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National recognition for Lethbridge as city designated a clean shoreline community

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An exciting World Environment Day in Lethbridge as the city has been given a new designation as a Clean Shoreline Community.
Residents have been picking up trash in the coulees and along the river banks for the past 11 years and that hard work has garnered the attention of Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada, the organizations in charge of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Lethbridge is only the fifth city in Canada to be named a Clean Shoreline Community, along with Vancouver, Wets Vancouver, Calgary, and Hamilton.
Helen Schuler Nature Centre Manager, Coreen Putman, says it might seem odd to call Lethbridge a Clean Shoreline Community given we aren’t anywhere near the ocean, but anything we put in our rivers can end up in the ocean as well.
By becoming a Clean Shoreline Community, the City of Lethbridge will work collaboratively with Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada to raise awareness of the impacts of shoreline litter and to inspire residents to keep all shorelines free of litter.
According to the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, 43% of the trash items picked up last year during shoreline cleanups were cigarette butts
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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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