Portage Atlantic Summer 2016 
 Portage Atlantic 

Celebrating Portage Atlantic’s 20th anniversary 

PortageATL20Since 1996, some 2,000 youth have walked through the doors at Portage Atlantic’s drug addiction rehabilitation centre with the goal of turning their lives around. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Portage Atlantic has been reaching out to those whose lives have been touched by Portage over the past two decades, and helping them to tell their stories.
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Lewis Fitness Centre Sod Turning Ceremony

Lewis Fitness CentrePortage Atlantic staff members and youth were proud to welcome  representatives of the Lewis Fitness Centre Capital Campaign Committee and guests to the project’s official Sod Turning Ceremony on April 26, 2016.

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Portage Atlantic honours its volunteers 

Portage Atlantic VolunteersOn April 19, 2016, Portage Atlantic staff members, youth, and volunteers were on-hand at the rehabilitation centre for a special gathering to highlight the extraordinary contribution of Portage’s volunteers. “Portage Atlantic is a living testament of the hard work and perseverance volunteers have provided over the years,” said Portage staff member, Joelene Burgess.

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Portage Website

Portage’s website has been redesigned with the people who need our services in mind. Have a look at www.portage.ca.



Salisbury Lions Club makes a generous donation to Portage Atlantic

Addiction centre in Hungary visits Cassidy Lake to learn from the Portage model

Residents help create new positive activities board 

Portage at the New Brunswick First Nations Addictions Stakeholders Gathering



August 2 – Times & Transcript
Former addict credits program for incredible turnaround

June 17 – Truro Daily News
Shubenacadie teen shares experience at drug rehab centre

June 2 – Daily Gleaner
Portage Atlantic has been changing lives for 20 years

May 21 – Daily Gleaner
Portage Atlantic celebrates 20 years of helping teens overcome addiction

May 15 – Herald News
Recovering addict delivers stark warning on dangers of prescription drugs

Believe in a dream
“Portage was a new beginning for me. For the first time in my life I could express my feelings. I’d like to thank the staff and most of all my community of girls. Without the community I wouldn’t have learned so much about who I was. Even though Portage was just the beginning of my journey, it provided the foundation in my recovery.” – Alicia, Portage Atlantic graduate

Trades Orientation Program at Portage Atlantic

Trades OrientationThis spring, a seven-week Trades Orientation Program was offered to the youth in treatment at Portage Atlantic by the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. The program provided hands-on learning to students with an interest in the skilled trades.

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Portage Altantic brings its awareness-building Community Breakfast series to Nova Scotia

Community BreakfastAt the beginning of June, Portage Atlantic hosted community breakfasts in Sydney and Truro, Nova Scotia. An engaged and diverse group of community members came out for each of the events to discuss the topic of substance abuse among youth and to learn more about Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation program at Cassidy Lake.   

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McKesson Foundation donation purchases new bikes for the youth in treatment 

McKesson FoundationThanks to a very generous donation from long-time supporters, the McKesson Foundation, the youth in treatment at Portage Atlantic’s drug addiction rehabilitation centre eagerly welcomed ten new Rocky Mountain bicycles and new helmets from Outdoor Elements in Sussex this spring.  They have been enjoying the new bikes on the centre’s Recovery Trail through the woods and during off-site activities. 

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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, and Ontario, Portage helps clients to develop their self-esteem, confidence, and the competencies necessary to overcome addiction. For more information, click here.


Help us raise awareness!

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Portage Games – August 8-11

Portage Atlantic Recognition Ceremony and 20th Anniversary Celebration – October 2


Drug addiction and young women: Focusing on the various elements at play

Portage Workbook helps clients take control of their own recovery


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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