BCLC Celebrates Pride Month

By Ben Hamill - June 18 2021
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BCLC Celebrates Pride Month

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has joined the ranks of other major corporations that are celebrating Pride throughout the month of June. BCLC has chosen to reiterate and highlight its commitment to the celebration of pride, inclusion, diversity and belonging by raising the Progress flag. This flag can be seen outside of its headquarters in Kamloops.

As part of its 2021 Pride celebrations this month, the corporation has put in some extra work and refurbished certain areas of its headquarters. One such area is the Pride crosswalk. In addition to this refreshed crosswalk, the BCLC office in Vancouver also features building decals that display the additional colours and design incorporated into the Progress flag.

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Honouring Residential School Victims

While the BCLC has certainly made its commitment to diversity known, it is, along with the rest of the country, taking some time to honour the 215 victims of the Kamloops residential school. The company announced that it humbly acknowledges the fact that its head office is situated on the unceded, traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

Along with this acknowledgement, the BCLC also confirmed that its flags, which include the newly added Progress flag, will continue to fly at half-mast. This is to honour the victims of the Kamloops residential school as well as their families.

An Important Step

BCLC’s Chief Social Purpose Officer and Vice President of Player Experience, Peter ter Weeme, said that diversity, belonging, and inclusion are all part of an important journey and are not just a destination. He added that he is proud to see the Progress flag being flown at the company’s headquarters in Kamloops. The Vice President believes that this signifies an important step in BCLC’s journey to better reflecting diversity and inclusion.

Katelyn Boughton, who is the Kamloops Pride Committee President as well as a Senior System Analyst at BCLC, is a founding member of the company’s Pride Committee. She has played a huge role in numerous Pride initiatives, including the 2019 unveiling of the rainbow crosswalk. She said that flying the Progress flag at BCLC’s headquarters is symbolic of the diversity, inclusion, belonging and a feeling of acceptance as LGBTQ2S+ being important to everyone at BCLC.

Furthermore, the BCLC highlighted that it remains committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive, and where all employees are given equal opportunities and treated with the dignity and the respect that they deserve.

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