Valentine's Day and Portage's 38th Anniversary

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 40 adolescents.

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 this certification.

About Portage
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: or by telephone at 514-939-0202.

SOURCE Portage

For further information:

Seychelle Harding
Director of Communications
Telephone : 514 939-0202, extension 118

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