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Portage Ontario - Recognition Celebration 2012

Youth recognised for overcoming addiction issues

On Sunday, April 22, 2012 thirty young people from across Ontario were recognised for having worked through and overcome their substance abuse issues at Portage’s residential rehabilitation centre in Elora. This Recognition Celebration was a day filled with emotions as the graduates, along with their families, peers, and caseworkers came together to celebrate Freedom from Addiction and the positive lifestyle that these youth have been leading in their communities since leaving the program.  

“Drugs brought out the demons in my life. I ignored the people who cared about me, rejecting their love and support,” explained David, a Portage Elora graduate. “At Portage, I learned how to take control of my life and to work for what is most important to me: family and a successful future. Now I want to use my experience to help others. I will be starting college in September to become a Social Worker.”
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Over $112,000 raised for the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund at the sixth annual Portage Fresh Start

Portage Ontario - Fresh Start 2012Over two hundred guests gathered at the Toronto Botanical Gardens on May 29, 2012 for the sixth annual Portage Fresh Start Dinner and Auction. Through overwhelmingly generous donations and the purchase of auction items, the event successfully raised over $112,000, which will give twelve youth the chance to overcome their struggles with addiction this year at the Portage rehabilitation treatment centre in Elora, Ontario.
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Introducing Gaetano DiFalco, Portage Elora’s new Facility Director

Portage Ontario - Director Gaetano DiFalcoPortage is pleased to announce that Gaetano DiFalco, known by staff and residents as Gaetes, was appointed Facility Director of Portage Elora, effective May 1, 2012.  With twenty-one years of experience at Portage and having gone through the Portage program himself in 1991, Gaetes brings a wealth of experience to this new role.
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Portage Elora residents enjoy summer camp thanks to generous donors
Throughout the summer, all Portage Elora residents will have the opportunity to participate in the Portage Outward Bound Summer Camp program.  Portage Ontario would like to thank the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund and the Guelph Community Foundation Summer Camp Fund for their recent generous gifts, which have helped to create wonderful summer camp memories for our youth in treatment who are exploring, learning, swimming, building friendships, and having fun under the sun right now.
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Portage Ontario - Outward Bound 2012

Summer Activities at Portage Elora
Residents and staff members at Portage Elora are taking advantage of the summer months with a slew of outdoor recreational, leisure, and volunteer activities.
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July 3, 2012 – Toronto Star
Fresh Air Fund 2012: Teen puts her healing journey into a bouquet of rhyme


Portage Ontario - Testimonial

“The staff members were supportive and I learned to trust them. I learned to respect myself more and learned many coping mechanisms to overcome my addiction and to distance myself from negative friends.  Thanks to Portage, I learned to use my stubbornness in a positive way to push myself. I am here today to tell you that I survived.”
– Julie, Portage Ontario graduate

Julie’s story of overcoming addiction

As a result of her parent’s addiction issues, Julie was moved to foster care when she was only two years old.  She grew up with her foster parents and many foster brothers and sisters, sheltered from drugs.  She was very active in school until she went to high school, where she fell in with the wrong crowd. “I started experimenting with drugs in Grade 9 and got in trouble with the law.  I got my first youth charge for assault.”
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$55,000 to Portage Ontario from the  Cornerstone 52/Portage Golf Tournament

Portage Ontario - Cornerstone 52 Golf TournamentOn June 18, 2012, 140 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the scenic and challenging golf course at Thornhill Country Club for the annual Cornerstone 52/Portage Golf Tournament.
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Annual Campaign 2011-2012,
a resounding success!

The 2011-2012 Portage Ontario Annual Campaign, in support of the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund, the Continuing Care and Family Program, the Portage Outward Bound Program, and the Volunteer and Community Engagement Program, wrapped up on a positive note on May 31, 2012, surpassing its $400,000 goal.  The Portage Ontario Board would like to thank the many individuals, foundations, and corporations who stepped forward to support Portage this year.  We would also like to recognise the leadership and dedication of Ms. Mina Wallace, Executive Vice President, Global Services and Support, Asia Operations, of IBM Software Group, who chaired this year’s campaign and helped Portage achieve a 30% increase over last year’s campaign goal.

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What’s Portage all about?

Portage 2For those who have never experienced or witnessed the transformation that occurs while in substance abuse rehabilitation therapy, it may be difficult to wrap your head around what treatment at Portage is all about.  This text seeks to give a general overview.
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Portage marks Mental Health Awareness Week 2012

Addiction and mental health are becoming increasingly interrelated, as many people who suffer from addiction may also have mental health issues.
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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 39 years.  Portage Ontario was established in 1985.

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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 Corporate Affairs and Development
Portage Ontario


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