British Columbia will once again host its annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Month throughout January, 2013, with various communities hosting events throughout the month. These events are part of a joint effort to educate BC residents about the risks associated with gambling – while also discussing future gambling expansion plans.
The campaign was created as a partnership between the BC government, the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC), the BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program, View Royal Casino, and the WestShore Chamber of Commerce. Communities that have registered to serve as hosts for events include the cities of Vernon, Kamloops, and Prince George in the BC interior; along with the township of Langley in the Vancouver metropolitan area, and the WestShore communities on Vancouver Island.
The events will involve information sessions and community forums about gambling locales in the province, including casinos, racetracks, and lottery terminals. Volunteers will be on hand to help make attendees aware of how these gambling outlets work, the odds of winning, and how gaming revenue helps to support communities across the province. However, a large part of the information sessions is to build awareness problem gambling programs offered by provincial organizations operating under the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.
Following the completion of the weeklong events, BCLC will convene with internationally recognized problem gambling experts at a conference in Vancouver scheduled for January 28 until January 30. This three day seminar is known as the New Horizons Responsible Gambling Conference, and will feature these gaming experts discussing strategies to enhance preventive and responsive problem gambling programs. The seminar will summarize the month long campaign to establish goals for future social responsible gambling development programs.
The province and its affiliates hope the awareness events will enhance responsible gambling programs for future gaming operations – a New Year’s resolution that BC hopes will benefit all gamers across the province.