Portage Saint-Malachie inauguration

A new beginning for Portage Saint-Malachie

Portage Saint-Malachie inauguration 2012After nearly two years of construction, renovation, and improvements to the existing infrastructure, the expansion project at Portage Saint-Malachie has now been completed. Portage celebrated the official opening of the new facilitiy on May 28, 2012 in the presence of Mme Dominique Vien, Member of the National Assembly for Bellechasse and Minister for Social Services, as well as partners, residents, and staff members.

“I am proud to support Portage, an important partner in Québec’s health and social services network, internationally recognised for its expertise in the field of substance abuse,” stated Mme Vien. “For the hundreds of young people admitted annually seeking to overcome their addiction issues, Portage Saint-Malachie represents a victory against substance abuse.”
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10 years of helping people reintegrate back into the workforce

MIRE 10e anniversaireOn April 26, 2012, the MIRE (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) Program celebrated its 10th anniversary during a special ceremony with partners, participants, and staff members.  Participants spoke about the impact that MIRE has had on their lives and about how the confidence they acquired from the program has helped them to reitegrate back into the workforce and maintain stable employment.

“Over the past ten years, we’ve welcomed 97 groups and over 2,350 participants to the MIRE program,” stated Sonia Leblanc, Director of the MIRE Program.  “70% of these people have completed the program and among them, over 75% have returned to the labour market or opted for vocational training.”
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MIRE’s new website was unveiled during its 10th anniversary ceremony. For more information on the program, visit: www.projetmire.com.

Ten Portage youth finish high school while doing substance abuse rehab program

Portage Beaconsfield GraduationThe Portage Beaconsfield drug rehabilitation centre for adolescents celebrated the high school graduation of ten of its students yesterday from its on-site educational program, Portage Academy.

Helping youth get their education back on track is an important component of the Portage rehabilitation program. Academic programming at Portage Beaconsfield, provided in collaboration with the Lester B. Pearson School Board, is adapted to the needs of the residents, offering all subjects required for high school credit completion and graduation.
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Soirée des Grands Philanthropes 2012
This year’s Soirée des Grands Philanthropes will honour Laurent Beaudoin, President of the Board of Directors of Bombardier.  It will be held on September 20, 2012 in the Salle des pas perdus of Montréal’s Windsor Station and will feature festivity, elegance, fine cuisine, music, and other surprises. During the evening, which will bring together more than 600 guests, Portage will highlight the contribution that Mr. Beaudoin has had on the Québec business community and on the well-being of society. All proceeds for the evening will be donated to Portage. For more information, please contact Colette Taylor at 514.939.0202 or at ctaylor@portage.ca.

2012 Recognition Ceremonies
On September 30, 2012 the Portage substance abuse rehabilitation centres in the Montréal region will honour the graduates of its programs at Place des Arts. On October 21, 2012 the Portage centres in the Québec City region will honour the graduates of its substance abuse rehabilitation and employment programs at the Grand Théâtre. For more information, please contact Seychelle Harding (Montréal region) at 514.939.0202 or at sharding@portage.ca or Claudia Savard (Québec City region) at 418.524.0320 or at csavard@portage.ca.

Portage-Québec’s Employment Reintegration Centre is 25 years old!
Portage’s Employment Reintegration Centre in Québec City will celebrate its 25th birthday at an event this fall.  For more information, please contact Claudia Savard at 418.524.0320 or at csavard@portage.ca.



Québec en Forme’s Courant-Nord Group partnering with Portage to promote healthy lifestyles
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West Island Community Shares awards $7,000 to Portage Beaconsfield
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Portage-Québec congratulates the winners of the “Mérite à la formation et à l’emploi” competition
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Portage Beaconsfield Graduation 2012- Luna

“We’ve all suffered in our past; we were lost and didn’t have the slightest clue how to even be happy. It’s as though the events in our lives were given to us as puzzle pieces to reach our goals. But none of the pieces ever fit together no matter how hard we tried. Our puzzle pieces may not have fit before but being here we have found that every one of us has a piece of that puzzle in him. And we’ve completed the first step to reaching our happiness.”
– Luna, Valedictorian at the Portage Beaconsfield high school graduation ceremony

Portage launches a new advertising campaign

Portage campagne publicitaire 2012Portage is proud to officially launch its new advertising campaign, developed courtesy of HOP Comportement de marque. The ads demonstrate the devastating consequences of substance abuse and show the benefits of rehabilitation treatment at Portage.
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The healing benefits of art, at the Mother and Child centre

Portage mere-enfant fondation art guerisonWalking through the corridors of Portage’s Mother and Child centre now feels like walking through an art gallery, thanks to the Art for Healing Foundation, which donated close to eighty pieces of art to the centre. On June 26, 2012 a dozen of the artists who donated their artwork to the Art for Healing Foundation were invited to a vernissage at the Mother and Child centre, to discuss their pieces with the mothers who are currently in residential rehabilitation treatment at Portage.

“Visual arts themselves are a type of therapy, and we are delighted that these works are able to inspire people, lift their spirits, or just make them smile,” said Mr. Earl Pinchuk, co-founder of the Art for Healing Foundation.
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2012 Portage Golf Tournaments raise $212,000 for youth rehabilitation programs

Portage Québec - Omnium de golf 2012Portage’s annual fundraising Golf Tournaments, in their 18th year in the Québec City region and their 15th year in the Montréal region, were resounding successes again this year, raising $212,000 for addiction rehabilitation centres for youth in Québec.
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Portage Canada
What’s Portage all about?

Portage 2For those who have never experienced or witnessed the transformation that occurs while in substance abuse rehabilitation therapy, it may be difficult to wrap your head around what treatment at Portage is all about.  This text seeks to give a general overview.
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Portage Canada
Portage marks Mental Health Awareness Week 2012

Addiction and mental health are becoming increasingly interrelated, as many people who suffer from addiction may also have mental health issues.
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Portage Canada
Portage celebrates its employees

Every four months, the employees at each Portage centre vote to recognise one of their colleagues for their outstanding work and contribution to the organisation, the staff team, and the therapeutic community.
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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 39 years.

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Suicide Prevention Training
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Portage and MIRE renew their partnership with Emploi-Québec
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Portage meets with elected officials
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A soldier shares his experience in Afghanistan with Portage residents
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July 12, 2012 – Échos Montréal
L’art pour déjouer la toxicomanie Read

June 21, 2012 – Le Soleil
Centre Portage de St-Malachie: pour les ados toxicomanes fragilisésRead

June 28, 2012 – The Chronicle
Embracing a new life in sobrietyRead

June 19, 2012 – CTV News
Portage grads celebrate battle against drugsRead

May 4, 2012 – Le Mirabel
Portage tisse des liens avec ses partenaires communautairesRead

May 4, 2012 – The Gazette
Visual Arts: A sight for sore eyesRead


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Senior Director,
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