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Lethbridge’s Ron Sakamoto to be invested into Alberta Order of Excellence

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A well-known Lethbridge man is one of eight people to be given Alberta’s highest honour.

Ron Sakamoto is being invested with the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Sakamoto has been a big player in the Canadian country music industry as a major promoter with Gold and Gold Productions. He’s also the owner of Paradise Canyon Golf Course.

In the past, Sakamoto has also been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, Alberta Centennial Medal for Outstanding Service to People and the Province of Alberta and an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of Lethbridge.

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Lieutenant-Governor Lois Mitchell says these extraordinary Albertans have maintained a lifelong commitment to making a real and lasting difference in the lives of others. “Their great examples remind us of the importance of giving back and inspire us all to share our best with the world.”

The investiture ceremony will be held in Edmonton in October.

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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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