La Ribambelle: New beginnings for Portage's youngest

    MONTREAL, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Portage's Mother and Child Program is
hosting an event to celebrate the expansion of La Ribambelle daycare today at
10 a.m. Media and those who have helped make the initiative a reality are
invited to attend.
    "We are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming the community
to celebrate in the expansion of La Ribambelle," said Danielle Des Marais,
program director. "This has project has been a dream for many years and we are
overjoyed to see it come to fruition."
    After three months of construction, a larger, remodeled day care opened
on April 21, 2009 above the program centre. The locale is divided into three
sections, based on the ages of the children, with easy access in between. The
facility has expanded to be able to accommodate more than 30 children.
    Festivities at the event will include opening ceremonies with Mr. André
Chagnon, a tour of the facility, refreshments and photo opportunities; both of
the centre and with children.
    As part of its aftercare program and thanks to the generous donation of
the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, Portage has also acquired Les
Habitations Communautaire Portage Inc. This property consists of 10
apartments, which are to be utilized by program graduates for up to a year at
reduced rent. At present six women and their children have taken up residence
in these furnished apartments.

    Portage, a not-for-profit organization, is a leading North American
addiction treatment provider with a 35-year history of successfully helping
people with addictions. It operates eight drug addiction treatment centres
across Québec: in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the
Laurentians) and Saint-Damien-de-Buckland (Chaudière-Appalaches). Three other
centres serve Ontario, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia.

For further information:

For further information: Seychelle Harding, Director of Communications,
Portage, (514) 939-0202 x118,

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