Portage relocates its residential program for Anglophone Youth fighting drug addiction

Portage is relocating today its residential program for Anglophone Youth fighting drug addiction to its beautiful centre of Lac Echo, in the Laurentians, where new accommodations, academic and recreational spaces were constructed. Read more …

The 11th Soirée des Grands Philanthropes gets recognized

April2015award-newsletter-web 2Portage is proud to announce that the 11th Edition of the Soirée des Grands Philanthropes – Tribute to Louis Vachon won the award in the category for Best Fundraising Event in Canada at the 18th Canadian Event Industry Awards in Toronto on Thursday, April 16th. Winning this award is a tremendous honor. Members of the Jury selected the winner among hundreds of entries across Canada. Read more …

Learn more about Portage’s Cocktail dînatoire held on April 15 in Québec.

MIRE celebrates 13 years of service

MIREOn April 29, Portage celebrated the 13th anniversary of the MIRE centre (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment).

MIRE is a non-profit organisation designed to help adults who are suffering from social exclusion, poverty, and difficulty integrating or reintegrating into the workforce on a permanent basis.

The MIRE Program provides hands-on training to help participants find stable employment. Visit their website for more information!

42nd Anniversary: Portage, a source of warmth and hope

Portage QC Bulletin_Lac EchoOn February 14, Portage celebrated its 42nd anniversary. Forty-two years of helping people overcome substance abuse to once again become productive members of society is a real cause for celebration. Portage was proud to celebrate this contribution to society with current residents and graduates from over the years. Read more …

Accomodations now offered to families and friends of Portage Saint-Malachie residents

hebergementstmalachieWe are pleased to announce that the families and friends  of residents at the Saint- Malachie Centre now have access to accommodations that will facilitate family reunions and visits. The Portage team has established partnerships that will help make its substance abuse rehabilitation program more accessible to youth from remote areas. Learn more …






April 4 – La Presse
Toxicomanie : professionnels sous influence

March 20 – Le Journal de Lévis
Steven Blaney à l’assaut du fleuve pour Le Portage

March 20 – La Voix du Sud
Steven Blaney plonge à nouveau pour une troisième année

March 18- ICI Radio-Canada
Un intervenant de Portage à Quelle histoire !

March 16 – Canal M – Vues & Voix
Le syndrome d’alcoolisme foetal

February 6 – Le Droit
Un mot d’espoir pour la prévention du suicide

February 3 – La Presse +
Prévention du suicide : retrouver le goût de vivre

January 7 – Montreal Gazette
Portage forced to move its teen drug rehab program out of West Island

Thank you to Elsa Daigle, a participant at the  Centre de formation à l’emploi in Québec City, who has generously donated one of her paintings, entitled “Take your flight.” Elsa mentioned that her work, an acrylic on canvas, was strongly influenced by her experience at the centre and inspired by Portage’s legendary birds.

Elsa’s work will be proudly exhibited in the meeting room, to inspire her peers to overcome their addiction. Elsawill also be exhibiting at the Bal du Lézard in Cité Limoilou, from April 22 to May 22. Best wishes Elsa!

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Visit to the Sugar Shack for lac Écho residents

cabaneascurenantelOn March 24, 50 residents of the lac Écho Adult Program enjoyed a sweet meal at the Nantel sugar shack located in Saint-Hippolyte . Pea soup, omelettes and maple syrup pie were on the menu. A pleasant day that set the tone for the arrival of Spring!

Judo classes in Saint-Malachie

judo saint-malachieThanks to the Community Board of TELUS, teenagers in Saint-Malachie have been attending judo classes every Monday since last September. Learn more …

Celebrating Black History Month at MICA and Mother and Child Programs

diner-mars-webIn honour of Black History Month last February, residents and staff of the MICA and Mother and Child programs helped prepare a typical Haitian menu for lunch and dinner.  Learn more …

2015 Suicide Prevention Week –
Kyle’s Testimonial 

We invite you to read testimonials written two by Portage residents for the National Suicide Prevention Week 2015.

Noémie’s Letter (in French)
Kyle’s Letter (in English) 

Portage closes its centre in Keremeos, BC.

The Portage Keremeos centre closed its doors on March 5th.  From the time it opened in 2009, the centre helped almost 400 youth turn their lives around and find new hope in the future. The discussions between Portage and government authorities regarding funding proved fruitless despite both parties best efforts.
Portage would like to thank all the people who trusted them during the past years.

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.


May 7 : Open House of the MICA Program

May 26 : Culinary Experience in Saint-Malachie with the Fairmont Château Frontenac Chef

June 1 : Golf Open in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce

June 8 : Golf Open Laval-sur-le-lac

August 22 : Traversée de Steven Blaney

October 1 : 12th Soirée des Grands Philanthropes


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