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Two southern Alberta residents to receive Alberta Order of Excellence

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EDMONTON, AB – A pair of local residents will receive the province’s highest honour.

Lethbridge’s Cor Van Raay, who passed away a few months ago, and Blood Reserve resident Lena Heavy Shields-Russell are two of eight people to be named to Alberta’s Order of Excellence in 2021.

The honour recognizes Albertans who’ve made an outstanding provincial, national, or international impact.

Van Raay, who was a well-know philanthropist, will be honoured for his generosity and community building. Heavy Shields-Russell is a Blood Tribe elder and teacher will be recognized for creating Alberta’s Blackfoot curriculum.

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This year’s induction will bring the total number of people invested into the Alberta Order of Excellence to 197.

You can read the bios of all eight new Alberta Order of Excellence recipients here: Alberta Order of Excellence

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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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