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Chinook Arch libraries providing special kits to screen for lung cancer

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Chinook Arch is the latest library system to partner with The Lung Association for the Radon Screening Program, aimed at increasing awareness and encouraging the public to screen their home.

“We are pleased to offer this free kit to library patrons in southwest Alberta to learn more about and screen for radon,” says Lisa Weekes, Manager of Partnerships and Community Development for Chinook Arch. “Our libraries are committed to offering a wide variety of resources to our communities. We are excited about this partnership that will allow anyone to screen radon levels in their homes.”

Radon is an invisible, odourless gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the ground and can build up in homes undetected. Long term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Recent research from the University of Calgary indicated that one in six homes in western Canada have high radon levels.

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The radon kits will be located at 18 Chinook Arch library locations, but can be placed on hold and checked out from any Chinook Arch library.

The kits are for initial screening only.

Holds can be placed on the kits between October 1 to May 1 each year. To place a hold, visit www.chinookarch.ca and type Radon Screening Program Kit into the search bar.

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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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