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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Operation Red Nose cancelled for 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of a very popular long-running holiday season drive-home service.

Because of the current public health situation, Operation Red Nose says it’s decided to pull the plug on the 2020 campaign.

Jean-Phillipe Giroux, the National Executive Director for Red Nose, says the safety of volunteers, clients, and local host organizations has always been their top priorities.

He says the decision to cancel this year was made after long, careful consideration.

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Operation Red Nose has been running here in Lethbridge for the past 25 years and has been a major fundraiser for U of L Pronghorn Athletics.

Giroux says the hope is the holiday season drive-home service will be back in 2021.

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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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