Responsible gambling week in Langley aims to raise awareness04/02/2014
BCLC and the Province of British Columbia are partnering with the City of Langley to host Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. From February 2 to 8, 2014 activities designed to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices and the services available to help those who may be challenged with a gambling problem will take place throughout the community.
“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.”
Langley is one of six communities hosting Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. The others are Prince George, Greater Victoria, Kamloops, Richmond and Vernon.
“This week reflects BCLC’s commitment to promoting responsible gambling practices,” said Susan Dolinski, BCLC Vice President Communications and Social Responsibility. “This is an opportunity for Langley residents to get involved and learn about keeping gambling safe, fun and entertaining.”
The City of Langley, Langley Senior Resources Society and Cascades Casino have all played an important role in developing the week’s presentations and other events happening in the community.
BCLC and BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program volunteers will staff a myth-busting kiosk at various venues throughout the week including George Preston Arena, Willowbrook Mall, and the Colossus Movie Theatre.
“This is a very important initiative,” said Langley Mayor Ted Schaffer. “We must do our part in ensuring our citizens who enjoy gambling do so responsibly, and in a way that is sustainable for the long term.”
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.