Myth-busting and education the focus of responsible gambling week in Langley30/04/2015
BCLC and the Province of British Columbia, in cooperation with Gateway Casinos and the City of Langley, have partnered for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. The week engages the whole community in activities designed to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices, May 2-9, 2015.
BCLC and the Province’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch trained local volunteers who will staff a myth-busting kiosk at various venues throughout the week including Walnut Grove Community Centre, Willowbrook Mall and the Langley Seniors Resource Centre.
The City of Langley, Langley Senior Resources Society, Playtime Langley and Cascades Casino have all played an important role in developing the week’s presentations and other events happening in the community.
Langley is one of five communities hosting Responsible Gambling Awareness. The others are Richmond, Kamloops, Vernon, and Greater Victoria.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week was created to educate communities about responsible play and raise awareness of the problem gambling support services available in Langley.
- Whether they buy a lottery ticket, bet in a casino, or gamble online, 81 per cent of adult British Columbians gamble at least once a year.
- The odds always favour the house, there is no such thing as luck, gamblers cannot ‘earn’ a win, and there are warning signs when gambling becomes a problem.
- The Province’s Problem Gambling Help Line (1-888-795-6111) offers problem gamblers free, confidential, multilingual help from trained professionals (11 languages, text services impaired) along with free problem gambling counselling services.
Michael De Jong, Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for Gaming
“Gambling is popular form of entertainment among British Columbians but it also needs to be safe. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week provides a forum to promote healthy choices and raise awareness of the free support services available to British Columbians.”
Jim Lightbody, BCLC President and CEO
“BCLC is committed to supporting smart and healthy gambling choices for our players, while keeping it fun. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week plays an important role in that commitment by engaging the community in open discussions about how our games work, and how to play responsibly.”
Mayor Ted Schaffer, City of Langley
“The City of Langley is pleased to be the host community for this engaging and educational event for another year. Working in collaboration with Cascades Casino, we recognize the importance of offering people the opportunity to educate themselves on gambling responsibly and how to get help if it becomes a problem.”
Mayor Jack Froese, Township of Langley
“This week-long event provides a forum for open and honest dialogue about gambling so people can make healthy choices for themselves. This is an important initiative, and I commend the volunteers and local organizations for helping to coordinate another year of responsible gambling activities in our community.”
Tanya Gabara, Director of Public Relations, Gateway Casinos
“Gateway Casinos is committed to providing the best entertainment experience to our customers throughout British Columbia. As a gaming service provider it is our responsibility to ensure they are making the most informed decision when they choose gaming as a form of entertainment. We are looking forward to engaging with the community to raise awareness of responsible gambling and the variety of resources available.”
Bill Stewart, Vice President of Operations, Playtime Gaming
"Playtime Gaming is proud to support the RGAW in Langley. Responsible Gaming and Game Sense programs are a huge part of our staff training and appropriate response techniques. As a Service provider we are constantly working towards providing the healthiest and safest environment possible for all of our valued guests. Increasing awareness around these successful programs benefits us all."