Portage marks the 35th anniversary of its first treatment center

    MONTREAL, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Portage celebrates the
anniversary of the opening of its first facility, situated at Lac Echo, in the
Laurentians. It is on February 14, 1973 that the original site of Portage's
residential treatment center opened its doors and started its program for
about ten residents, on a 35-acre property, 45 minutes north of Montreal, in
the Laurentians. Today, 35 years later, Portage at Lac Echo houses
120 residents, including 80 adults and 40 youth.
    "After 35 years of experience, Portage has much to celebrate: our roots
in the community and the dedication and commitment of our staff that have
created the deep reservoir of knowledge and experience that is Portage. Most
of all we celebrate the success of our clients - the many thousands of people
who have experienced Portage and have overcome great personal challenges in
order to change their lives and rejoin the community", stated Peter Howlett,
President of Portage.

    About Portage

    Portage is a non-profit organization that has helped substance abusers
and their families establishing an outstanding record of success. Portage
provides help for some of the most vulnerable members of the community: young
people, the mentally ill chemical abusers, substance-abusing mothers and their
children and pregnant addicts. Portage also offers two programs of social
    Portage operates eight drug addiction treatment centres across Québec: in
Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the Laurentians) and
Saint-Damien-de-Buckland (Chaudière-Appalaches). Two others serve Ontario and
Atlantic Canada residents.

For further information:

For further information: Seychelle Harding Director, Communications
Portage, (514) 939-0202, ext. 118

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