Portage Ontario Winter 2014 Newsletter
Portage Ontario Recognition 2014

Ontario youth recognised for success overcoming addiction

 Portage Ontario Recognition Daniel speech 2 Thirty-five youth from across Ontario returned to Portage Elora on November 19 to be recognised for having successfully completing their substance abuse rehabilitation program, and having maintained a positive drug-free lifestyle ever since.  Family, staff members, peers, and friends of Portage were on hand to celebrate this remarkable achievement.
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Accreditation Canada accredits Portage with Exemplary Standing

Accreditation CanadaPortage is very proud to announce that its accreditation standing with Accreditation Canada has been increased to that of Exemplary Standing, as of December 10, 2013.  Accreditation Canada, an external authority, has recognised Portage’s dedication to continuously improving the quality of our services and ensuring the safety of our clients.
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Aftercare at Portage Ontario: Life after rehab

The residential phase of Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation program is a time of intense work and profound learning, as residents build their self-esteem and acquire skills to help them in their long-term struggle for sobriety.  Once back out in the real world, Portage Ontario’s Aftercare Program provides them with support and encouragement to maintain the positive lifestyle they adopted while in treatment.
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Mark your calendars!

ABBAmania and Bee Gees Concert with Cornerstone 52 Foundation – March 28, 2014

Hit the Bricks Adventure Race – June 1, 2014


Ministry of Children & Youth Services recognises Portage Ontario for its contribution to society

Portage Ontario recognises its staff members for their years of service

Portage Elora residents running a bike shop at the rehabilitation centre

Portage Ontario youth involved with the community


Nov. 6, 2013 – The Globe and Mail
Party Photos of the Week – Portage Ontario Fresh Start

Oct. 23, 2013 – Snapd Downtown Toronto
Fresh Start Dinner and Auction

Portage Ontario Outward Bound

“I believe that success is a journey not a destination. Every time I make the drive to Portage I remember the first time I came here.  Coming to Portage was one of the hardest decisions of my life.   The Portage program helped me to realise that it wasn’t just the drugs that were the problem; it was also how I viewed myself. Over time in the program I gained confidence and when I left, it was with my head held high. I don’t think I would have made it here today if it weren’t for Portage. There have been some rocky roads and some flat tires on my journey, and I haven’t reached my destination yet. But I’m well on my way, thanks to Portage.” – Tyler, Portage Ontario graduate

Jesse’s story of overcoming his addiction issues at Portage Elora

Portage Ontario graduate Jesse with Director Gaetano DiFalco“When I was drunk I would try anything,” says Jesse of his torturous years of drug addiction. At the tender age of 11, he took his first sip of alcohol, succumbing to a heady feeling of peer pressure from his own babysitter. By the time he was 13, he was spiraling down a vortex of addiction to MDMA, cocaine, and anything else he could get his hands on.
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Portage Ontario mourns the loss of Father John, a dedicated volunteer and inspiration to the youth

Portage Ontario Father JohnFor nearly twenty years, Father John Burke was a vibrant and magnetic force in the Portage Elora community, volunteering his time to help the youth in rehabilitation treatment.  Known affectionately at the centre as FJ, Father John provided guidance and reassurance to residents and staff members alike, seeking out what was remarkable about each of the youth to help them to see the beauty and strength within themselves.
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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 celebrates its 41st anniversary!

Aftercare: Working to better leverage community services to respond to client needs

Employee Recognition and New Staff Appointments

Annual General Meeting and Governor Recognition 2013


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Tel. 519-846-0945

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Jennifer Blunt
Director of Corporate Affairs and Development, Portage Ontario


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