The Kings Community Action Group on Gambling (KCAGoG) is mandated to raise awareness regarding harms associated with gambling, to make people aware that there is a gambling problem in Kings County, and to seek to influence the shape of gambling in Kings County in the future.
The idea to establish the group arose out of the 2010-2011 Gambling Initiative which was funded by the Gambling Awareness Foundation of Nova Scotia and Annapolis Valley Health and organized by the Kings Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
The Gambling Initiative included workshops hosted in Berwick, Wolfville and Kentville as well as for several organizations including the Kentville Rotary Club, the Kentville Lions Club, Annapolis First Nations, Glooscap First Nations and the Acadia University residence assistants.
Participants viewed presentations covering such topics as area gambling statistics, where gambling monies go and how to reduce gambling harm. Each workshop promoted open discussion and encouraged community dialogue about gambling.
Members of KCAGoG have adopted the motto “In my backyard”. They want local citizens to have a say in the direction legislation on gambling will take; they want local government to take ownership of the problem of gambling in our county. By doing so, the group feels people will have control over what is happening close to home, affecting the well-being of their own community.
For more information about KCAGoG, email .
The board meets the second Thursday of each month
NS Society Registration number #3254960