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Lethbridge business commits $100,000 over five years to Interfaith Food Bank

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Lethbridge’s Interfaith Food Bank receiving a major financial commitment from a local business.

Mikado Electric has offered $100,000 over five years to help with food purchases.

Food Bank Executive Director, Danielle McIntyre says a commitment like this is a first of its kind for Interfaith and one they’re hoping will inspire other groups to also make long-term commitments of support to the organization.

“We really do ride on faith,” says  McIntyre, “Somehow our community has always been able to come through for us. A commitment of this type is the first of its kind for Interfaith, and one we’re hoping will inspire other groups to also make long term commitments of support to any of the expenses the food bank carries from year to year.”

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Mikado Electric becomes the first founding partner in the new “Food Bank Guardians” sponsorship program. Company owner Mike Mikado says he’d like to challenge and encourage like-minded business owners to follow suit to make a larger impact across the city.

“This allows us to offer social sustainability to the Lethbridge community, in a long-term way. As the owner, I would like to challenge and encourage like-minded business owners to follow suit so we can make a larger impact in the city that we live in, and have built our businesses in,” says Mikado.

A charitable, non-profit organization, the food bank is almost completely reliant upon the generosity of the community for food purchases and operational costs. With no sustainable funding options for programs offered by the food bank, Interfaith says in a news release that longer term commitment by Mikado Electric offers a type of sustainability and security for the food bank that will help to ensure food security supports are available to our community in the future.

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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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