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Responsible Gambling Awareness Weeks are here!

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


BCLC, the City of Vernon, the Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan 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, March 2-8, 2014.

“Educational events across our community this week highlight the importance of being responsible when enjoying the entertainment of gambling,” said Vernon MLA Eric Foster. “The more people know about the facts, the more equipped they are to make smart and healthy decisions.”

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

“We are pleased to be back in the community of Vernon for a third straight year,” said BCLC Interim President and CEO, Jim Lightbody. “It is evident in our continued partnership with the city that this initiative is an important step in helping people understand the resources available and healthy gambling practices.”

The Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan has been instrumental in helping with coordinating and delivering the week’s 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 Okanagan College, Okanagan Regional Library and Village Green Mall.

“This has been a valuable learning event for Vernon residents,” said Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky. “For the third year, we are looking forward to hosting this week-long event and bringing important gambling education and awareness to our community.”

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 or follow the week’s events on Facebook.


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