Portage QC News - Wapan

Portage shares its substance abuse rehabilitation model with the Wapan rehabiliation centre for Québec First Nations communities

Portage is pleased to announce that it is in the final stages of establishing a multi-year agreement with the Wapan Rehabilitation Centre for Québec First Nations, whereby Portage will help Wapan adopt the Portage Therapeutic Community Model and adapt it to their clients’ particular substance abuse treatment needs.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to make a contribution to the development of an effective treatment model for the autochtone community, and particularly Wapan,” said Peter Vamos, Executive Director of Portage.  “We are confident that Wapan will become a highly successful treatment program.”
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Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers Program celebrates its 15th anniversary at its annual open house

Portage QC News - MICA Open HouseOn May 6th, Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) centre will be welcoming partners and representatives from hospitals and centres that work with this clientele to its annual Open House event, which takes place during National Mental Health Week.  Now in its fourth year, the event will also mark the fifteenth anniversary of the opening of the MICA centre.

“We are very proud of what our program has been able to do for our residents over the years,” says Antonio Maturo, director of the MICA Program. “After fifteen years of service, we have helped more than 200 people with mental health issues to overcome their substance abuse problems and reintegrate into society as active and productive citizens.”
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New programs at Portage’s Day Centre and Employment Reintegration Centre in Québec City

Portage QC News - Portage Day Centre in Qu€bec CityPortage is constantly on the lookout for new tools and treatment methods to help substance abusers overcome their dependencies and reintegrate society as productive citizens.
Two new programs have recently been introduced at Portage’s centres in Québec City:

1. A program for psychological abuse and sexual assault victims with psychoactive substance dependency problems
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2. “En emploi, moi j’y crois” – An employment program targeted at people under the age of 30
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EVENTSPortage Golf Tournaments
The 14th edition of the Montréal Portage Open Golf Tournament will be held on June 13th at the Club de golf Laval sur le Lac, and the 17th edition of the Québec City Portage Open Golf Tournament will be held on June 6th.

If you would like to participate in either of these tournaments, please contact Colette Taylor, Portage’s Senior Director of Development, at 514 939 0202, ext. 123, or at ctaylor@portage.ca.  Places are limited and tournaments sell out several months in advance, so don’t delay!

MICA Program’s 15th Anniversary
On May 6th, Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) Program and the entire Portage community will be celebrating the MICA Program’s 15th anniversary with partners and members of the Montréal community during the centre’s Open House event.

If you would like to join us at the Open House, please contact Tony Dias at 514-935-3431, or by email at tdias@portage.ca to register.


Portage graduates interviewed on Famille 2.0
Famille 2.0, a French television show in Québec City, welcomed Vincent and Miguel, two graduates of Portage Saint-Malachie’s drug addiction rehabilitation program, and Serge Comeau, the centre’s Coordinator of External Services.
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Portage QC News - Famille 2.0

Creating awareness among adolescent residents about safe sex and about homosexuality
At the beginning of March, an organisation called GRIS Montréal visited the adolescents at the Portage centre in Prévost, near lac Écho, to create more awareness about the challenges faced by homosexual people.
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Portage QC News - Miguel Famille 2.0

“The most important transformation that I underwent at Portage was to increase my self-confidance and to learn how to manage my emotions. Before I went to Portage, I managed my emotions with drugs.  Now, I can deal with everyday situations much better that I used to – I can face these situations.  I’m working to become an engineer.”
– Miguel, Portage Saint-Malachie graduate on Famille 2.0

The Montréal Fundraising Campaign is well underway

The Portage Foundation is pleased to report that the Montréal region’s fundraising campaign is right on track.  Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Montréal Campaign Committee and the generosity of our donors, the campaign has already made it to 95% of its goal.  With such encouraging results so far, and the support from a dynamic team, the Portage Foundation is confident that we will reach our goal and the campaign will conclude successfully on May 31st.

Portage QC News - Montreal Fundraising Campaign 2010-2011

From left to right: Michel Décary, Céline Pilote, Magdy Fahmy, Stéphane Dufort, Colette Taylor, André Chagnon, Serge Godin, Sylvie Giguère, Luc Bisaillon, Alice Dolbec, Gary Mintz, Laurent Giguère.
Absent: Norman D. Hébert, Peter Howlett, Jean Lachance, André Provencher, Louise Rainville, Dorothy Reitman, Alain Thauvette.

An excellent start for the Rebuilding Lives Campaign

The Rebuilding Lives Campaign, with the goal of raising $3 million over three years for the Portage centres in the Québec City region, is currently under way.  Under the honorary presidency of Mr. Serge Godin, founder of CGI and Executive Chairperson of the Board, and the presidency of Mr.  Michel Dallaire, President and CEO of Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust and Mr. Mario Cusson, Executive Vice President of La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, a team of dedicated volunteers are committed to the success of this campaign.

On March 1st, Portage’s Québec City Campaign Committee members visited to the new Saint-Malachie residential centre for adolescents. They were pleased to see the progress of the renovation and construction work, which is transforming the drug rehabilitation centre to be better equipped to serve the increasing demand of young people seeking to rebuild their lives at Portage.

Portage QC News - Qu€bec City Fundraising Campaign 2010-2011

Back row, from left to right: André Dumont, Jean-Pierre Dufour, Christian Goulet, François Ducharme, Jean-François Brière, Denis Lefrançois, Yvan Boisvert, Jules Bois, Richard Legault et Claude Rousseau
Front row, from left to right: Alice Dolbec, Michel Cusson, Michel Dallaire, Colette Taylor
Absent: Serge Godin, André Blouin, Pierre Cloutier, Alban D’Amours, Richard Fortier, Denis Linteau, Jean Rouleau, Claude Rousseau.

Portage Open Golf Tournaments: The tradition continues in June

Portage QC News - Omnium de golf2Every year, rain or shine, the annual Portage Open Golf Tournaments are held in Montréal and Québec City to bring together community members who support Portage’s cause and who wish to help the many adolescents who seek drug rehabilitation therapy at our centres.
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Portage Canada
Portage’s Therapeutic Approach

Portage’s substance abuse rehabilitation treatment approach is based on the therapeutic community model with core self-help principles and individual case management. Portage offers a psychologically and physically safe residential program in a positive peer culture environment.
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Portage Canada
Portage celebrates its 38th anniversary!

Portage QC Bulletin_Lac EchoFebruary 14th, the anniversary of the opening of Portage’s first substance abuse rehabilitation centre in Prévost, Québec, is known as Metamorphosis Day at Portage.  It is a day for all members of the Portage community to celebrate the transformation that the residents undergo during their rehabilitation treatment.
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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 35 years.

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

NEWSBITES Portage Saint-Malachie residents get involved in the nature that surrounds them
Three adolescents at the Portage rehabilitation centre in Saint-Malachie will be participating in a project to help seed and grow Atlantic salmon in the picturesque Etchemin River, which passes right next to the Portage centre grounds in the Bellechasse region of Québec.  To do this, the three residents became part of the Etchemin River Safeguarding Group on February 25th.
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Portage QC News - Riviere Etchemin

Portage Beaconsfield celebrates Black History Month
As they do every year, the Portage Beaconsfield rehabilitation centre for adolescents celebrated Black History Month during the month of February, with many activities and special guests.
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Activities for the young children at the Mother and Child Centre
The wide variety of activities for the children at Portage’s Mother and Child Centre provide them with important learning and growing opportunities.
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Portage QC News - Activites jeunes mere-enfant



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