Portage Québec Fall Newsletter 2015
Quebec Recognition Ceremony

Celebrating a bright future free from drug addiction

Montreal Recognition CeremonyGraduates from all of Portage’s drug rehabilitation programs in Québec gathered this fall at the Recognition Ceremonies in Québec City and Montréal to be recognised for all the hard work that they put into overcoming their drug addiction issues, and to celebrate the positive lifestyle they are now enjoying.
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A graduate swims across the Saint-Lawrence for Portage 

Marianne Traversee du Saint-LaurentMarianne was a prisoner to drug and alcohol abuse for five years before she began a drug addiction rehabilitation program at Portage Saint-Malachie.  Having successfully completed treatment, she participated in the Traversée du Saint-Laurent in August, which raised $40,000 for Portage. Read more…
Photo credit: Le Soleil, Jean-Marie Villeneuve

La Soirée des Grands Philanthropes: a resounding success! 

 Soiree des Grands PhilanthropesSeven hundred guests attended Portage’s 12th annual Soirée des Grands Philanthropes to support Portage and pay tribute to Jean-Guy Desjardins, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Fiera Capital. Read more…


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Nov. 1 – Global News
Graduates of Portage overcame life hurdles for their accomplishments

Oct. 23 – Québec Hebdo
Toxicomanie: des adolescents plus fragiles qu’avant

Oct. 18 – Le Soleil
Toxicomanie: repartir à zéro

Oct. 8 – Les francs-tireurs
Des parents excédés

Sept. 15 – Montreal Gazette
Portage comes back to West Island, opens new Pointe-Claire office

August 23 – Le Soleil
La rédemption de Marianne


National Addictions Awareness Week – Nov. 15-21

Portage testimonial

“Overcoming addiction is difficult, but now that it’s done, it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done.” – Marianne, Portage graduate and Grande Traversée participant

A new service centre in the West Island of Montréal

Portage Pointe-ClaireLast year’s relocation of Portage’s addiction rehabilitation centre for anglophone youth, from the West Island to the Laurentians, was difficult for the residents – above and beyond the challenges they were already facing in treatment. Portage’s new service point in Pointe-Claire has helped mitigate some of the challenges associated with the move, by providing youth and their families with access to services much closer to home. Read more…


Reawakening the desire to succeed at school 

Portage AcademyBack to school is a difficult time for many.  At the end of September, barely a month in, many youth who are struggling at school are suspended or expelled, and Portage sees an increase in admission requests at its drug addiction rehabilitation centres for youth.  How to ensure that these youth will not fall behind in their schooling while in treatment? 

10 warning signs that an adolescent may be abusing drugs 

Adolescence is a time of life when teenagers seek independence and when they want more than ever to be accepted by their peers. While this is perfectly normal, as parents, we often wonder what types of behaviours we need to question as possible indicators that our child is misusing or abusing drugs. Read more…

Help us raise awareness!

We’re planning a special online awareness campaign at the end of November. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the info and help us spread the word!



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, and Ontario, Portage helps clients to develop their self-esteem, confidence, and the competencies necessary to overcome addiction.  Portage has been operating drug rehabilitation centres in Canada since 1973.  For more information, click here.


A reading club for the children at the Habitations Communautaires Portage

Recovery Day celebrated in Québec for the first time!

Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart
Foundation supports Portage

Portage among the beneficiaries of the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund


Teamwork and physical activity help youth overcome drug addiction

Employee Recognition and New Staff Appointments Fall 2015 

Annual General Meeting and Governor Recognition 2015


For more information about fundraising activities:
Colette Taylor
Senior Director,
514-939-0202, ext. 123

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Communications Advisor

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