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U of L grad student receives award for research study

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A grad student at the University of Lethbridge has earned an award from the Parkland Institute.

Jaisie Walker graduated from the U of L’s Department of Women and Gender Studies. The award is for a project called Unsettling Lateral Violence: Queer Genealogies of Non/Monogamy in Southern Alberta.

Walker’s proposed study will utilize participants as part of the research approach. She looks to gather 15 people to photographically document community assets and concerns around violence, safety, accountability and more.

Walker says for many LGBTQA2S+ people, non/monogamous relationships are seen as progressive and transgressive solutions to heteronormative violence. “Consequently, non/monogamous relationships have become a way of mobilizing political values in an attempt to be more responsible, caring and loving. However, non/monogamies scholarship is beginning to outline significant constraints that factors such as race, gender and class have on negotiations of safety and desire in non/monogamous relationships.”

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U of L Sociologist, Dr. Trevor Harrison, who’s also Director of the Parkland Institute, says despite some legal gains in recent years, the LGBTQ+ community still faces many challenges, as Walker’s project highlights. “Their submission was clear, well-articulated, and frankly exciting. We look forward to the results of their research.”

Walker explains that, while the justice system still has its place in dealing with situations of interpersonal violence, most instances occur between people who have established loving, trusting relationships where criminal charges are not always a desirable outcome.

Walker has worked on the frontlines of anti-violence programming and seen how the queer and non/monogamous communities are underserved by current policies on interpersonal violence.

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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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