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The impact of drug addiction on Québec: study done by management consulting firm SECOR

According to a recent study carried out by international strategic management consulting firm SECOR entitled Les besoins et l’importance des traitements de la dépendance aux drogues illicites au Québec [The importance and the need for illicit drug addiction treatment in Québec], drug addiction is a very expensive issue for the province in terms of health care, law enforcement, prevention and research, and productivity loss, along with other direct costs.  According to the study, illegal drug use cost the province more than 1.6 billion dollars in 2002.
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Portage Beaconsfield celebrates the high school graduation of seven Portage Academy students

Portage QC News - Graduation Beaconsfield graduates 2011 W 2On June 21, 2011, the Portage rehabilitation centre for adolescents in Beaconsfield celebrated the high school graduation of seven of its students and the completion of adult continuing education of one at Portage Academy, the on-site educational program. The success of these graduates is due in large part to the committed collaboration between Portage and the Lester B. Pearson School Board and the dedication of the teachers at Portage Academy.

“This is a unique partnership and the Lester B. Pearson School Board is proud to be affiliated with a program like Portage,” said Dr. Christopher Fuzessy, Director of Student Services at Lester B. Pearson School Board. “I would like to commend the teaching staff, as well as the Portage staff for their ongoing commitment to the youth we serve.”
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Follow-up on two new projects at Portage’s centre in Québec City

Portage QC News - Portage Day Centre in Québec CityThe last edition of this newsletter highlighted two new programs currently underway at Portage’s centre in Québec City: the program for physical abuse and sexual assault victims with psychotropic substance abuse problems, and “En emploi, moi j’y crois!” a program for people under the age of thirty with a history of drug addiction.  Here is a brief update on how these programs are going:

Maître de sa vie” – A program for physical abuse and sexual assault victims with psychotropic substance abuse problems
Funded by BAVAC (Québec’s crime victims assistance bureau), the purpose of the “Maître de sa vie” project is to help clients at Portage’s outpatient drug rehabilitation program at the Québec City Day Centre who have been victims of abuse.  The objective of the program is to treat all forms of abuse, violence, or trauma in order to reduce their impact.  The project is being conducted in collaboration with Isabelle Proulx, a clinical sexologist and psychotherapist.
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The “En emploi, moi j’y crois” project for people under the age of thirty
In partnership with Service Canada, the Portage Employment Reintegration Centre in Québec City launched a project in November that provides young people under the age of thirty with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, thus enhancing their employability and helping them to develop the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead in the job market.  The “En emploi, moi j’y crois!” project is for young people with a history of drug addiction, alcoholism, or compulsive gambling. The participants have sought out this opportunity to get the support they need to overcome their addiction issues that were negatively affecting their overall functioning.
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Soirée des Grands Philanthropes: Tribute to Serge Godin
On September 22, 2011, Portage will honour Serge Godin, CGI Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board. Six hundred guests will assemble in Windsor Station’s Salle des pas perdus in Montréal to pay tribute to Mr. Godin’s extraordinary contribution to expanding the influence of Québec’s business community, and to the welfare of the community at large. A festive spirit, elegance, gourmet dining, music, and surprises are on the program for the evening. All profits from this event will be dedicated to Portage.

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Portage Beaconsfield community outreach to help prevent substance abuse
Portage Beaconsfield staff members and residents have participated in several community outreach initiatives recently to help prevent substance abuse among youth.
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The children at Portage’s Mother and Child centre get a taste for travelling
Throughout the months of March and April, the children of the Barbapapas group at Portage’s Mother and Child centre participated in an around-the-world-tour activity.  The children and their teachers pretended to board the airplane and check in with friendly customs agents to visit fifteen different countries. 
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Portage Beaconsfield – Partners in Prevention
Partners in Prevention, spearheaded by the Lester B. Pearson School Board, is a committee that aims to increase parental awareness of high risk behaviours and warning signs for drug, alcohol, and gambling addiction.  Portage Beaconsfield is an active member of the group, along with the SPVM (service de police de la ville de Montréal), the RCMP, and the McGill Centre for Gambling.
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“I like to compare the beginning my recovery to being in a dark, hollow, damp hole with a tiny opening shining one microscopic beam of light down into it. The speck of light was almost invisible and insignificant but it represented hope. Humans can survive days without water, months without food, but not a second without hope. As I progress in my recovery and begin to accomplish what I once thought was impossible, the speck is widening and the hole is drying out and becoming brighter. Pretty soon I’ll be able to hoist myself up, climb out of it once and for all and emerge into my newfound reality.”
– Ema, Portage Academy Student and High School Graduate

Portage Open Golf Tournaments to benefit rehabilitation programs for adolescents

Portage QC News - Omnium de golf 2011Every spring, the Portage Foundation holds two golf tournaments – one in Québec City and one in Montréal – to raise money for the Saint-Malachie, Prévost, and Beaconsfield adolescent residential rehabilitation centres. These activities are always a great success, as the community comes together to support Portage’s cause.
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Read more about the 14th annual Portage Golf Open in Montréal…

Table du chef 2011, in support of the adolescents seeking treatment at Portage Saint-Malachie

On April 28, 2011, about a dozen men and women from Québec City businesses participated in the twelfth edition of Portage’s Table du chef fundraising event.  Organised in partnership with the Fairmont Château Frontenac, the event raised $8,000 for the young people at the Portage Saint-Malachie drug rehabilitation centre.

The guests each paid $650 to attend the event, where they helped put together a delicious gourmet meal, created by Executive Chef Jean Soulard in his kitchen at the Château Frontenac.  Following the cooking workshop, the apprentice chefs had a chance to evaluate their culinary talents by thoroughly enjoying the prepared meal.

Portage Foundation reception at the Fairmont Château Frontenac, a resounding success!

As part of its annual fundraising campaign, the Portage Foundation held a reception on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Château Frontenac. Over sixty people from the Québec City business community gathered to enjoy the menu prepared by Chef Jean Soulard.

The event, co-sponsored by the Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust and Domaine Saint-Jacques, raised a total of $9,000. Portage would like to thank everyone who helped make the event a success.

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(Photo: Gilles Fréchette)
Christian Goulet, Assistant Vice-President, Quebec Public Sector, Bell Canada; Yvan Quirion, Owner, Domaine Saint Jacques; Colette Taylor, Senior Director, Development, Portage; Michel Dallaire, President and CEO, Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust and Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign; Jean Pierre Dufour, Vice-President, Consulting Services, CGI; Mario Cusson, Executive Vice-President, La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services and Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign.

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The Therapeutic Community

Portage believes that the inherent strengths of its residents are the basis of their recovery. The supportive therapeutic community environment helps residents discover these strengths, and is therefore conducive to personal development. Within the therapeutic community, Portage helps residents identify the causes of their problems, focus on the competencies that will help them face these issues, and carry out the necessary strategies to overcome them.
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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 38 years.

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Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers program celebrates its 15th anniversary at its annual Open House
On May 6, 2011, Portage’s Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) centre welcomed partners and representatives from hospitals and centres, to its annual Open House event, which took place during National Mental Health Week.  Now in its fourth year, the event also marked the fifteenth anniversary of the opening of the MICA centre.
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May 3, 2011 – La voix du sud
Portage livre la marchandise à Saint-Malachie – Read

May 6, 2011 – 24h Montréal
Vivre avec des troubles mentaux et la toxicomanie – Read



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