Education and awareness at the forefront of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week11/02/2014
BCLC is partnering with the Province of British Columbia, View Royal Casino, and the WestShore Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness about responsible gambling this week in Greater Victoria. Events will be aimed at educating the community on responsible gambling practices, February 9-15, 2014.
“Most adult British Columbians gamble at least once a year, whether they buy a lottery ticket, bet in a casino, or gamble online,” said Mike De Jong, Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for Gaming. “That is why it is important that we raise awareness of responsible gambling in B.C. through engaging public discussions in our communities.”
The Greater Victoria area is one of six communities hosting Responsible Gambling Awareness. The others are Prince George, Vernon, Kamloops, Langley and Richmond.
“We're here to talk to Greater Victoria residents about the myths of gambling, and the resources available to help keep gambling safe, fun and entertaining,” said BCLC Interim President and CEO, Jim Lightbody. “The more people know, the better equipped they are to make healthy decisions.”
The West Shore Chamber of Commerce and View Royal Casino have played an important role in helping to coordinate and deliver the week’s events.
BCLC and the BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program volunteers will staff myth-busting kiosks at several locations throughout the week, including the University of Victoria and Camosun College campuses.
“Events throughout the week will generate open and honest dialogue about making healthy choices,” said View Royal Mayor Graham Hill. “This is a chance for everyone in the community to get involved and learn about responsible gambling and the myths associated with gambling.”
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week was created to educate communities about responsible play and raise awareness of the problem gambling support services available in the community.