MONTREAL, Feb. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - A 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. This week, Portage is
proud to be celebrating this contribution to society with current
residents and graduates from over the years.
"Portage has changed my life and helped me find myself," says Olivier
Fournel, who completed the residential phase of his rehabilitation
program a year ago. "I'm free from addiction now, have control over my
life, and have good job."
An official visit to the National Assembly
A delegation of graduates and staff members from several different
Portage centres will be headed to Québec's National Assembly on
February 13 to attend a formal lunch with elected officials. The
graduates will also sit in on Question Period, during which Mme
Véronique Hivon, Minister of Social Services and Youth Protection, will
pronounce an official declaration to highlight the forty years that
Portage has dedicated to treating drug addiction in Canada.
"We're very proud of all that Portage has accomplished as it has grown
and evolved over the past forty years," states the president of
Portage, Peter A. Howlett. "It means a lot to us to be able to
celebrate at the National Assembly, where Portage first received its
status as a Centre d'accueil forty years ago."
…and festivities at the very first Portage centre at lac Écho
On February 14, over three hundred staff members, residents, board
members, and friends of Portage will gather at the site where Portage
established its first rehabilitation centre in 1973. At that time,
Portage lac Écho opened its doors to a dozen people who wanted to
change their lives. Forty years later, this centre, located in the
Laurentian mountains, is able to provide drug rehabilitation therapy to
130 residents at a time (ninety adults and forty youth).
"We are pleased to welcome the residents from the other Portage centres
in Québec to lac Écho," states François Bourdon, director of Portage
lac Écho. "Portage's treatment program has evolved over the years to
become a profoundly humane therapeutic process, based on mutual support
and sharing. As we listen to the testimonials of Portage graduates from
every decade, we will celebrate the history of Portage, and how it has
been turning people's lives around for the past four decades."
Since 1973, Portage has helped tens of thousands of people to overcome
their substance abuse issues. It provides a variety of services
tailored to the needs of its specific clienteles: adults, adolescents,
mothers with young children and pregnant women, and people suffering
from both drug addiction and mental illness. Portage operates seven
substance abuse treatment centres in Québec, in Montréal, Beaconsfield,
Prévost, Québec City, and Saint-Malachie. Three other establishments
serve the adolescent populations of Ontario, British Columbia, and
For more information about Portage, please visit www.portage.ca or call 514 939-0202.
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