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Myth-busting and education the focus of responsible gambling week in Kamloops

20/01/2014

BCLC, the City of Kamloops and the Province of British Columbia have partnered for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. The week engages the whole community in activities designed to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices, January 19-25, 2013.

“We know that gambling is an activity the majority of British Columbians enjoy for entertainment,” said Mike De Jong, Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for Gaming. “That is why this week is an important step to further ongoing public discussion of responsible gambling and to raise awareness of the network of community and support services available to British Columbians.”

Kamloops is one of six communities hosting Responsible Gambling Awareness. The others are Prince George, Greater Victoria, Langley, Richmond and Vernon.

“The more people know, the better equipped they are to make healthy decisions about gambling,” said BCLC President and CEO, Michael Graydon. “Most adult British Columbians gamble at least once a year, whether buying a lottery ticket, betting in a casino, gambling online or playing poker with friends. This week reflects BCLC’s commitment to promoting responsible gambling practices and to have open, honest dialogue with the residents of Kamloops.”

The City of Kamloops’ Social Planning Council is helping to coordinate and deliver the week’s events, playing a vital role in selecting target audiences and themes for workshops and presentations, finding volunteers and inviting key stakeholders to events.

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 Aberdeen Mall, Thompson Rivers University and at a Kamloops Blazers game.

“Positive change begins with community discussion,” said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar. “This week-long engagement and discussion offers people information they can use to make the right choices for themselves. I personally commend our dedicated staff and volunteers for helping to make this week such a great success.”

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.

For more information and a list of the week’s activities, visit www.bclc.com/responsiblegambling/ or follow the week’s events on Facebook.

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