The dating world has changed and with that the way that people meet each other.
“I see singles from their 40s to their 70s who want to meet someone special,” said Guy Bailey, who organizes a variety of events to bring people together. “I think it’s important for people to be doing some activity. It brings together people with similar interests and gives people a chance to try something in a group that they might not do on their own.
“There are so many great things in the Okanagan — wine, skiing, golf, riding, bowling, hiking, boating, theatre, the list goes on.”
Bailey, a self-confessed romantic who thinks there is someone for everyone, is doing his best to make sure they have a chance to meet. He has done speed dating and other social events and finds people like it best when they are doing some activity while having a chance to meet a variety of people.
“It’s more relaxing and non-threatening and doesn’t put so much pressure on anyone. People who are newly single or new to the area like a place to meet new friends, male or female. My imagination just keeps going thinking about things, like cooking classes, concerts, trips for people who want more time, and I would work with local businesses to organize things that people suggest to me.”
He is putting everything together in the Ultimate Social Club to oversee all activities.
“The economy is down but that doesn’t stop people from wanting to have fun and date. Sometimes people who have not dated for a long time don’t know how to date, and going to a group activity is a good way to get used to it again. You may not meet someone right away but at least you did something you enjoy. Dating has changed and the world of communication has changed but people still want that live contact.”
Bailey has seen figures which indicate there are about 9,000 single men and 9,000 single women ages 24-64 in the Okanagan. That’s a lot of great people and he aims to get some of them together for happily ever after.
“The concept of meeting someone new who is local, and by that, I mean the Okanagan, is exciting. This is really what I do. Why not meet someone? Why not now? What are you waiting for?”
Bailey’s Uncorked! A Singles Wine Social for Boomers takes place Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Lakers Clubhouse with wine tasting, appetizers, live music and great singles. Advance tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call 250-938-4412 or 250-549-0849 or e-mail email@example.com.