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The Short Version: Vancouver professionals can often struggle to find time to navigate the dating game, which is why dozens of them turn to Match-Works Matchmaking to steer them in the right direction. For the past decade, matchmaker and dating coach Sheree Morgan has been helping her clients go from looking for love to being in love. She invests time and care to prescreen, personally interview, and coach singles, creating a private, safe, and effective solution. With a strong focus on quality, Sheree crafts a personalized experience that zeroes in on finding the chemistry that makes successful couples tick.
After being single for many years, Sheree Morgan, like many others, dipped into online dating and found it time consuming and frustrating for many reasons. Because of the illusion of a plethora of choices, online dating created a throwaway mentality and unrealistic expectations — everyone looking for a unicorn.
It was her frustration with online dating and dating services that propelled her to follow her path into matchmaking. She knew the only thing that would work was a true matchmaker — someone who spent the time to screen potential clients and their matches, someone who would look for things like timing, compatible lifestyles, life goals, and activity levels as well as physical chemistry.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do something with people,” Sheree said. “I knew I wanted to do something that was needed in Vancouver — something no one else in the city was doing.”
She was working on an online radio show talking about dating and relating with dating professionals, and she frequently found herself sharing their same advice and perspective. She didn’t know it then, but this would lead her to her new path in life.
After leaving a company she worked for and breaking up with someone she had met online all within one week, she knew she had to make some serious changes. After a long needed holiday, Sheree realized she wanted to start her own company and designed a business around what she would like someone to do for her.
She wanted to be a true matchmaker to help singles like herself, so she rolled up her sleeves, had business cards made, and, within two months, launched Match-Works Matchmaking.
“It seemed everything I’d done in my entire life pushed me in this direction,” she said.
About 95% of her company’s members are professionals or entrepreneurs. Offering different membership levels that center around a client’s unique and specific needs, Sheree delivers a customized approach to searching for and making lifelong connections. She checks everyone’s background and works with them on a personal, one-on-one basis.
“You have to love talking to people and really listening to them,” she said. “I like looking my clients in the eye and really getting to know them.”
Sheree told us she tends to make long-term matches within the second or third introduction. That level of preciseness wouldn’t be possible without investing real time, energy, and attention to detail. Every member gets pre-screened with a thorough background check and has at least two face-to-face meetings with Sheree. None of her clients’ personal information is ever housed online or discussed openly except with her clients. She guards their privacy religiously.
As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, and that is especially true with Sheree’s form of matchmaking. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you won’t find it at Match-Works. Instead of “throwing people on dates,” Sheree takes singles through a personal process that ultimately results in finding the perfect partner. “It doesn’t happen overnight… but my formula does work. I’ve seen it over and over.”
Sheree is very selective about who she takes on as clients. They’re all looking for love, but not everyone is ready for it. Timing is one of the key factors in making a good match. If someone is going through a divorce or separation, or is still filled with rage or sadness because of an ex, Sheree encourages them to wait until the time is right for them. She wants you to be mentally and emotionally ready for a relationship before she introduces you to a possible match.
She said the one-on-one meetings are when the discovery process starts. In her conversations, she finds out all the things a person would want to know about a prospective date, but she also veers off on topics that have nothing to do with matching. A large part of what she’s doing is listening — with both her ears and eyes. She’s looking for behavior, body language, reaction, and communication style. Sheree is focused on quality, not quantity.
Sheree is a firm believer that “happiness is a choice” and we are all responsible for our own joy. Before you put yourself out there looking for that perfect partner, Sheree told us you need to know 100% that you are a great catch. To help with that, she also works as a dating coach.
The services are available à la carte or automatically if you’re a gold or platinum member. As a dating coach, Sheree teaches how to make the best first impression, socialize easily and effectively, and ensure the first date leads to a second. You’ll just need one thing to achieve all of this — confidence. In fact, Sheree said it’s what the majority of people ask her to coach them on. She works with men and women on how to become comfortable in their own skin.
“Confidence is good, but ego is not. Men don’t have to be so ego-maniacal and testosterone-driven, and women can let down their armor and be a little relaxed and feminine,” she said.
Sheree encourages her clients to be open-minded if they truly want to find a love match. She wants you to be honest about what you like and want, but, she noted, the pool shrinks, and it’s “incredibly hard” when too many limitations and preferences are placed on a date prospect. Then the focus goes from who is a good match in person to who looks good on paper.
“My best advice is the more open you are, the better possibility you have of finding a great match that works,” she said.
The best part of Sheree’s day is getting phone calls or emails from clients saying everything worked out. She still fondly remembers her first successful match, which was the first connection for both singles. Today, the couple is still going strong and have a son together.
On the Match-Works website, endless success stories from happy clients fill the Testimonials page. Some sought out Sheree’s matchmaking skills out of curiosity or frustration. Others had just given up hope. Regardless of the reason, what they found was true love.
L.L. heard Sheree’s perspective on dating during a TV interview and was intrigued to find out more. L.L. became a client and was impressed by her very detailed and personal approach to finding a well-match companion.
“Sheree was able to match me on her very first try after assessing my needs and wants,” L.L. wrote. “Seven months later, I have been dating the female that Sheree introduced me to, and we continue to grow and prosper as a couple.”
M.S. describes himself as a strong-willed, Type-A egotistic male who squared off with Sheree all along the way. But, once she convinced him to trust her, he finally decided to work with the process and not against it.
“Your personal service, listening skills, and intuition found me exactly the right person. Thank you for your help, guidance, and, of course, my beautiful partner.” — M.S., a former Match-Works client
“Without your help and guidance, I would not have found my wonderful girlfriend,” he wrote. “Your personal service, listening skills, and intuition found me exactly the right person. Thank you for your help, guidance, and, of course, my beautiful partner.”
With such a busy lifestyle, M.B. found that it was a blessing to work with Sheree. M.B. wrote that she appreciated how Sheree worked on an individual and personable level. She took time to find someone who shared and embraced similar core values. It didn’t take long for her to find the perfect man for M.B.
“With her insight about people, passion for her clients and for love, Sheree does everything she can to ignite a loving and long-term partnership,” M.B. said. “I am grateful to have an amazing partner in my life because of her!”
J.T. was a serial online dater who needed rescuing from disappointing dates and dashed hopes. After a thorough consultation, Sheree came up with a few matches.
“By the third match, I was smitten,” J.T. said. “I am not really sure how she does it other than she really listened to my wants and needs and then worked hand in hand with me to find a great match.”
These love stories only add fuel to Sheree’s passion for matchmaking. Full of pride and glee, she said, “It’s why I do what I do!”
Unless someone has a crystal ball, no one can guarantee when you’ll connect with the right person. But Sheree knows it won’t happen if the focus is on how many dates you go on in a certain amount of time. With Match-Works Matchmaking, Sheree wants to help busy, single Vancouver professionals find quality and substance over quotas and quantity.
“If you’re looking for somebody who is going to work with you on a one-on-one basis, then go to a matchmaker,” she said.
A decade ago, Sheree found her calling with Match-Works and dove into the business head first. And, fortunately for Vancouver professionals, she shows no signs of slowing down as she continues to push singles in the right direction and into the arms of the ideal match.
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