Portage QC - Fete de la reconnaissance Montreal 2011

Montréal Recognition Ceremony 2011 honours Portage graduates

On October 16, 2011, the Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montréal’s Place des Arts was filled to the brim for Portage’s Recognition Ceremony, where the courageous individuals who have overcome their addiction issues this year at one of Portage’s substance abuse rehabilitation centres in the Montréal region were honoured. 230 graduates of Portage’s programs for adolescents, adults, mothers with young children, pregnant women, and people with mental illness, celebrated their victory over substance abuse, surrounded by their family and friends, Portage staff members, and supporters.

It was a very emotional ceremony with many touching moments.  Two young residents from the Portage centre in Saint-Malachie performed a rap, which they had written as an apology to their mothers for the pain that they had caused them. The audience barely had the chance to dry their eyes before being moved once again by a heartfelt testimonial from a young Portage graduate and her parents.
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Portage receives $1.2 million at the Soirée des Grands Philanthropes

Portage QC - Soiree Grands Philanthropes 2011Portage’s Soirée des Grands Philanthropes, a Tribute Evening to Serge Godin, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of CGI, was held on September 22, 2011, in the Salle des pas perdus of Montréal’s Windsor Station. A resounding success, this year’s event brought together many business leaders in the Montréal community to raise a record $1.2 million for Portage’s substance abuse rehabilitation programs.
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Dedication of the adolescents’ pavillion at Portage Prévost to Marcelle and Jean Coutu

Portage QC - Pavillon adolescents Marcelle et Jean CoutuOn August 24th, Portage Prévost residents, staff members, and guests welcomed Marcelle and Jean Coutu, as they presided over the dedication of the adolescents’ pavilion that now bears their name: Pavillon Marcelle & Jean Coutu.

“Thanks to the exemplary generosity of these founders and great partners of Portage, we have implemented programs that have had, and continue to have, great influence on thousands of adolescents struggling with substance abuse problems, and who too often drop out of school,” stated Peter Howlett, President of Portage, in a brief address.
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Québec City Recognition Ceremony
On November 6, the Portage centres in the Québec City region will honour all those who have completed their substance abuse rehabilitation and employment reintegration programs.  For more information, please contact Claudia Savard, Director of the Portage Day Centre in Québec City, at 418-524-0320 ot at csavard@portage.ca.


Portage Olympics Week
On August 16, 2011, seventy adolescents and 20 staff members from all of Portage’s centres in Québec, plus a delegation from the New Brunswick centre, gathered at the Portage centre in Prévost, in the Laurentian Mountains for the 2011 Portage Olympics.
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Portage News - Olympiades 2011

Portage presents its Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers Program to the Société québécoise de la schizophrénie
On September 13, 2011, Mr. Antonio Maturo, director of Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) Program, presented the MICA program to the Société québécoise de la schizophrénie (SQS), along with a psychiatrist, a graduate of the program, and the father of a graduate.  The conference was greatly appreciated by attendees, who engaged in a lively question and answer period.  The audience was touched by the testimonials given by the Portage graduate and father, which helped them gain a better understanding of Portage’s services.


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“It’s not the way you fall down that people remember,” stated a graduate at the Recognition Ceremony, “but how you pull yourself back up.”

Support for Portage’s Mother and Child Program from the Government of Québec and the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon

Since its creation in 2005, Portage’s Mother and Child Program has been jointly funded by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon. Portage is pleased to announce that these two partners have agreed to extend their funding of the Mother and Child Program until March 2013. With this funding, Portage can continue to provide substance abuse rehabilitation services to this vulnerable clientele, helping even more pregnant women and mothers to overcome their addiction issues.
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Portage Saint-Malachie – A new centre and  new opportunities for personal development

Portage QC - Saint-MalachieThe building and renovations at the Portage Saint-Malachie’s new centre are nearly complete, the site now featuring two modern pavilions. Residents are greatly appreciating the new spacious and functional set-up, a secure and comfortable environment in which to get well. New areas have been designed to further help residents expand their personal development horizons while they focus on their substance abuse rehabilitation.
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Portage Canada
Portage Academy

Portage AcademyAll Portage rehabilitation centres for youth provide 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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Portage Canada
Portage has a new website!

Portage News - WebsitePortage.ca has a brand new look and feel, designed to be more user-friendly and to provide more of the information that our visitors are looking for.  Whether you are seeking information about substance abuse rehabilitation for yourself or a loved one, or if you are interested in our organisation’s work and would like to get involved, there is a section designed specifically for you.  Please visit www.portage.ca.

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 38 years.

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NEWSBITES A MIRE participant will be on Télé-Québec!
A MIRE (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) participant from group 91 will be part of a new thirteen-episode Télé-Québec documentary series, which is presently shooting to be aired in 2012.
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Portage-Québec Employee Excellence Gala
Portage-Québec’s first Employee Excellence Gala took place on June 14, 2011. Staff members dressed in their best to come out for this special evening that recognised them for the dedication and enthusiasm that they bring to their work every day.
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October 16, 2011 – Canoe.ca
Un nouveau départ pour 203 personnesRead

October 5, 2011 – La Presse
Soirée des Grands Philanthropes : 1 200 000 $ remis à PortageRead

August 31, 2011 – Radio-Canada
Quand le sevrage devient dangeureuxListen



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