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MIRE signs a new agreement with

Portage QC bulletin_MIRE.jpgThe MIRE Program (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) is a non-profit organisation that was created in April 2002 by the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon in partnership with the Portage Program for Drug Dependencies Inc.  Their common goal: to develop an efficient and innovative approach to help adults who are living in poverty to find employment.  Since October 2008, MIRE has been fully financed by Emploi-Québec.

MIRE has been negotiating annual financing agreements with Emploi-Québec for the past three years, and the third one has just been signed for the period of July 1, 2010 through until June 30, 2011.  All the recruitment and job placement targets set out in last year’s agreement were achieved and surpassed by the MIRE Program.
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Portage Golf Tournaments – Success after success!

The Beauce Golf Club in Sainte Marie hosted the 16th edition of the Québec City Portage Golf Open on June 7th.  The event, which was presided over by honourary chair, Cominar President and CEO Michel Dallaire, raised a total of $60,000 for the Portage Foundation.

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Back row, left to right: Tom Lemieux, Vice Président of the Kamouraska region – Chaudière-Appalaches, Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec; Denis Lefrançois, Director of Sales, Mercedes-Benz of Québec;Guy Royer, Director of Events and Promotions, Services financiers SFL.
Front row, left to right:
René Rouleau, President and CEO, La Capitale groupe financier; Colette Taylor, Senior Director of Development, Portage; Michel Dallaire, Honourary chair of the tournament, President and CEO, Cominar; Alban D’Amours, President and CEO of Mouvement Desjardins from 2000 à 2008 and Gaston Bédard, Vice Président of Consulting services to credit unions, Mouvement Desjardins.

The 13th edition of the Montréal Portage Golf Open was held at the Laval sur le Lac Club on June 14th.  With the involvement of a motivated organising committee of business people, the tournament was a resounding success, bringing in $150,000.  A cheque was presented to Portage by the tournament’s honorary chair, Mr. Stéphane Boisvert, President – Bell Business Markets, Bell Canada.

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From left to right : Peter Howlett, President of Portage, Sylvie Giguère, Vice President of Sales, Business Markets, Bell Canada, Colette Taylor, Senior Director of Development, Portage and Stéphane Boisvert, President, Business Markets, Bell Canada.

Portage would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the participants, sponsors and generous donors, as well as the organising committee: Sylvie Giguère, Tournament Chair, Gaston Bédard, Luc Gastonguay, Richard Nadeau, Pierre Paquet and Lyne Rouleau.  We would also like to thank the volunteers who helped make these events a success, particularly those who have been supporting our organisation as volunteers since the very first Portage Golf Open, and who come back year after year: Madeleine Baranyai, Nicole Laferrière, Sonia Chami, Robert Côté, and Ghislaine Bilodeau.

EVENTS MICA celebrates its 15th anniversary
The remarkable collaboration between Montréal’s psychiatric community and Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) Program has helped more than 800 people reclaim their lives from substance abuse since the program was first established in 1995.  On October 12th, the MICA Program will be hosting a reception to celebrate its 15th anniversary and the success of the program.

Back to school at Portage Academy!
All Portage centres for youth offer mandatory on-site school programming, recognised by local school boards and adapted to the needs of the residents.  Whereas in the past many Portage residents have struggled with school and some have even abandoned their studies altogether, Portage Academy helps them rediscover their academic abilities and often reawakens the drive to complete secondary school and even to go on to post-secondary studies.

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Photo: Portage Academy school at the Portage Lac Écho centre.
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“In 2008, Jean-Louis attempted to commit suicide twice. I would not have a son if it were not for Portage. Thank you for supporting him on this journey. Portage helped him realise that his family had an important role to play in his rehabilitation process. As far as I’m concerned, his experience at Portage has been a 100% success.  For our family, the sun is now rising again thanks to Portage.” – The father of a graduate from Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) Program.

Portage West Island celebrates its High School graduates

Portage QC bulletin_West Island Graduation.jpgOn June 22nd, 2010, Portage West Island held a high school graduation and awards ceremony for the nine residents who completed their secondary studies at Portage Academy this year.  Surrounded by family, friends, and members of the community, these young people were presented with their Lester B. Pearson School Board High School Leaving Certificates.
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Portage Saint-Malachie now part of a regional mental health corridor

Portage QC bulletin_SM corridor sante mentale.jpgThe Portage Saint Malachie centre for adolescents will soon be better equipped to serve its residents who may have mental health problems.  Last April, Portage signed an agreement with five partners in the mental health field in the Chaudière Appalaches region, granting preferential access to a mental health services corridor to Saint-Malachie residents. 
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Celebrating the staff at Portage

Portage is very proud of the quality of its personnel at the Portage centres across Canada, many of whom have been with the organisation for a long time.  To celebrate and show appreciation for the dedication and hard work of its employees, Portage has recently established an Employee Recognition Program.

