A gambling addiction can ruin your life and destroy relationships, finances and any plans you have for the future, according to the Responsible Gambling Council. Thatâ€™s why Know the Score (KTS), a gambling awareness campaign, will be talking with students at Kwantlenâ€™s Richmond campus until Thursday.
The program, which targets students aged 18-24, was developed by the Ontario Responsible Gambling Council in 2001. Last year B.C. did a pilot of the program, and found that 86 per cent of students were likely to use the information they received if they needed it. Seventy-five per cent of students surveyed also said that the KTS program increased their awareness of warning signs and strategies to limit the risk of problem gambling.
Clarence Chan, a counsellor at Richmond Addiction Services, is part of the problem-gambling program in Richmond and leads the Know the Score campaign at Kwantlen. He said itâ€™s important to dispel the myths of gambling at colleges and universities because young adults are at an increased risk to develop an addiction. â€œNearly every student tells us that, oh yeah, they know someone that has a problem.â€
For more information, visit knowthescore.ca or the Know the Score team on the Richmond campus between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this week.
Kwantlen welcomes federal election candidates to campuses next week in Surrey, Langley and Richmond.
All-candidates’ meetings, which kick-off on Monday, are an opportunity for students and residents to listen to and ask questions about each party’s ideas and platforms in the riding that includes each campus.
These free events are part of a series called Hear the Candidates, Make Up Your Own Mind, organized by Kwantlen’s criminology department. The department has asked the candidates to speak about criminal justice issues, but they will also touch on a wide range of issues such as health care, education and the economy.
The meetings will be “town hall” style and are intended to encourage dialogue between the candidates and residents. The idea behind the meetings is to provide students, faculty and people in the community with a chance to get to know their candidates.
The election forums:
â€¢Â Surrey campus (Newton-North Delta riding) at 7 p.m. Monday in the conference centre.
â€¢Â Richmond campus (Richmond riding) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the conference centre.
â€¢Â Langley campus (Langley riding) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium.