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Lethbridge plasma donor centre opens; first location in western Canada

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge is one of three new centres in Canada and the only one out west that now has a dedicated plasma donor location.

Brenna Scott with Canadian Blood Services says the opening of the new plasma location is an exciting time for the organization.

Plasma is a protein-rich liquid in blood that helps other blood components circulate throughout the body It is often transfused as a life-saving treatment for patients undergoing extensive surgery or trauma, or with cancer or bleeding disorders.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our Lethbridge blood donors and we know they are ready to carry on the tradition of giving to help meet the plasma needs for Canadian patients. We look forward to welcoming donors from the community through our doors,” Brenna Scott 

Plasma donations from these dedicated centres like this one in Lethbridge will move Canadian Blood Services another step closer to increasing plasma collection in Canada.

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Appointments are now available and plasma donors in in this region can pre-book their donation appointments by visiting blood.ca, downloading the GiveBlood app or calling 1-888-2DONATE.

The donor centre is located at 10-3735 Mayor Magrath Drive South and the hours of operation are Tuesday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

New measures are in place due to COVID-19 including masks, additional screening, increased cleaning and distancing.

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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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