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Portage Ontario takes to dog sledding

Two groups of residents from Portage Elora recently returned from the first ever dog-sledding expeditions in partnership with Outward Bound.  The gender-specific groups of seven adolescent girls and ten adolescent boys braved rain, snow, and -30°C temperatures at different points of their five-day treks in Algonquin Park.  Read more…

Ready for a Fresh Start?

Portage ON news_Fresh Start2.jpgThis year’s Fresh Start Dinner and Auction will take place on June 8th in a private garden in Rosedale, Toronto.  Portage Governors, Dr. Peter and Susan Schaal, have once again offered to open their home for this intimate garden party.

The purpose of the Fresh Start event is to raise awareness and funds in support of the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund.  Read more…

Family Day
Portage Elora now hosts monthly Family Days where family members and caregivers can learn about addiction and recovery and become more involved in their child’s program.  The two-hour support groups, facilitated by social workers, also prepare family members to help their child with reintegration into society once treatment is completed.

Participants give and receive support, discuss concerns, ask questions, and share information and resources.  They have lunch at Portage Elora and spend the afternoon visiting their child and the rest of the Portage community.

Rock Climbing Program
Thirteen Portage Elora residents took part in a six-week rock climbing course at the nearby Guelph Grotto Climbing Gym.  They learned a series of climbing techniques, as well as how to tie knots and belay each other.  The program has helped residents work on trusting themselves and their peers, building their self-assurance, and also having confidence that the person on the other end of the rope will catch them if they fall.  They were encouraged to set specific goals for themselves and challenged to push their limits, both physically and mentally.

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“Rock climbing has been amazing. I faced a fear of heights and conquered it. I learned to have and give trust to my peers. That was hard but each time it got easier. I built confidence in myself by starting off with smaller, easier walls and then went on to the harder ones. It felt amazing reaching goals that I had set for myself. It takes practice but when I built up enough strength and confidence, I conquered the wall!”
– Kat, Portage Elora resident

Portage Elora’s gym gets a facelift thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation grant

Portage ON news_Trillium Grant Gym2.jpgSports and recreation are key elements of the Portage therapeutic program – fundamental to the residents’ long-term health and recovery process.  A $15,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation last May has gone towards improving the athletic experience for Portage Ontario residents, with an upgrade to the gymnasium floor and the purchase of new sports equipment.  Read more…

New Portage Ontario Board Member

Portage ON news_Sally Bongard2.jpgAt their September 23rd, 2009 meeting, the Portage Ontario Board welcomed a new member: Sally Birks Bongard.  Sally also sits on the Portage Ontario Campaign Committee and the Portage Communications Committee.

Sally is the President of Hennessy and Associates, a consulting firm that acts as a funding strategist for cultural organisations. She has more than twenty years of experience working in development and sponsorship for charitable institutions and corporations across the country.

“The concept of allowing young people to heal themselves from addiction is powerful and it is this approach that Portage has taken with proven success. I’d like to make a difference in building awareness and support for the good work Portage does.”
                                                                                       – Sally Birks Bongard

Portage across Canada
Metamorphosis Day

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February 14th is the anniversary of the opening of the first Portage centre in Prévost, Québec.  The Metamorphosis Day event was celebrated across the country this year. Read more…



Portage’s Accreditation Process 

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Having received primary accreditation in 2008, Portage now has its sights set on full accreditation for the end of 2010.  Representatives from Accreditation Canada will be visiting each Portage centre from June 7-10, 2010, after which they will produce an evaluation report on the measures that have been put in place since their last visit.

Accreditation will recognise Portage for the quality of the services
provided, the capabilities of the employees, and the expertise of the
organisation.  Recognition from Accreditation Canada demonstrates that
Portage is engaged in a continuous process of improving the quality of
its services.

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 35 years. Portage Ontario was established in 1985.

Read more about Portage’s mission, vision, and values.


For admissions information please contact our centre in Elora, Ontario:
Tel. 519-846-0945
Fax 519-846-5703

For the Portage Ontario Board, Campaign, and volunteer activities, please contact:

Jennifer Blunt
Director of Development, Portage Ontario



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