Responsible Gambling Council centres now in 24 OLG Slots and Casinos
TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - A new Responsible Gaming Resource Centre (RGRC)
launched today at the OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack. Jon Kelly, CEO,
Responsible Gambling Council (RGC); Kelly McDougald, CEO, OLG; Catherine
LaPointe, General Manager, OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack and Karen Williams,
Manager, Responsible Gaming Resource Centre, Woodbine Racetrack, participated
in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening.
The centre provides patrons with information about safer gambling
practices, assistance and referrals for help, if necessary. RGRCs have
expanded their services from two original locations to 24 locations in OLG
casino and slots venues across Ontario, with more slated to open in 2009.
"There is widespread consensus in Ontario about the importance of
awareness and problem gambling prevention programs," said Jon Kelly, CEO, RGC.
"If you want to talk to gamblers, it makes great sense to have information
services available where people actually gamble."
The centres are operated and staffed by independent problem gambling
prevention specialists from the Responsible Gambling Council, a non-profit
organization specializing in prevention strategies. Information provided to
the RGRC staff is confidential. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
(OLG) provides free space in the venue and funds operating costs.
"OLG is committed to working with our partners at Responsible Gambling
Council to educate and inform our customers about how to enjoy our games
responsibly and how to get help when needed," said Kelly McDougald, CEO, OLG.
"This new centre builds on the many elements of our program, such as the
recently launched website (www.knowyourlimit.ca) that debunks gambling myths,
extensive training for all our staff and the opening of new RGRCs at all our
facilities. These centres would not be possible without the collaboration of
the Government of Ontario and RGC."
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