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Responsible gambling week raises awareness in Kamloops


BCLC and the Province of British Columbia, in cooperation with the City of Kamloops, Gateway Casinos, and Chances Kamloops, have partnered for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week for the third year in a row. The week engages the whole community in activities aimed at raising awareness of responsible gambling practices and the resources available to address problem gambling, March 8-14, 2015.

“Gambling is a popular form of entertainment in B.C., but it also needs to be safe,” said Michael de Jong, Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for Gaming. “Responsible Gambling Awareness Week provides a forum to promote healthy choices and raise awareness of the free support services available to British Columbians.”

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

“At BCLC we want to ensure all our customers are having fun, and that gambling remains a safe and enjoyable activity,” said BCLC Interim President and CEO, Jim Lightbody. “That is why we are here in the community to support our players so they can make informed choices by offering an opportunity to learn and understand how our games work and how to play responsibly.”

BCLC’s service providers have played an important role in helping to coordinate and deliver educational responsible gambling presentations and other events taking place during the week.

“Gateway Casinos is proud to be a part of this initiative each and every year,” said Tanya Gabara, Gateway Casinos’ Director of Public Relations. “Our players are our business and it is very important that we as the service provider do all we can to ensure they are making the most informed decision when they choose gaming as a form of entertainment. We are looking forward to participating in the coming week’s events throughout Kamloops.”

“Chances Casino looks forward to participating in Responsible Gambling Awareness Week and the opportunity of sharing information to heighten awareness around gaming entertainment,” said Chances Director of Marketing, Bryce Herman. “This will be our third year participating in the delivery of great knowledge that continues to assist guests in making good decisions around gaming entertainment choices.”

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 Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops Food Bank, and the Interior Savings Centre for a Blazers game.
“I would like to personally commend all of the volunteers and organizing committees for helping bring this initiative back to Kamloops for another year,” said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar. “This week-long event is an important opportunity for our community to educate themselves on how to enjoy the gaming facilities in our community safely and responsibly.”

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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