MONTREAL, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - It was on February 14, 1973, that the
very first Portage Centre surfaced in the Laurentian Mountains. The
original Portage site opened its doors and launched its program with
about ten substance abusers, on a 35 acres property located 45 minutes
from Montréal. Today, 38 years later, the Lac Écho campus in Prévost
can accommodate up to 130 residents, namely 90 adults and
Over 250 employees, residents, Board members and friends of Portage will
be gathering together, not only to celebrate Valentine's Day, but
Portage's 38th anniversary as well. "After providing thirty-eight years of service,
Portage has several reasons to celebrate, particularly its roots in the
community, the dedication and commitment of its staff, and, above all,
the success of our clients - tens of thousands of people who have come
to Portage and overcome enormous challenges to change their lives and
once again become active and productive citizens in their communities",
highlights Peter Howlett, President of Portage.
Moreover, the unconditional certification obtained by Portage from
Accreditation Canada is a testament to the quality of the services that
the organisation provides. Portage is the only substance abuse
organisation offering several points of service in Canada that holds
Since 1970, Portage has helped tens of thousands of substance abusers
overcome their drug addiction problems. The organisation offers a
multitude of services tailored to the needs of its various clienteles,
including programs for adults, adolescents, mothers with young
children, pregnant women, and substance abusers with mental health
problems. Portage operates seven substance abuse treatment centers
across Québec, with facilities in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Prévost (the
Laurentians), Québec City, and Saint-Malachie (Chaudière-Appalaches).
Three other establishments serve the populations of Ontario, British
Colombia, and Atlantic Canada.
For more information: www.portage.ca or by telephone at 514-939-0202.
For further information:
Director of Communications
Telephone : 514 939-0202, extension 118