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The BC Lottery Corporation celebrated Pride Month 2021 on June 10 by raising the Progress flag at its downtown Kamloops headquarters.
In addition to the new flag, BCLC has also updated the Pride crosswalk at its Kamloops headquarters and building decals at its Vancouver office to reflect the Progress flag’s additional colours and design.
“Diversity, inclusion and belonging is a journey, not a destination, and I’m so proud to see the Progress flag flown at BCLC’s headquarters in Kamloops,” said Peter ter Weeme, BCLC’s chief social purpose officer and vice-president of player experience. “This signifies an important step forward in BCLC’s journey to better reflect diversity and inclusion.”
Katelyn Boughton, Kamloops Pride Committee president and senior system analyst at BCLC, is a founding member of the BCLC Pride Committee and has been monumental in many Pride initiatives at BCLC, including the 2019 unveiling of the rainbow crosswalk.
“Flying the Progress flag at BCLC symbolizes that diversity, inclusion, belonging and feeling accepted as LGBTQ2S+ are important to us and matter to everyone at BCLC,” Boughton said. “This was a collaborative effort between executives, the Pride Committee and the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee and demonstrates BCLC’s commitment to the LGBTQ2S+ community in Kamloops, Vancouver and right across the province.”
The flags at the Kamloops BCLC headquarters, including the new Progress flag, will continue to fly at half-mast to honour the victims of the Kamloops residential school and their families.