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Lethbridge Legion poppy campaign raises over $92,000 this year

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This year’s local Remembrance Day poppy campaign was a big success.

Officials with the Royal Canadian Legion General Stewart Branch say the campaign brought in just over $92,000 as of November 25th through generous donations from individuals, businesses, poppy boxes and from wreath and cross sales.

The local legion was able to exceed its fundraising goal in 2020 thanks to a couple of large donations.

“The level of support this year was over-whelming” says Michael Cormican, President General Stewart Legion in Lethbridge.

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Frequent calls were also received to replenish poppy supplies throughout the campaign.

“This year was the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2, and the public awareness of this milestone may have contributed to increased donations this year under a COVID-19 environment in honouring our Veterans. Local businesses who were not official sponsors also participated in a meaningful way and we appreciate their demonstration in helping to promote Remembrance,” stated Cormican.

All the money raised during the annual poppy campaign provides assistance to local veterans and their families.

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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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