The program recognises staff members who have been carrying out the Portage mission for over five years, marking each five year anniversary with a commemorative pin.  Those who have been with the organisation for over ten years also receive a small gift (and for every five year-mark that follows).

Employees are at the very heart of Portage’s mission, contributing immensely every day to the rehabilitation process of our residents.

The following five people, who have devoted over 25 years to Portage, are of particular note:

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Executive Director
36 years of service

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Unit Manager – External services
32 years of service

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Accounting Clerk – Lac Écho
31 years of service

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Clinical Advisor
29 years of service

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Accreditation Coordinator
25 years of service

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Portage is accredited!

 News_Accreditation2.jpgPortage is pleased to announce that its rehabilitation services are now accredited by Accreditation Canada.  This recognition is the culmination of a process that started in 2007, which sought to obtain certification for the quality of services provided at Portage, the capabilities of its employees, and the managerial expertise of the organisation.
The four surveyors from Accreditation Canada who visited the participating Portage centres during the week of June 7-11, were especially struck by the dedication, involvement, and creativity of the staff.  They noted Portage’s continuous quest for best practices and its approach based on the needs of residents and their families as among the organisation’s greatest strengths.
Portage is pleased to have participated in the accreditation process and is committed to maintaining the standards that have earned this certification, while continuously bettering its service in all areas.
The only Portage establishment to have yet to obtain accreditation is the centre in Keremeos, BC, which was not yet established when the accreditation process began.  It will be accredited sometime next year.

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GAIN Program update

Portage is currently in the process of preparing for the implementation of the GAIN (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs) system for the assessment of all new residents.  Staff training is moving along rapidly and the technical preparations are in process.  The GAIN is an evidence-based assessment technique that has received widespread recognition.  It will replace the IGT assessment, providing Portage with a more powerful tool for the initial establishment of each new resident’s treatment plan.

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Research results

Portage is committed to the evaluation of its programs and services in order to continuously improve its service offering.  To validate the impact of Portage’s treatment approach, the Research Department coordinates program reviews, surveys, and research projects.
A formal research project was carried out from January 2003 to October 2008 on the adult and adolescent residents who spent more than fifteen days in therapy at Portage’s Lac Écho centre in Québec. It was performed under the direction of Dr. Serge Brochu and Louis-Georges Cournoyer of the Université de Montréal.

The research highlights are available:
Youth population at Lac Écho (January 2003-October 2008)
Adult population at Lac Écho (January 2003-October 2008)

The research demonstrates that:

•    After treatment at Portage, there is a high rate of sustained sobriety – excellent results in a field where relapse is expected;
•    After treatment at Portage, there is a significant reduction in the use of hard drugs;
•    After treatment at Portage, clients can better contribute to and participate in the community, which leads to harm reduction and increased benefits for society;
•    The longer the length of time in therapy, the greater the success.

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 35 years.

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NEWSBITES Portage Saint-Malachie welcomes residents’ families to its first open house
On June 24, 2010, Portage Saint-Malachie hosted its first open house on the occasion of Saint-Jean Baptiste Day.  Residents welcomed their parents for a fun day of activities, such as the construction of an Amerindian teepee and a giant water fight.  They also enjoyed a beautiful buffet dinner on the facility’s large balcony.
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A camping trip for the children of La Ribambelle Day Care at the Mother and Child centre
The children of Portage’s Mother and Child Day Care facility went on a two day camping trip to Oka beach in June.  Accompanied by their teachers, the six children (aged 3 to 5 years) played in the park, went swimming, went for a walk in the forest, and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the camp fire.  The kids had a fantastic time but were pretty tired by the end of the day!  They quickly fell asleep in the tent at bedtime.

A night out at the circus for Portage residents
On July 21 and 22, 2010, several groups of residents from Portage centres in Québec spent a night out at the circus. Residents from Portage Saint-Malachie and from the Portage Day Centre in Québec City were given tickets for a Cirque du Soleil performance and residents from Portage West Island Lac Écho received tickets from Montréal Complètement Cirque.
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The children of Portage’s Mother and Child Centre’s La Ribambelle present their trip to Québec City
On August 4th 2010, three young children from the Mother and Child Program’s day care centre and two case workers went to visit the staff members at Portage Lac Écho to tell them about their trip to Québec City at the end of September.  They also had a little bake sale for the staff, selling cookies that they had made the night before at the Mother and Child centre.
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Portage rehabilitation centres making the most of summertime
To take advantage of the pleasant summer weather, Portage centres have been providing interesting and enjoyable outdoor recreational programming for the residents during the past few months.
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Back-to-school kick-starts sociocultural programming at Portage Saint-Malachie
Portage Saint-Malachie residents went back to school on August 31.  The teachers started the day off with a morning full of activities and a corn on the cob roast.  A new schedule has been established at Portage Academy to provide for an hour and a half of sociocultural programming every day.  This programming will prepare residents for social reintegration, helping them to get interested in the work force by providing them with opportunities to visit companies.



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