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Responsible gambling week aims to educate and raise awareness in Vernon


BCLC and the Province of British Columbia, in cooperation with Gateway Casinos have partnered for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. The week engages the whole community in activities designed to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices, April 12-18, 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 Okanagan College, Galaxy Cinemas and the Okanagan Indian Band Health Department.

The entire community is welcome to a free public swim on Sunday, April 12 from 1:30pm - 4pm. Swim for free, play games and win prizes, all while learning about the responsible gambling programs and problem gambling resources available in Vernon.

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

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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For more information and a list of the week’s activities, visit or follow the week’s events on Facebook

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Michael De Jong, Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for Gaming

“Gambling is a popular form of entertainment in B.C., but it also needs to be safe. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is an important part of our obligation to educate the public on the risks of gambling and raise awareness of the support services available for the small percentage of the British Columbians who are vulnerable to problem gambling.”

Jim Lightbody, BCLC President and CEO

“In 2012, Vernon was BCLC’s pilot project for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, and with its continued success, we are excited to be back in the community again for another year. This week is all about our players and our commitment to responsible gambling. At BCLC, we are proud to offer fun entertainment for adults, and we also take great pride in ensuring our games remain healthy and safe.”

MLA Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee

“This awareness week gives everyone in the Vernon area an opportunity to learn about responsible gambling and the support available to them. It’s important that everyone who gambles knows all they can about making sensible decisions.”

Mayor Akbal Mund, Vernon

“The City of Vernon is pleased to support BCLC in this initiative that promotes making responsible gambling choices while enjoying the facilities in our community. We advocate people making informed, positive choices for themselves and encourage Vernon residents to play within their limits.”

Tanya Gabara, Gateway Casinos Director of Public Relations

“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.”

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