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A new home

Portage’s Adolescent Program, which has been located in Saint-Damien-de-Buckland since 1999, has now moved to Saint-Malachie, Québec.  Residents and staff began settling in last November.

The Portage Foundation acquired the 14-acre site, located on a beautiful mountainside by a salmon river.  Current residents enjoy many outdoor activities on-site and potential residents who visit the centre are very enthusiastic about the prospect of undergoing their therapy in such a welcoming environment.  The positive atmosphere of the new site is an important component of the therapeutic process at Saint-Malachie.

The relocation was a major undertaking for all involved.  Special thanks to the centre’s director, Serge Comeau, and his staff members.

Portage’s Fundraising Campaign

Portage’s 2009-2010 Fundraising Campaign is now well on its way under the honourary presidency of Mr. Alban D’Amours, Past President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group for the Montréal campaign, and by Mr. René Rouleau, Chairman of the Board and CEO at La Capitale Financial Group in Québec City for the Québec City campaign.

Portage would like to thank all of our Campaign Cabinet members for their commitment and support.

2009 Tribute Event
Last fall, Portage hosted its sixth annual benefit evening to raise money for the Portage Foundation.  Each year, the event honours a noted business leader who has shown tremendous commitment to the community.   Last fall, the honour was bestowed upon former Domtar President and CEO, Raymond Royer.

Held under the honourary presidency of Transcontinental President and CEO, François Olivier, the evening raised the extraordinary sum of $475,000 for the Portage Foundation. Among the 550 guests in attendance, Portage was proud to welcome Premier Jean Charest and his wife, Mrs. Michèle Dionne.

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Left to right: Isabelle Marcoux, Vice Chairman of the Board and Vice President of Development at Transcontinental, Michèle Dionne, François Olivier, President and CEO at Transcontinental, Jean Charest, Quebec Premier, Raymond Royer, former Domtar President and CEO and his spouse, France Denis, André Chagnon, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon and Vice Chairman of the Board at Portage, and Peter Howlett, President of Portage.
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Dominic, a graduate of Portage, is an active member of the Resident’s Committee, regularly attending support groups to share his experiences with new residents.  “Giving back to Portage is the best way for me to express how grateful I am to this organisation.  Portage is my second home.” 

Honouring our Most Valued Partners

Private sector contributions are an essential source of support for Portage. These donations ensure the viability of our organisation and strengthen our ties to the community.  On October 7th, Portage honoured its loyal partners, who have supported the organisation from the very beginning:

• Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec
• Amalgame
• Desjardins Group
• Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu
• Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon
• IBM Canada Ltd.
• Hydro Québec
• The EJLB Foundation
• Bell
• Microsoft

In recognition of their support, plaques have been created in their honour and now hang in various Portage centres.  Recognition walls have also been installed in the entrance of Portage’s Montreal Head Office and at the Day Centre in Québec City.

It was also an evening to acknowledge Mrs. Dorothy Reitman, cofounder of Portage and active member of the community. Mrs. Reitman was the first woman to be elected President of the Canadian Jewish Congress in 2007 and was recognised for her work by the YMCA in 2008. She remains very involved with Portage as a member of the Board of Directors and member of the Montreal campaign committee.

Celebrating the accomplishments of Portage graduates

Portage QC bulletin_Ceremonie de Reconnaissance2.jpgPortage’s highly anticipated Recognition Celebrations were held in Québec City and in Montréal last fall. The ceremonies celebrated the achievements of both the individuals who had successfully completed the residential phase of the Portage program along with former graduates who have managed to maintain a positive lifestyle for one year.

In Québec City, Portage paid tribute to 70 graduates under the honourary presidency of Mr. Jean Drolet, MP for Jean Lesage. In Montréal, 150 graduates were honoured in front of their families and the Portage community.  They received their diplomas from Mrs. Lise Thériault, Minister for Social Services.

For Portage graduates, the Recognition Ceremony is an important milestone in their journey, which they can share with their family and friends who supported them throughout the process.

“Today, I am proud of the distance I have travelled. I will continue to take this one step at a time, and I know I will reach the top.”
– Isabelle, 33, received her certificate at the 2009 Recognition Ceremony in Québec City.

Tricia Kuhl recognised by the Canadian Bar Association

Portage QC bulletin_Tricia Kuhl2.jpgTricia Kuhl, Portage Board Member and Attorney at Blake, Cassels & Graydon, was presented with the 2009 Young Lawyers – Canadian Bar Association – Pro Bono Award, largely in recognition of the work she has done for Portage. Congratulations Tricia and thank you for your hard work and commitment to Portage.

Portage across Canada
Metamorphosis Day

Portage news_Metamorphosis Day2.jpgFebruary 14th is the anniversary of the opening of the first Portage centre in Prévost, Québec.  It has come to be known as Metamorphosis Day, during which all Portage facilities celebrate the transformation that our residents experience during their treatment at Portage.  The event was celebrated across the country this year. Read more…

Accreditation Process 

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Accreditation will recognise Portage for the quality of the services provided, the capabilities of the employees, and the expertise of the organisation.  Recognition from Accreditation Canada demonstrates that Portage is engaged in a continuous process of improving the quality of its services.

Having received primary accreditation in 2008, Portage now has its sights set on full accreditation for the end of 2010.  Representatives from Accreditation Canada will be visiting each Portage centre from June 7-10, 2010, after which they will produce an evaluation report on the measures that have been put in place since their last visit.

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.

Read more about Portage’s mission, vision, and values.

Art Therapy at Portage
Residents of several Portage Québec programs have been benefitting from Art Therapy classes.

Tai Chi incorporated into the rehabilitation process for Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) Program
Portage’s MICA program is thrilled to announce a new agreement with the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada (Eastern division). All residents will now have access to Tai Chi classes as part of their therapy.
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Portage adopts Alouettes!
In February, Portage West Island welcomed Montreal Alouettes Defensive End, Anwar Stewart as a representative of the Adopt an Alouette program. Portage Lac Écho also adopted Alouettes.
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Black History Month at Portage West Island
Black History Month, observed annually at Portage West Island during the month of February, got an early start this year as the centre coordinated a clothing drive shortly after receiving news about January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti.
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For more information, to participate in our activities, or to share comments, please contact:

Colette Taylor
Senior Director,
514-939-0202, ext. 123

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