The business of speed dating

The Langley Chamber of Community Services aims to help strengthen partnerships of non-profit organizations in the community through its first event, speed dating. 

“Speed Dating for Organizations” will be held on Tuesday, April 5 and offers non-profit agencies a chance to network and learn more about other programs and services in Langley.

“It’s to encourage relationships and to encourage sharing of resources in a fun and informal setting” said Dave Stark, executive director of Langley Meals on Wheels Services Society and creator of the event. 

Like real speed dating, the event will have 40 participants  meet in five-minute “dates” to share information about their organization. 

Stark says making new professional relationships is very similar to personal relationships. Not everyone has the confidence to meet new people. 

“The way I work is very relational. I understand that the best way to get the most efficient use of your resources, dollars and services is to partner. And not everyone works like me,” he said. 

The Chamber of Community Services is a new and developing framework for the non-profit sector, similar in structure to the Chamber of Commerce. Its services will be open to more than 500 charitable and volunteer groups in Langley.

Ultimately, Stark hopes the organization will be a central place where people can find information regarding community services and volunteer work in Langley. 

“The Chamber has never been done before at a local level like this,” said Stark. 

“I enjoy challenging the status quo. There’s different ways of doing things.”

This first speed dating event will be a real test for the future of the Chamber of Community Services. Stark remains positive that the community will be responsive. 

“I sense this to be successful and I sense this to be a very good springboard and further introduction of this idea into Langley,” he said.  To register for Speed Dating for Organizations, email or for more info, contact Dave Stark,  604-807-0306, or

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