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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Lethbridge Chamber receives federal funds to promote local shopping

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Federal money is coming to Lethbridge to encourage people to shop local.

Close to $140,000  in funding will help the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce expand ongoing efforts to get people to spend their money supporting businesses here in the city.

Chamber CEO Cyndi Vos says this shop local funding represents an opportunity to launch the biggest campaign it has ever had to promote and support local businesses in a real and tangible way.

The four campaigns you’ll soon be hearing about are ShopLocal, ExploreLocal, BuildLocal and InvestLocal.

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The ShopLocal campaign will focus helping businesses with a retail component establish a strong local presence. One major facet of the campaign will be the launch of the Chamber Market, an online store lets local retail businesses create an digital retail presence.


The ExploreLocal campaign will focus on our region’s offline experience. Showcasing our local attractions, hotels, restaurants, sports teams and more, the campaign will show the people of our community that you do not have to leave this amazing local environment to have world class experiences.

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The BuildLocal campaign will focus on our region’s talent. The leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow come from right here in Lethbridge. We have talented thinkers, creators, athletes and entrepreneurs.


The InvestLocal campaign will showcase the strength of our region as an Agriculture Hub. Through harvesting our Local Commodities, the Chamber will highlight the many commodities of our region and shine a spotlight on locally produced products.

(With files from Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce)

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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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