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A No Go: Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival postponed to 2022

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – There will be no local Dragon Boat Festival again this year.

After plenty of consultation, the planning committee with the Rotary Clubs of Lethbridge and Alberta Health, it’s be decided the 2021 event will not go ahead.

Committee Chair, Diane Randell says the health, safety and well-being of all those involved with the festival is paramount.

She says due to additional risks imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic with an event such as this, the committee will focus efforts on 2022 and beyond.

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“We look forward to exceeding the long-standing expectations of our festival and to hosting our community, visitors, and athletes (local and out of town, out of province and country) in 2022 at the most renowned Dragon Boat Festival in Western Canada,” said Randell in a media release on Thursday.

The Dragon Boat festival is usually held in June each year at Henderson Lake.

Next year’s event with mark the 20th anniversary.

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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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