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First Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in Fort St. John


Most adult British Columbians gamble at least once a year, whether they buy a lottery ticket, bet in a casino or gamble online. It’s a popular form of entertainment so it’s important to balance the fun with the facts.

This year, BCLC, in partnership with the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch’s BC Responsible Problem Gambling Program (BC RPGP) and Chances Fort St. John will host the first Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) in Fort St. John from April 3 - 9, 2016.

RGAW is a fun, community-based program aimed at promoting responsible gambling practices and raising awareness about the resources available to help reduce problem gambling.

Local residents can learn the facts and get tips about setting limits while winning prizes at the Ok to Play? RGAW demonstration at Just Jacks at the Pomeroy Hotel on Monday, April 4 from 6 - 9PM. Residents can also check out the Ok to Play? RGAW events at Chances Fort St. John on Thursday, April 7 from 6 - 9PM and at the Fort St. John Tradeshow on Friday, April 8 to Saturday April 9, 2016.

Fort St. John is one of six communities across the province hosting a Responsible Gambling Awareness Week from February 14 to April 9. Other communities to host an RGAW this year are Greater Victoria, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna and Richmond. For more information about the RGAW events, please visit


Hon. Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance:

“The more people know, the better equipped they are to make healthy decisions about gambling. That's what Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is all about. This event provides a forum to promote healthy choices and raise awareness of the free support services available to B.C. residents.”

Pat Pimm, MLA Peace River North:

“Education can help create awareness about gambling and I encourage people to attend this event and learn more about responsible gambling practices.”

Jim Lightbody, President & CEO, BCLC:

“At BCLC, we look out for our players because it’s the right thing to do. This means being transparent and providing our players with the facts about gambling so they can make informed choices. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is one more way we can educate our players so that gambling remains a fun form of entertainment.”

Jackie Clayton, Vice President Public Relations & Partnerships, Pomeroy Lodging Group:

“Chances Fort St. John is proud to be a part of this initiative. Our players are our business and it is very important to us as the service provider, to ensure gambling is delivered in the most responsible way. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is an excellent forum for both our players and our gaming staff. We are looking forward to hosting an event at Chances Fort St. John on Thursday, April 7 from 6 - 9PM.”

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