News from Kamloops

December 7, 2012

BCLC's Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Coming to Kamloops: Volunteers Needed!

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops is happy to announce it will be hosting Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, a community initiative to help better inform the community about the myths and risks associated with gambling, while promoting responsible play and support services.

"The City of Kamloops is excited to be involved in this unique week-long event," said Mayor Peter Milobar. "Whether as volunteers or participants, this is a great opportunity for people to come together to learn more about responsible gambling and the kinds of resources that are available right here in our community and throughout the province."

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week ("RGAW") is an initiative created by BCLC and the Province scheduled to take place in five communities across B.C. throughout the month of January, 2013. RGAW will take place in Kamloops from January 7 to 12, 2013. Other communities involved are Langley, Vernon, Prince George and Vancouver Island's West Shore.

With the help of the City of Kamloops' Social Planning Council and Advisory Committees, the week will feature a number of events and local activities including a travelling myth-busting kiosk and a Responsible Gambling Open House to promote open discussion and information sharing in the community.

"Our objective really is to engage a variety of audiences about responsible gambling and problem gambling in a fun and informative way," said Jen Casorso, Recreation Supervisor, Social and Community Development. "By putting this event on here in Kamloops, we are creating positive change in regards to gambling issues and connecting people to local support services, if needed."

Community organizers are currently seeking volunteers to take part in a BCLC training workshop in order to become kiosk facilitators. The kiosk will be located at various venues in the community including at the mall, seniors centres and Thompson River University and will feature resources and interactive games.

The volunteer time commitment will include attending training sessions for four hours, followed by at minimum one shift of two hours in the community. Community members who are interested in volunteering during the week of January 7-12 or require more information are asked to contact Kamloops@bclc.com or 1-888-454-0088.

For more information about Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in Kamloops, please visit www.bclc.com/responsiblegambling/ or go to our Facebook page: Responsible Gambling Week Kamloops.

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Media Contact:
Ben Chobater, Community Development Coordinator
City of Kamloops
250-828-3582
bchobater@kamloops.ca