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City Council supports Lethbridge bid for 2022 Brier

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Lethbridge is hoping to land one of the biggest curling events on the planet.

On Monday (June 15), Councillors voted to provide $1 million in financial and in-kind support toward a bid for the 2022 Brier.

Two weeks ago Council received a presentation from the Lethbridge Curling Club. Councillors were told then that a $1 million investment could bring a return on investment 10 to 15 times that.

“The 2022 Brier would be a huge boost to our local economy and something for our local businesses to get excited for,” said Mayor Chris Spearman. “We understand that we are still in difficult times with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the type of event that can really help as a key part of recovery.”

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Councillors Rob Miyashiro and Jeff Carlson co-sponsored the resolution to council, saying this event bid meets the criteria for all of the Guiding Principles of the Major Community Event Hosting Grant.

The bid will be submitted by the end of June. If Lethbridge is successful, the Brier would take place in early March 2022 at the ENMAX Centre.

Lethbridge has hosted every major curling event to date except for this one.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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