Gambling focus of workshop

Workshop educates on gambling addictions as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

  • Jan. 6, 2012 7:00 p.m.

North Okanagan residents are being encouraged to learn more about gambling addictions.

A community workshop will be held Jan. 19 as part of the inaugural Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

“The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices and to connect people to community services and supports, if needed,” said Annette Sharkey, with the Social Planning Council.

“As a community, we need to educate people on how to gamble responsibly and understand the risks of this recreational activity.”

The community forum will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.

Panelists will include Paul Smith with the B.C. Lottery Corporation and Dwayne Nittel and Janice Mercredi, with the B.C. Responsible and Problem Gambling Program.

Registration for the event can be done at www.responsiblegamblingweek.ca or at 250-545-0585.

“The evening includes dinner, presentations, discussion and dialogue,” said Sharkey.

“In addition to providing statistics, research findings and information on community services, the event aims to engage participants in dialogue. We will be asking participants to discuss the impact of gambling in Vernon and the role of the community in supporting responsible gambling.”

Key themes during these discussions will be recorded by community organizers and used for future planning.

“This is a first for B.C. — a week-long engagement and discussion of what gambling looks like at the local level,” said Sharkey.

“Please join the conversation. If you cannot attend this event, please follow us on Facebook, check out our website at www.responsiblegamblingweek.ca or visit the Myth Busting information kiosk located at various venues around Vernon during the week.”