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Portage ATL News - Cassidy Lake

A new Senior Mentor Program at Portage Atlantic receives funding from the Government of Canada

With $50,000 of funding from the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program, Portage Atlantic has launched a new Senior Mentor Program at the Cassidy Lake centre.  Through the Senior Mentor Program, five youth who have completed their rehabilitation therapy at Portage will be employed as mentors for new residents at Cassidy Lake during a 26 week period.  Working 40 hours a week, they will assist new residents with their adjustment into the residential therapeutic community and will help them make the most of their treatment.
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Portage Atlantic’s “Hands On” Landscaping Project

Portage ATL News - Landscaping 2September 21st, 2010 marked the beginning of a landscaping project at Portage Atlantic’s residential rehabilitation substance abuse treatment centre at Cassidy Lake.  The objective of the project is to bring Portage residents and the community together to create a beautiful outdoor surrounding to complement the new centre.  The kick-off for this project was made possible in part by the RCMP Foundation, the Riverview Lions, and Frederick Hann Associates Ltd.  
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Portage Atlantic makes a presentation to l’Association des parents francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick

On November 13th, 2010 Cassidy Lake Unit Manager Luc Desjardins attended the annual meeting of l’Association des parents francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick in Edmundston. Mr. Desjardins addressed the audience of about 200 parents to provide information about the services provided at Portage Atlantic for youth struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.  Following his address, Dominic, a Portage Atlantic resident and Edmundston native took the podium to share his own experiences leading up to admittance to Portage. Dominic told his story of how he came to be a resident at Portage Atlantic’s residential treatment centre at Cassidy Lake, and reflected on how his life has changed as he has progressed throughout the program. 
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Portage Atlantic chosen for the Forzani Group’s “Power of Sports for Kids” Program

Portage ATL News - ForzaniAs a beneficiary of The Foranzi Group’s Power of Sports for Kids Program, Portage Atlantic has received over $4,000 worth of sporting equipment and a monetary donation of $5,000. The Cassidy Lake centre is now stocked with new hockey sticks, basketballs, volleyballs, knee pads, yoga mats, strength training balls, skipping ropes, and two free-standing basketball nets, among other things.  All donated sporting goods were provided by the Sport Chek store in Fredericton.
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Portage Atlantic is pleased to announce the release of a new promotional video, which will help teachers, health care providers, prospective clients and their family members, as well as the general public gain better insight into what the Cassidy Lake rehabilitation centre is all about. This seven-minute video provides a look into what it means to seek residential treatment at Portage Atlantic. 

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Marie-Claude Blais, the new Attorney General, Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs

Marie-Claude Blais has resigned from her position on the Portage Atlantic Board of Directors following her recent appointment as New Brunswick’s new Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs. Ms. Blais expressed her regret upon leaving the Portage Atlantic Board and remains very interested in the organisation’s work.

Marie-Claude Blais has practiced law in the Moncton area for the past twelve years and is a wife and a mother of twins. Portage wishes her all the best in her new appointment and thanks her for her influential support during the Making Miracles Happen capital campaign.  
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Portage ATL News - Breakfast Jared

“Addiction for me, for everyone really, is a monster. It took me somewhere in life I never wanted to go. It was dark, depressing, and horrible,” said Jared, a Portage graduate at the Portage Atlantic breakfast in Quispamsis, NB.  “I’ll never forget what Portage did for my life, it saved me.” 

Holiday Season Volunteer Recognition: A time for looking back and saying “Thank you”

Portage ATL News - VolunteersVolunteers are an integral part of Portage Atlantic. Without the help of local service clubs, businesses, individuals, and a dedicated regional Board of Directors, Portage Atlantic would be a very different organisation –undoubtedly one with fewer successes to share.

