Portage Ontario Fall Newsletter 2013
Portage Elora Nature Walk

$135,000 raised to give Ontario youth a Fresh Start

Portage Ontario Fresh Start DaisiesOn October 22, 2013, two hundred guests gathered in Toronto for the seventh annual Fresh Start Dinner and Auction, in support of the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund. The proceeds of the event will provide the opportunity for an extra twelve Ontario youth to overcome their substance abuse issues this year at the Portage Elora residential drug rehabilitation centre.
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Portage Ontario celebrates Addiction Recovery Awareness Month at Recovery Day

Portage Ontario Recovery DayJoining health and addiction rehabilitation organisations across the country, Portage celebrated Canada’s second annual Recovery Day on September 8, 2013.  Portage Ontario staff members and graduates attended Recovery Day rallies in Ottawa and Toronto, and one of the graduates, invited up on stage by the mayor of Ottawa, spoke proudly to the crowd about his journey from addiction to recovery.  He was enthusiastically applauded for his eight months and two weeks of sobriety, and stated that without Portage, he may not have made it.
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Mark your calendars!

Portage Ontario Recognition Ceremony – November 17, 2013

National Addictions Awareness Week – November 18-24, 2013


Cornerstone 52 Golf Tournament raises funds for Portage Ontario

Portage Outward Bound Summer Camp 2013

Portage Elora residents as volunteer cooks at the Kitchen in the Park Project

Portage Elora residents help build bicycles for the less fortunate

Portage Elora hockey tournament with probation officers

Portage Ontario Testimonial

“I learned so much about myself. They helped me understand who I actually am, and helped me heal all the deep wounds I had. It did take me a while to open up; but they were patient with me and listened even when I didn’t speak a word.” – Daniel, Portage Elora graduate

Daniel’s story from addiction to recovery at Portage Elora

Portage Ontario Testimonial 2At the Portage Ontario Fresh Start event this fall, Daniel bravely stood in front of two hundred strangers to tell them about the traumas of his past that lead to his drug problems and criminal convictions.  He explained how, while in treatment at Portage, he learned to better understand himself, so that he could work on healing the deep wounds that he had been carrying for years.
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Martha is helping Portage residents paint a brighter future for themselves

Portage Ontario - MarthaArt therapy is among the many programs offered at Portage Academy, where specialised and dedicated instructors like art teacher Martha Bahula are inspiring residents to renew their interest in their studies.  In art therapy classes, practical projects teaching basic drawing, painting, and sculpting skills are challenging students to expand their horizons and express themselves creatively. According to Martha, “it is through the process of artistic thinking that a very therapeutic environment gradually flourishes, especially when it is facilitated with perseverance, patience, and music.”
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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, Ontario, and British Columbia, Portage helps clients to develop their self-esteem, confidence, and the competencies necessary to overcome addiction. For more information, click here.

 Portage Ontario was established in 1985.




Portage has once again been accredited by Accreditation Canada

Portage Olympics bring together residents from all Eastern Canadian Portage centres

Back to school 2013

Employee Recognition Autumn 2013


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Jennifer Blunt
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