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Lethbridge College students team up with Charmed Playhouses for new cottage designs

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Design students at Lethbridge College are teaming with a unique local builder.

Charmed Playhouses is hosting practicums for 10 students from the college’s Interior Design Technology, Architectural Animation, and Virtual and Augmented Reality programs.

This summer, Charmed is opening a themed cottage resort in southern Alberta, bringing the magic of their playhouses to a new clientele – attracting families for a “glamping” experience.

College interior design instructor, Naama Tuckett says this is a great, fun way for these students to be part of something very different.

“Because they’re just coming out of school, they have new ideas and they’re looking at things in a different way. And our students are so familiar with new technologies in drafting, 3D modeling and animating that they can not only build these spaces on paper, but also bring them to life and really show and visualize what the spaces will look like before they’re built.” – Naama Tuckett, IDT and AAT instructor

Some of these student designs will become permanent fixtures in numerous themed cottages in the Crowsnest Pass.

For Charmed Playhouses founder and CEO, and a former Lethbridge College Business Administration Student, Tyson Leavitt, the experience has brought him full circle.

He says “I started at the college when I was 21 years old and I started my first business while I was in college. And now I’m at a point where I have a need within my company to scale the resort side and the college has what I need to be able to help do that. It’s a big demand on our company to be able to grow into this resort business, so we’re going to have to be hiring talented people. Fortunately for us, we have talented people right up the road at the college with the things they’re doing.”

Bookings for some cottages are already available on the Charmed Family Resorts website.

Charmed Playhouses founder and CEO Tyson Leavitt (centre, standing) and interior designer Audrey Leavitt (centre, seated) get into character, surrounded by Charmed staff and Lethbridge College students. Photo courtesy of Lethbridge College.

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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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