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Work to continue on proposed Lethbridge performing arts centre

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Initial planning will be finished for a proposed performing arts centre in the city.

City Council voted 6-3 this week to allow the Performing Arts Centre Steering Committee to complete its work.

There was concern among some Councillors on Monday (Nov. 2) that a facility such as this just isn’t possible right now, given the current financial climate. The cost of building a performing arts centre is estimated to be around $100 million.

Part of the work to be completed by the Committee includes selection of a future site.

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Council was told there was around $147,000 left over from a grant for project planning and design.

A performing arts centre has been proposed as far back as 20 years ago when a facility needs assessment in 2000 identified one as a priority.

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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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