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Claresholm part of new national immigration pilot project

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The Town of Claresholm is part of a very short list of communities across the country selected for a new federal government pilot project.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says of the 11 communities the federal government is choosing for the rural immigration program, one happens to be right here in southern Alberta. All the communities will gain new workers and citizens that are badly needed to boost dwindling economies.

Hussen announcing Friday (June 14) this will give rural employers the ability to directly select immigrants to hire and will also give immigrants the ability to choose one of these 11 places to make their permanent home.

The selected communities include Claresholm, which happens to be the only Alberta community on the list.

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Other cities and towns are in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan ,and B.C.

The participating communities were selected as a representative sample of the regions across Canada to assist in laying out the blueprint for the rest of the country.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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