Volunteers needed for gambling awareness effort

Vernon is hosting B.C.’s inaugural Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Jan. 14 to 20.

Volunteers are being sought to spread the word about responsible gambling.

Vernon is hosting B.C.’s inaugural Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Jan. 14 to 20.

“The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices, create positive change in regards to gambling issues in Vernon and connect people to local support services, if needed,” said Annette Sharkey, with the Social Planning Council.

A number of events are planned for the week including a mobile Myth Buster information kiosk that features resources and interactive games.

The kiosk will be located at various sites including Okanagan College, the Schubert Centre and the First Nations Friendship Centre.

“Currently, we are seeking volunteers who are willing to take part in a B.C. Lottery Corporation training workshop in order to become kiosk facilitators,” said Sharkey.

“The role of the facilitator is to engage individuals, create a fun learning environment and educate people about responsible gambling.”

If you are interested in volunteering or require more information, contact the North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society at 250-545-0585 ext. 224 or e-mail lynn@noees.com.

“We are seeking energetic people with a passion for teaching and engaging the public who are available during the week of Jan. 14 to 20,” said Sharkey.

The initiative involves the City of Vernon and the B.C. Lottery Corporation.