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Support local businesses social media campaign launching in Lethbridge

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A campaign is being launched to support local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development and the Downtown BRZ have put together something called #InThisTogetherYQL.

Trevor Lewington with Economic Development Lethbridge says this invites residents to use that hashtag on social media platforms to show moral support for businesses across the region. “This social media campaign is a way for residents to promote their favourite local business and highlight some of the interesting and creative ways businesses here are staying open and serving their community.”

The campaign runs from April 6th to May 18th and those who take part will be entered to win one of ten $100 gift certificates to support businesses in Lethbridge.

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“In recent days we have all been consumed with news on the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it is affecting our health, our families, and our businesses,” says Cyndi Vos, Executive Officer, Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce. “Small business is the backbone of the Canadian and our local economy. During this time, it is critical that we continue to support our local businesses.”

#InThisTogetherYQL is a way to provide connection, information, and support across social media and to share stories (both positive and negative). Tell your story or share a story about a business that is showing resilience during the crisis or that needs the community’s help in order to stay in business. Use the hashtag #InThisTogetherYQL and tag the business.

Lewington says the grim facts show many businesses, after 30 days of dealing with a major economic blow such as this, won’t survive and he doesn’t want to see that happen here. “We’ve got to find ways to support local, we’ve got to get money into the hands of our business owners. Many of them are coming up with web ordering, virtual services. People are shifting their business models and we want to make sure the community is aware and embraces that.”

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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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