BCLC raises gambling awareness

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week runs until Saturday in Vernon.

Local residents can find out more about the issues surrounding gambling.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week runs until Saturday in Vernon.

“This week is all about our players and our commitment to responsible gambling,” said Jim Lightbody, B.C. Lottery Corporation president.

Activities include a free public swim today from 1:30 to 4 p.m.  at the Vernon Recreation Complex. Participants can play games and win prizes, all while learning about the responsible gambling programs and problem gambling resources available in Vernon.

Trained volunteers will also operate a myth-busting kiosk at various venues throughout the week, including Okanagan College, Galaxy Cinemas and the Okanagan Indian Band health department.

Vernon has been involved with Responsible Gambling Awareness Week since 2012.

“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,” said Mayor Akbal Mund.

“We advocate people making informed, positive choices for themselves and encourage Vernon residents to play within their limits.”

Also involved in the week is Gateway Casinos, which operates the local Lake City Casino.

“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,” said Tanya Gabara, Gateway Casinos director of public relations.

“We are looking forward to engaging with the community to raise awareness of responsible gambling and the variety of resources available.”

For more information and a list of the week’s activities, visit www.bclc.com/responsiblegambling/ or go to www.facebook.com/responsiblegamblingweek.