Portage Québec Spring 2013
Portage lac Echo - 40e anniversaire 2

Portage celebrates its 40th anniversary

Portage 40 logoA fortieth anniversary is a momentous occasion for any organisation, but forty years of helping people overcome substance abuse to once again become productive members of society is a real cause for celebration. On February 14, 2013, Portage centres across Canada were proud to celebrate this contribution to society with current residents, graduates, and friends of Portage from over the years.
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A special program for the Inuit community

According to current judicial statistics, nearly all criminal acts committed in the villages of Nunavik are related to drug and alcohol problems. Since there are no prisons in this part of Québec, residents who are found guilty of crimes are sent to the prison in Saint-Jérôme to be incarcerated.  At this time, they make up a quarter of all inmates there.  The Inuit community and the Portage therapeutic community share a number of core values, such as peer support, sharing, and living one day at a time, and this has facilitated an association between the two.  Portage has recently established a rehabilitation program adapted to the needs of the Inuit community who are serving time in the Saint-Jérôme prison, with the support of the Makivik Society and its Ungaluk Division.
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Portage Beaconsfield’s substance abuse program for youth  in search of a new home

Portage BeaconsfieldThe building that has housed the Portage program for English-speaking adolescents for the last twelve years will be demolished next year, at the request of its owner, Batshaw Youth and Family Centres. After much negotiation, Portage has been able to push back the demolition date by eighteen months, in order to have enough time to find a new home for the program.
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The Government of Québec confirms continued support for the Mother and Child Program

Portage is pleased to officially announce that Montréal’s Health and Social Services Agency has confirmed continued provincial financing for the Mother and Child Program until 2016.
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For those who have never experienced or witnessed the transformation that occurs while in addiction rehabilitation therapy, it may be difficult to wrap your head around what treatment at Portage is all about. This video seeks to give a general overview.

Portage video
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Portage Beaconsfield High School Graduation Ceremony
June 20, 2013

Montréal Recognition Ceremony
September 22, 2013

Québec City Recognition Ceremony
October 20, 2013

Soirée des Grands Philanthropes
October 3, 2013



Portage celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week 2013

Bell Let’s Talk Day supports Portage once again in 2013

The National Assembly honours a Portage volunteer

Sports Equipment donation from Canadian Tire


May 29, 2013 – West Island Gazette
Batshaw gets permit to demolish Elm Ave. building; Work must be delayed 18 months

May 27, 2013 – CBC News
High school students turn to study drugs to up performance

April 29, 2013 – CBC News
Teen defends Portage drug rehab centre

March 27, 2013 – The Chronicle
Over 700 kids get tough talk on drugs

February 27, 2013 – West Island Chronicle
40 years of success for Portage

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Portage programme pour inuit

“There are a lot of people who cannot deal with their feelings, their past. If we don’t take care of what we have done in the past and come to terms with it, and learn to forgive ourselves, it’s just going to be really hard to deal with. Portage gave me the tools and the know-how to be able to start dealing with my feelings and to be able to trust people and have confidence in them, to express and explore my feelings. That’s what made the difference for me here.” – Josi, Portage graduate and ambassador for the Portage Program for the Inuit community

Proposed regulation modifying the Individual and Family Assistance Act will not affect Portage clients

When the proposed regulation modifying the Individual and Family Assistance Act was published in the National Assembly’s Gazette officielle du Québec on February 27, 2013, Portage was concerned by the article that proposed, among other things, to limit individuals’ eligibility for special benefits if they are seeking residential treatment for substance abuse rehabilitation.
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MIRE modifies its structure to better incorporate peer role modelling

A presentation by Antonio Maturo, director of Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers Program, on the foundations and core principles of the therapeutic community to MIRE (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) staff members, has led to a change in the structure of the employment reintegration program.
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A busy time for the Portage Foundation

Portage Table du chef MontrealSpring is an eventful time of year for the Portage Foundation in Québec.  Numerous fundraising activities help to create awareness about Portage among the business community and to promote the good work that is being done in its substance abuse rehabilitation centres.

The Portage Foundation would like to thank all those who participate in our fundraising events, and especially the many commited volunteers who help ensure the success of our fundraising campaigns. We are extremely grateful for their support.

Portage Québec’s Employee Campaign

Portage Québec’s employee fundraising campaign, entitled “It begins with a penny,” calls upon the generosity of Portage employees to help raise money for a specific project in each of Portage’s treatment centres. The Portage Foundation would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of this campaign.

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, Ontario, and British Columbia, 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.




Accreditation Canada representatives visit Portage centres

Thank you to our volunteers!

Thank you for responding to our survey!

Employee Recognition and New Staff Appointments Spring 2013

Goodbye and many thanks to Louis Hodess, Patrice Rail, and Robert Perron
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of three men who devoted much of their lives to Portage, and in so doing, made an invaluable contribution to the organisation. Louis Hodess passed away on January 23, Patrice Rail on February 11, and Robert Perron on May 21, 2013. We are extremely grateful for their devotion to Portage and for their friendship over the years. They will be greatly missed.


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

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Communications Coordinator

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