School is in session on Feb. 22 for local non-profit groups.
Langley Together is hosting Community Leadership 102, a follow-up to last yearâ€™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.
â€œWe really donâ€™t have any local opportunities to develop and educate our board members,â€ he said. â€œExpensive, cost-prohibitive courses exist in Vancouver, but they are too far.â€
By standing back and taking a broader, sector-wide view, itâ€™s easy to see that most groups, although having different mandates and purposes, have very similar concerns, needs, and desires, Stark said.
â€œAfter 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,â€ he noted. â€œWhen 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 donâ€™t need large sums of money from governments to help our communities.â€
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.
â€œFor non-aboriginal organizations wishing to engage with aboriginal communities, it is important to understand â€˜traditional leadershipâ€™. It is more than a consensus process. It involves respecting protocols, coalition building, developing relationships, and aim for agreement amongst all parties,â€ Stark said.
There will also be time for questions and networking.
Thereâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.