Wednesday, November 17, 2021
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Some shelters in Alberta receiving funding to support homeless this winter

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EDMONTON, AB – Over $21 million is being put forward by the province to help protect vulnerable Albertans as we head into much colder weather.

The money will be used to ensure folks have access to services like 24-7 emergency shelter access as well as support for victims of domestic violence.

Of that funding, $6.5 million will be for 285 COVID-19 isolation spaces in ten communities including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Those sites aim to help take the pressure off the public health care system by helping shelter clients who get COVID isolate and receive medical care if they don’t need to go to the hospital.

The rest of the $21.5 million dollars, $13 million and $2 million respectively, will be split between emergency homeless and women’s shelters, including the shelter and resource centre in Lethbridge.

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Community and Social Service Minister, Jason Luan says this funding will go a long way to ensure shelters are providing Albertans with critical supports in a healthy environment.

This additional funding announced Wednesday guarantees these supports will be in place until March 2022.

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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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