Langley Together unveiled

The organization of non-profits will hold more events in near future.

An effort to co-ordinate the work done by Langley non-profit organizations has culminated with the naming of an organization called Langley Together.

The new name was announced at a meeting on Tuesday, May 29 at Murrayville Hall.

There were close to 60 people in attendance, from all areas of the non-profit sector.

The meeting heard from Dave Stark on local research and  findings of a formal needs assessment. Jim Marvel from the Township spoke on volunteerism in other municipalities.

A panel dicussion involved five individuals from different areas of the sector. They were Bruce McCloy, chair,  District Parent Advisory Council,  Langley Education Community Roundtable Initiative; Rev. Paul Guiton of St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, Aldergrove; Christine MacIntosh, president of Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society; Don Shilton, executive director, Langley Arts Council and Wayne McMurchy, president, Langley Minor Football Association.

Langley Together will be a chamber-like entity, It has been undergoing evolution and consultation for the past year.

Next steps for the initiative include an organizational meeting on June 20, for interested people to play an active role in moving this project forward. This will be open to all.

Also planned is another session of “Speed Dating for Non-Profits,” which allows non-profits to cfind out more abput what others are doing. It takes place on July 26 at Williams Park, in partnership with local Vancity branches.

More information is available from Stark at  dave_stark@shaw.ca.