atlantic Recognition Ceremony
The annual Portage Atlantic Recognition Ceremony recognises the youth who have completed their residential therapy in the past year and celebrates the graduates who have maintained a positive lifestyle for a full year.  This year’s celebration will take place on Sunday, September 30 and will feature a special guest speaker, and former Cassidy Lake resident, Dan Martell.
Portage Atlantic - Recognition Ceremony Speaker Dan Martell
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The Friars Family dedicating a concert to Portage Atlantic
The Saint John’s singing Friars Family will be performing a musical concert in November 2012 to raise money for Portage Atlantic. Some members of the group visited Cassidy Lake on May 10 to meet the residents, take part in a morning meeting, and tour the facility.


Canada Day Festivities
On July 1, Portage Atlantic residents and staff members celebrated Canada Day with a leisurely 10:15 brunch followed by a variety of activities.
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New Brunswick’s Director of Education and Early Childhood Development visits Cassidy Lake
On May 29, Bob Eckstein, New Brunswick’s Director of Education and Early Childhood Development, visited the centre for a tour, information meeting, and lunch, along with the New Maryland Lions.

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“[Aftercare] makes me feel so comfortable and reassured because adjusting to life after Portage was really hard for me. Talking to someone who I know knows my issues and struggles and actually cares really helps me talk about things I normally wouldn’t be able to talk about with people outside of Portage. If I didn’t have access to all parts of the Aftercare program, I’m not sure I’d still be on the right track.”  – Kelsey, Cassidy Lake graduate

Summer activities at Cassidy Lake

Summer is finally here and the school holiday schedule is in full swing with lots of fun activities for the male and the female communities at the Cassidy Lake substance abuse rehabilitation centre for youth.
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Residents share their experiences on Anti-Bullying Day  

Many Portage residents have either been a bully or been the victim of bullying in the past, experiences which, in many cases, have contributed to their substance abuse issues. On June 15, Portage Atlantic dedicated the day to talking about bullying and learning how to prevent it and better deal with situations where someone is being the victim of bullying.  They watched a few movies on this theme, including the video that was filmed at Cassidy Lake last year by a group of former residents.  Click here to view the video…

Cassidy Lake staff members get certified in suicide prevention  

Portage Atlantic - Staff ASIST trainingAt the end of June, the entire staff at Cassidy Lake participated in the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Program. The Suicide Intervention Model, produced by a private company called LivingWorks, is described as “Suicide First-Aid” and is designed to keep a person safe until they are able to be connected with professional help. 

Portage Atlantic graduate awarded bursary 

Portage Atlantic - Lions bursary Amanda2Amanda, a Portage Atlantic graduate and fourth year psychology student at Saint Thomas University, was recently awarded a $1,000 bursary from the Ron Evans Bursary Fund for post-secondary studies.  
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Portage graduate presents moving testimonial to Delta Kappa Gamma women teachers group

The Delta Kappa Gamma women teachers group invited a Portage Atlantic representative and program graduate to speak about the Portage program at their Spring Conference in Fredericton on June 2. The DKG members were visibly moved by the graduate’s story as she shared her deepest moments of pain as a young mother of two battling a severe, life-shattering addiction to drugs.
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What’s Portage all about?

Portage 2For those who have never experienced or witnessed the transformation that occurs while in substance abuse rehabilitation therapy, it may be difficult to wrap your head around what treatment at Portage is all about.  This text seeks to give a general overview.
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Portage marks Mental Health Awareness Week 2012

Addiction and mental health are becoming increasingly interrelated, as many people who suffer from addiction may also have mental health issues.
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Portage celebrates its employees

Every four months, the employees at each Portage centre vote to recognise one of their colleagues for their outstanding work and contribution to the organisation, the staff team, and the therapeutic community.
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About Portage

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 39 years.  Portage Atlantic was established in 1996.

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Riverview Lions donate $2,000
Members of the Riverview Lions Club were on site at Cassidy Lake on June 27 to present a cheque for $2,000 to Portage Atlantic, which was used to purchase Judo mats and art supplies at the centre.
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Portage residents completes her high school studies
On June 15, Ashlee, a current Portage resident, received her high school adult diploma at a ceremony in Sussex. She is the first Portage resident to complete her adult high school studies at Portage Academy. Congratulates Ashlee on this momentous achievement!



June 29, 2012 – Telegraph Journal
‘Strides for Success’ to fund rehab centre Read

June 26, 2012 – Kings County Record
Rehabilitatoin centre raising money for recovery trailRead

June 26, 2012 – CNW Newswire
T4G challenges New Brunswick’s tech community to plug into the final ‘Stride for Success’ charity race Read


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Carol Tracey
Director of Development
Portage Atlantic

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