BCLC celebrates Multiculturalism Week with new flexible holiday program

November 24, 2023

Employees may now substitute up to six regularly observed days of holiday for dates of cultural or religious significance in their individual communities.

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) celebrates its Multiculturalism week with the announcement of a new program for employees. New flexibility will allow members of the BCLC team to substitute up to six statutory observed holidays in the BCLC calendar for other important days of religious, cultural or personal importance.

Diversity is championed across the BCLC workforce and Multiculturalism Week is an annual occurrence not just in the company, but in the province. British Columbia’s Multiculturalism Act was passed in 1993, and the week is always the third week in November.

One day that will remain a mandatory day for all to observe is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30). This day pays respect to survivors of residential schools, as well as honors the memories of the children who never returned home.

Sandy Austin, BCLC’s Chief People Officer, said, “As an employer, we recognize that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to holidays and as our work with diversity, inclusion and belonging moves forward, so must our approach to our practices.

“This is another important step to build inclusive, equitable and safe workplaces and communities and we’re encouraging other employers to reach out to us to learn more.”

The BCLC also employees a Senior Manager of Indigenous Relations, Shane Vincenzi, as well as a Manager of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Madhavee Inamdar.

Inamdar commented, “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a diverse workforce and are honouring that diversity and reaffirming our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture at BCLC where all employees feel that they are seen, valued and belong.”

Gaming America also spoke to BCLC President and CEO, Pat Davis, as part of The Huddle and that conversation will be available to view soon. 


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