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Heatwave: Close watch being kept on Lethbridge’s homeless population

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It’s the city’s most vulnerable that are at highest risk during this unprecedented heatwave.

The Lethbridge Shelter is doing what it can to keep clients safe.

Shaundra Bruvall with Alpha House, the organization which operates the local shelter, says they’re trying to encourage those who are homeless to take a break from the heat.

“We are increasing our presence in the community around the shelter to bring folks inside,” says Bruvall. “For those who don’t want to come inside for whatever reason we are ensuring we have supplies available for them and that includes water and sunscreen. Really, just doing some welfare checks.”

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Bruvall says these extreme conditions can add a host of issues for folks who don’t have a cool place to stay. She notes this weather can be very dangerous, with the potential for all kinds of health-related issues.

“The population we serve is largely unhoused. It means they’re spending a significant amount of time outdoors, way more than you and I who maybe have air-conditioned homes of something like that. In extreme temperatures we know this puts people at greater risk of dehydration and heat stroke,” says Bruvall.

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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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