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BCLC Celebrates Pride Month 2021 by Raising the Progress Flag

June 10, 2021


BCLC celebrated Pride Month 2021 today by raising the Progress flag at its Kamloops headquarters as a prominent symbol of BCLC’s ongoing commitment to and celebration of pride, diversity, inclusion and belonging. In addition to the new flag, BCLC has also updated the Pride crosswalk at its Kamloops headquarters and building decals at its Vancouver office, to reflect the Progress flag’s additional colours and design. 

BCLC is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, where all employees are afforded equal opportunity and treated with dignity and respect. Dedicated Pride and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committees guide BCLC in promoting and supporting a diverse and inclusive working environment that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

“Diversity, inclusion and belonging is a journey, not a destination, and I’m so proud to see the Progress flag flown at BCLC’s headquarters in Kamloops,” said Peter ter Weeme, BCLC’s Chief Social Purpose Officer and Vice President, Player Experience. “This signifies an important step forward in BCLC’s journey to better reflect diversity and inclusion.”

Katelyn Boughton, Kamloops Pride Committee President and Senior System Analyst at BCLC, is a founding member of BCLC’s own Pride Committee and has been monumental in many Pride initiatives at BCLC, including the 2019 unveiling of the rainbow crosswalk. 

“Flying the Progress flag at BCLC symbolizes that diversity, inclusion, belonging and feeling accepted as LGBTQ2S+ are important to us, and matter to everyone at BCLC,” Boughton said. “This was a collaborative effort between Executives, the Pride Committee and the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee and demonstrates BCLC’s commitment to the LGBTQ2S+ community in Kamloops, Vancouver and right across the province.” 

BCLC humbly acknowledges that our head office is situated on the unceded, traditional territory of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc. The flags at our Kamloops headquarters, including the new Progress flag, will continue to fly at half-mast to honour the victims of the Kamloops residential school and their families. 

Photo caption, (left to right): BCLC employees Jennifer Dollard, Senior Specialist, (seated), Peter ter Weeme, Chief Social Purpose Officer and Vice President, Player Experience, Ashton Blaine, Senior Analyst, and Katelyn Boughton, Senior System Analyst, celebrate the Progress flag raising at BCLC’s Kamloops head office on June 10, 2021.