Hampton, September 19, 2010 – Portage Atlantic will be hosting its fourteenth Annual “Recognition Day” on Sunday, September 19th, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Hampton High School.
Recognition Day has special meaning to youth and families who have been supported by the Portage Program at Cassidy Lake. At this year’s ceremony, more than 50 youth from across Canada will be recognised for having completed various stages of the residential and aftercare components of the Program.
Much emphasis is placed on education at Portage and educational milestones will be recognised during the ceremony. Of the youth who will be recognised on Sunday, many are enrolled in post-secondary institutions and some have been awarded bursaries. Randy Davis, Educational Coordinator for Portage Atlantic, will acknowledge these recipients during the ceremony.
Dr. Russell H.T. King, Portage Atlantic Chairman, is pleased to announce that the guest speaker at this year’s Recognition Ceremony will be The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. His Honour will address the crowd with a special message prior to the presentation of awards and certificates.
The facility at Cassidy Lake is a residential treatment centre for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with serious substance abuse problems. The residential Portage program is bilingual and offered to youth from throughout Atlantic Canada. The approach to treatment is based on the therapeutic community model, which through positive peer pressure and role modeling, helps youth increase self-esteem by developing coping mechanisms and transferable skills.