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Lethbridge’s Diversion Outreach Team expanding services

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There is now expanded hours and more people on the ground working with Lethbridge DOT.

The Diversion Outreach Team (DOT) is operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association and has had established a presence with at-risk individuals in the city since 2015.

The City of Lethbridge says people will see DOT teams out on the street from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm every single day, plus the addition of a second team which will operate from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

DOT provides outreach and transportation supports for vulnerable people who may be exhibiting symptoms of public intoxication or drug use.

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The outreach resource is funded by the city and the expansion to add a second team and extended hours is one of 12 initiatives stemming from the Downtown Clean and Safe Strategy which was approved by City Council in January.

DOT can be contacted by calling 403-892-3707 or if residents are unsure who to call, they can reach out to 311 and be directed to the appropriate resource.

(With files from City of Lethbridge)

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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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