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Lethbridge school divisions to recognize National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Local schools are honouring a new statutory holiday at the end of this month.

Both the Lethbridge School Division and the Holy Spirit Catholic Division say they will be recognizing the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

As a result, all local schools will be closed and kids will have a day off on Sept. 30.

Board Chair for the public district, Christine Light, says the “Lethbridge School Division believes it is imperative to face, reflect, learn and grow from this history to honour both those who experienced this atrocity first-hand as well as those who continue to bear the marks today. We desire to become a community who grows in understanding, sees with compassion and lives with an inclusive spirit.”

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Holy Spirit officials say this should be a day of reflection on the importance of truth and reconciliation in our local communities.

Sept. 30 has been known in schools for the past number of years as Orange Shirt Day which recognizes the legacy of residential schools.

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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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