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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Local shopping being urged by Lethbridge Chamber this holiday season

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – New provincial supports for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are being welcomed by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce.

CEO Cyndi Vos says they’re gratified that all levels of government are maintaining a strong safety net of support for businesses and individuals.

She notes while the move this Sunday to tighter restrictions is not desirable, the only way we can move toward economic recovery is for the government to reduce the transmission of the virus.

“Having some cash flow through government supports will help our job creators to hang on a bit longer,” Lethbridge Chamber CEO Cyndi Vos

Vos also says businesses will no doubt face incredible strain for the rest of the holiday season as some have to shut down and others will have to reduce capacity.

“Businesses will do what’s necessary to support public health, but they cannot do it alone,” says Vos. “The Chamber continue to urge Lethbridge residents to shop local, shop safely, and support our charitable sector this holiday season – it’s simply the right thing to do.”

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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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