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Portage QC News - Fete de la reconnaissance

Recognition Ceremonies celebrate the
success of Portage graduates

The 2010 Portage Recognition Ceremonies were great days of celebration for over 300 Portage graduates, their families and friends, Portage staff members, and other supporters of Portage.  The Théâtre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts was packed for the October 3rd ceremony in Montréal, which recognised the men, women, and adolescents who have sought Freedom from Addiction and finished their rehabilitation programs at one of Portage’s centres in the Montréal region.  Another ceremony was held in Québec City on October 24th to recognise the graduates in the Québec City region.
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Léger Marketing Survey: Quebecers concerned about substance abuse, problem deemed very real

More than eight Quebecers on ten think drug and alcohol dependency problems are public health issues of concern. In the Léger Marketing survey “Quebecers and Substance Abuse,” released today as part of Drug Awareness Week, half of respondents say they are affected by substance abuse problems among those around them.
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Building and renovating Portage Saint-Malachie

Portage QC News - Construction Saint-MalachieAfter spending a year in what was once a ski chalet, Portage Saint-Malachie undertook a major renovation and building project in order to better respond to the needs of the adolescent residents and the staff members.
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Residents, graduates, and staff members of Portage’s programs in Québec speak about how Portage helps adolescents, adults, pregnant women, women with young children, and people who have mental illnesses seek Freedom from addiction.

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A wonderful gift from the Cirque du Soleil for Portage residents in Montréal
Residents at the Portage rehabilitation centres in Prévost, Beaconsfield, as well as those from the Mother and Child centre and the Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers Program have received tickets from the Cirque du Soleil to go see QUIDAM on December 21 at the Bell Centre.
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Portage QC News - Finissante mere-enfantPhoto: Étienne Laberge (24h)

“I was consumed with serious cocaine and alcohol abuse problems.  I had no self-confidence and I felt myself sinking deeper and deeper.  I decided to do a program at the Mother and Child centre for my son, but mainly for myself.  Now, I’m back in school and hope to become a social worker.  I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished, even though it was very difficult.”
– Mandy, Graduate of Portage’s Mother and Child Program

Portage residents participate in Montréal’s Walk for Mental Health

Portage QC News - Marche sante mentaleOn Sunday October 24, 2010, more than 150 Portage residents and staff members got together to walk five kilometers through the streets of downtown Montréal during Montréal Walks for Mental Health 2010, organised by several local mental health organisations and presided over by Ms. Margaret Trudeau and Mr. Guy Latraverse.
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Portage’s 2010 Tribute Evening a resounding success

Portage QC News - Soiree hommageOn September 23th, 2010 more than 600 guests gathered for Portage’s Tribute Evening in the “Salle des pas perdus” of Montréal’s Windsor Station to express their esteem and respect for Lino Saputo, Chairman of the Board of Saputo. The evening honoured Lino Saputo’s outstanding contribution to Portage, to the business community, and to the well-being of our society.  With the participation and support of all in attendance, a cheque in the amount of $650,000 was presented to Portage to assist in its mission of helping substance abusers reintegrate into society and live positive, drug-free lives.
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Accreditation Canada grants unconditional accreditation to Portage!

 News_Accreditation2.jpgPortage has obtained unconditional accreditation thanks to the substantial collaborative efforts of its Governors and its organisational team members over the past four years. Accreditation recognises Portage for the quality of the services it provides, the abilities of its employees, and the expertise of the organisation. Recognition by Accreditation Canada demonstrates Portage’s commitment to the ongoing improvement process surrounding the quality of its services.
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The Holidays at Portage

Portage News - HolidaysIn the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Portage centres across Canada geared up for the Holiday Season, decorating the facilities and holding special activities and events for the residents.
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Employee Recognition Program

Portage News - Employee RecognitionThe employees at Portage – both clinical and administrative – are at the very heart of the organisation’s mission, contributing immensely every day to the rehabilitation process of our residents. Portage is very proud of the quality of its personnel at the Portage centres across Canada, many of whom have been with the organisation for a long time.  

Given that it is the first year of the program, all staff members with at least five years of service were recognised.  Of the 114 staff members  celebrated, fifty-seven people have devoted more than five years to Portage, twenty-eight people have provided more than ten years, eighteen people have provided more than fifteen years, eight people have provided more than twenty years, two people have provided more than twenty-five years, one person has provided more than thirty years, and our Executive Director, Peter Vamos, has provided more than thirty-five years of service to Portage.
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Annual General Meeting 2010

Portage’s Annual General Meeting took place on November 18, 2010 at the Saint-James Club in Montréal. Portage Governors and staff members were in attendance and, after participating in the business of the meeting, shared a wonderful dinner together.

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 35 years.

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NEWSBITES A gift from Converse Canada to Portage Beaconsfield
Footwear manufacturer Converse Canada has made a shoe donation to Portage’s rehabilitation centre for Anglophone adolescents in Beaconsfield.  Thanks to Converse’s generosity, the staff members are offering each resident a new pair of shoes for Christmas. 

2010-2011 fundraising campaign launched in Montréal
Portage’s 2010-2011 Québec fundraising campaign was officially launched on November 3rd. The Campaign Committee, Chaired by Mr. Serge Godin, Founder and Executive Chairman of CGI, and made up of business people and active members of the community, set a campaign goal of $1,850,000 for this year.  Thank you to the Committee for their devotion to the community and their continued support for Portage.

Portage’s Employment Reintegration Program in Québec City participates in Emploi-Québec’s strategic planning session
Several staff members from Portage’s Employment Reintegration Program in Québec City were invited to participate in Emploi-Québec’s 2011-2014 strategic planning consultation session on September 27, 2010.
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MIRE participates in the Banquet Culturel de la rue Larivière
On Saturday September 25, Larivière Street was a cultural spectacle for the 14èmes Journées de la Culture.  For the enjoyment of all those in attendance, the young musicians of the Polyvalente Pierre Dupuis performed in the street, along with storytellers, sculptors, photographers, and urban painters.  Many MIRE participants gathered around to enjoy the free activities and entertainment.  MIRE is proud to actively participate in the community life of its neighbourhood by supporting Tandem and Éco-quartier Ste-Marie, who organised this event.



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