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ARCHES making some “immediate changes” after organizational review

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The organization which operates Lethbridge’s Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) says it’ll be making some immediate changes following an organizational review.

Back in May, the board of directors at ARCHES secured a local company, Collaborative Services to delve into the organization.

ARCHES says it’s become apparent it needs to facilitate big change, while working towards goals that take into account consideration of the entire community.

Some of the changes taking place right now include:

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  • A new streamlined Organizational Structure with extensive operational oversight;
  • Implementation of new Board recruitment strategies and policies;
  • Improved ‘Good Neighbour’ policies working to improve the look, safety, debris and impact of the Supervised Consumption Site (SCS);
  • Improved collaboration with Lethbridge Police & EMS;
  • Ensuring a consistent and responsible compensation policy that is in line with similar organizations in terms of size, structure, and feasibility;
  • Enhanced financial oversight;
  • Recommitment to the original harm reduction strategies;
  • Renewed focus on all other areas of current programming; and,
  • Appropriate and professional communication policies involving the public, media, government officials, and partners.

ARCHES notes it’s no secret its had its fair share of recent struggles which has put pressure on the community, partners, funders, and staff.

The organization says it’s clients have always remained a top priority, however ARCHES recognizes it is also time to make Lethbridge a priority as well.

Additionally, ARCHES says it is looking towards future change that will include:

  • An in-house policy for program participation;
  • Further inclusion and/or partnerships in education and treatment programming;
  • Transparent management structures;
  • Improved statistical accuracy;
  • Improved City of Lethbridge & Provincial Government relations;
  • Appropriate staffing compliments;
  • Advancing the organization’s Core Competencies;
  • Internal mental health supports for staff;
  • Appropriate OH&S policy, procedures and programs; and,
  • Improved internal policies and procedures.
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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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