On Wednesday November 24th, Portage staff and residents came together to say a big “Thank You!” to all of its wonderful volunteers at the 2010 Holiday Season Volunteer Recognition gathering. It was the perfect way to wrap up a very special year: a festive lunch among friends where personal reflections were shared. Together, participants looked back fondly on the community’s accomplishments for Portage Atlantic in 2010 and expressed their eagerness to continue their good work in 2011.

Portage Atlantic is proud and pleased to be able to recognise and thank the community for the incredibly generous support it receives from volunteers year after year. 

Christmas party for the youth at Cassidy Lake

It isn’t easy being in residential treatment over the holidays and during special occasions, but every year, members of the District N-1 Lions Club take it upon themselves to make sure that Cassidy Lake youth have a Merry Christmas despite being away from home. On December 5th, residents enjoyed a very special day with the Lions. As always, Santa Claus was present and in fine form, handing out gifts from the residents’ wish lists.

This yearly tradition truly embodies the spirit of giving and is greatly appreciated by Cassidy Lake staff members, residents, and their families. The generosity of the Lions brings a lot joy to Portage Atlantic every holiday season and throughout the year. Once again, thank you Lions! 

Portage Atlantic Community Breakfast in Quispamsis

Portage ATL News - Breakfast George Gould 2A Portage Atlantic Community Breakfast was held on October 5th in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Over 50 people from the Kennebecasis Valley region were in attendance, including representatives from regional health providers, schools, youth groups, as well as from the RCMP, the provincial government, the local police force, and other interested parties. 
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Accreditation Canada grants unconditional accreditation to Portage!

                                            News_Accreditation2.jpgPortage has obtained unconditional accreditation thanks to the substantial collaborative efforts of its Governors and its organisational team members over the past four years. Accreditation recognises Portage for the quality of the services it provides, the abilities of its employees, and the expertise of the organisation. Recognition by Accreditation Canada demonstrates Portage’s commitment to the ongoing improvement process surrounding the quality of its services.
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The Holidays at Portage

Portage News - HolidaysIn the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Portage centres across Canada geared up for the Holiday Season, decorating the facilities and holding special activities and events for the residents.
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The 2010 Portage Employee Recognition Ceremonies

Portage ATL News - Employee RecognitionThe employees at Portage – both clinical and administrative – are at the very heart of the organisation’s mission, contributing immensely every day to the rehabilitation process of our residents. Portage is very proud of the quality of its personnel at the Portage centres across Canada, many of whom have been with the organisation for a long time.  

Given that it is the first year of the program, all staff members with at least five years of service were recognised.  Of the 114 staff members celebrated, fifty-seven people have devoted more than five years to Portage, twenty-eight people have provided more than ten years, eighteen people have provided more than fifteen years, eight people have provided more than twenty years, two people have provided more than twenty-five years, one person has provided more than thirty years, and our Executive Director, Peter Vamos, has provided more than thirty-five years of service to Portage.
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Annual General Meeting 2010

Portage’s Annual General Meeting took place on November 18, 2010 at the Saint-James Club in Montréal. Portage Governors and staff members were in attendance and, after participating in the business of the meeting, shared a wonderful dinner together.

Remembrance Day at Cassidy Lake
On November 11th Cassidy Lake residents and staff members took a time out of the regular schedule to remember the sacrifices of WWII war veterans. Major David Dickson visited the centre for the third consecutive year to speak to the residents and staff about his experiences in the war and about life as a WWII veteran. Portage Atlantic is grateful that Major David Dickson honoured the centre with a visit on Remembrance Day to share this part of Canadian history with the residents, as we thank him and all other veterans for their service.

Training session helps staff members put themselves in new residents’ shoes
In early October, Portage Atlantic staff members underwent a day-long training session of group meetings and orientation procedures to help them better understand the new resident’s perspective.  
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Visitors and new programs at Cassidy Lake
There has been a lot of activity at Portage Atlantic’s Cassidy Lake rehabilitation centre over the past few months, as several new programs and services have become available and as residents and staff members welcome guests to tour the new facility.
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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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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.

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