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“We truly hope this is the final reopening plan,” says Lethbridge Chamber CEO

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Folks at the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce are all smiles with the province fully opening back up on July 1st.

CEO Cyndi Vos says they recognize this pandemic isn’t over yet, but it’s clear vaccines are working as case counts have fallen quickly across the region and province.

As of Wednesday, the active COVID-19 case count in the City of Lethbridge had fallen to under ten.

Vos says the Canada Day Stage 3 reopening is a welcome sign for Lethbridge businesses, but she stresses continued government support is still needed.

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“Over the last 15 months, we have seen countless small businesses throughout our province close their doors permanently. Those are Albertans who have invested their hearts and dollars into creating something that would contribute to our economy. The Governments of Canada and Alberta must ensure supports remain in place until businesses have had an opportunity see revenue come through the door, to ensure we don’t experience more small business casualties before they have truly recovered,” said Vos

Vos notes as excited as the Chamber is, they truly hope this is the final reopening plan we have to see after what she refers to as “several false starts”.

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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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