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Temporary changes to City of Lethbridge Fee Assistance Program

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Lethbridge City Council has approved modifying the Fee Assistance Program which provides financial help to residents for recreation and culture activities.

City Councillor Jeffery Coffman says the economic recovery committee heard from City staff that something better could be done with this program temporarily to help out more people.

It wasn’t used at all between mid-March and mid-July because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The changes being made are expected to help in addressing concerns and meeting the needs of the community in the best way possible.

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Eligibility for the City’s Fee Assistance Program now includes:

  • Those people on the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB),
  • Replace “Be a minimum of four classes in length or a membership” with “Classes or membership at an organization that offers recreational or cultural activities” The offerings of many organizations have changed because of the risks of COVID-19
  • The maximum amount for eligible residents will increase by $50 to $200 a person.

“As we start to get more requests, we are hearing a lot of the same concerns about the limitations of the Fee Assistance program in the new COVID world,” says Lori Harasem, Recreation and Culture Development Manager. “These change will really help in addressing these concerns and best meeting the needs of our community as well as the organizations and businesses offering programs.”

These changes will be in place until the end of 2020 or until the program funding for this year has been fully used up.

(Files from City of Lethbridge)

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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 New 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.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

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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