Langley Together for community leadership

School is in session on Feb. 22 for local non-profit groups.

Langley Together is hosting Community Leadership 102, a follow-up to last year’s Community Leadership 101.

Langley Together is the group created to help local non-profits and community groups (think chamber of commerce for non-profits).

Langley is home to over 6,000 volunteer board members who guide hundreds of non-profit societies, charities, sports clubs, and other informal groups, noted workshop organizer Dave Stark, of Langley Together.

The sessions can educate board members, which will give them a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities, which in turn will allow the boards to more efficiently and effectively do what they were set up to do.

“We really don’t have any local opportunities to develop and educate our board members,” he said. “Expensive, cost-prohibitive courses exist in Vancouver, but they are too far.”

By standing back and taking a broader, sector-wide view, it’s easy to see that most groups, although having different mandates and purposes, have very similar concerns, needs, and desires, Stark said.

“After years of this broader perspective, it frustrated me a lot. My desire was to find a way to save these groups frustration, and make them better,” he noted. “When these hundreds of groups, and thousands of volunteers do better, our communities benefit. It is a very cost-effective approach to build the capacity of volunteers, groups, and the sector. We don’t need large sums of money from governments to help our communities.”

The sessions include the Abundant Non-Profit, which involves finding the right governance structure.

There will also be a session on traditional leadership and governance, as used by aboriginal communities.

“For non-aboriginal organizations wishing to engage with aboriginal communities, it is important to understand ‘traditional leadership’. It is more than a consensus process. It involves respecting protocols, coalition building, developing relationships, and aim for agreement amongst all parties,” Stark said.

There will also be time for questions and networking.

There’s room for 50 people and the event takes place at the Renaissance Retirement Resort, 6676 203rd St.

Community Leadership 102 runs 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $20 per person. Payment is accepted at the door (cash or cheque made payable to Aldergrove Neighourbourhood Services).

People are asked to register in advance at If people have any questions, they can also  email to that address.

Langley Together has held a variety of events, including speed dating for non-profits, for groups to tell each other about what they do and how.

The event is sponsored by Langley Together, the Township and Vantage Point, a non-profit leadership training organization.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Child airlifted to hospital after crash in rural Langley

Jaws of life were used to cut off the roof of a car and free its occupants from a two-car accident.

LETTER: Medical care in Langley and beyond deplorable

The shortage of family doctors shouldn’t exist. Who’s really to blame?

LETTER: Langley has water in its chemical supply

A homeless man in Langley questions what’s being put into the public drinking water.

LETTER: Langley needs to find balance between construction and destruction

One letter writer calls for review of Murrayville development, saying trees need to be preserved.

Langley netminder makes ‘unbelievable’ saves in draw against Seattle

Trinity Western University women’s soccer team battled to a 0-0 draw to Seattle, while boys fell 2-0.

VIDEO: Mustang Roundup in Langley attracts car lovers from all over

A car show dedicated entirely to one model of Ford drew admirers and collectors to George Preston Recreation Centre.

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights are misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Most Read