Ethical + Moral Maturity in the Coaching Profession

3 Part Webinar Series
Ethical + Moral Maturity in the Coaching Profession


This 3-Part WEBINAR Series will ignite a robust conversation about ethical and moral maturity for our coaching chapter.  
At ICF, the area of ethics is always top of mind and we want to make it relevant and real for our local Vancouver Island coaching community. By the time you complete all three sessions you will have explored the difference between morals + ethics, reviewed relevant case studies and gained a more complete understanding of ICF’s ethical standards and the IRB (Independent Review Board).
WHEN:  Monday, January 9, February 13, and March 13 (sign up for one or all).
TIME: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Pacific Time
WHERE: Virtual location! Once registered, you will receive a Zoom invite to attend. You will need a monitor to participate fully.
HOW: Register via this  Eventbrite link  (Register early! There are only 15 spots available for the first two webinars to allow space for robust dialogue).
WHAT: An interactive experience that will provide you with 3 Core Competency Credits (CCE’s) if attending all three webinars or 1 Core Competency Credit per webinar.
Ethics Session 1: Moral Maturity in the Coaching Profession
Ethics Session 2: Ethical Dilemmas – Case Studies to learn from
Ethics Session 3: How would you feel if someone complained about you as a coach?

Meet Your Webinar Facilitators… a trio of ethical abundance! 

      Lily Seto                        Mary Prefontaine                   Michael J Marx

Lily Seto, PCC and Past President of the Vancouver Island Chapter of ICF, and member of the Independent Review Board (IRB) of ICF Global.

Mary Prefontaine, CPCC, Co-founder of Brew, Past Events Director of the Vancouver Island Chapter of ICF and trained associate of the Ethical Lens Inventory.
Michael J. Marx, MBA, EdD, PCC, CPCC and leader of the ICF Global Community of Practice on Ethics and member of the Independent Review Board (IRB) of ICF Global.
Follow this link to read more about the facilitators.
Questions? Contact Kathleen Asher at
We look forward to navigating ethical maturity with you!

Welcome Aboard 2017 Board of Directors + AGM Recap

We brunched.
We voted. 
We rallied holiday cheer! 
The AGM + Holiday Brunch held on Saturday, December 10 was full of celebration for the contributions of the past year while welcoming in the possibilities that reside in the coming year.
We are pleased to announce the elected 2017 Board of Directors for our Vancouver Island ICF Charter Chapter:
President: Tracy Houser
Vice President: Maeve O’Byrne
Director, Communications: Carol Vickers
Director, Events: Kathleen Asher
Director, Secretary: David Crumpton
Director, Membership: Helen Wale
Director, Community Relations: Claire Rettie
Director, Treasurer: John Burr
Past President: Tracey Burns
Once again our gratitude to the outgoing Board: Lily Seto, Cammie Peterman, Darrin Bridge, Mary Prefontaine, Gina Ross, Teri Brigden and Tammy-Rose Dewar.
 Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University was the perfect location to embody the holiday spirit and the regal feeling that comes with rich coaching connections. The food was plentiful as was a community presence that resulted in donations for the Mustard Seed. The generosity continued with the offering of door prizes from many of the outgoing Board of Directors in the way of coaching sessions.
Our warm gratitude extends to Royal Roads University for helping us to make the AGM + Holiday Brunch a connective success! In particular, we appreciate the special efforts of Annette Siewertsen, of Royal Roads, who continuously goes above and beyond to support our local ICF Charter Chapter. Thank you, Annette.
More gratitude to share (because we can never be too thankful).
You will see from the photographs that the outgoing Events Director, Mary Prefontaine, has a gift for planning and an eye for details that results in creating magical convening spaces! Thank you, Mary. Tracey Burns, outgoing President, added to the day by facilitating the AGM with ease, leadership and grace. All the outgoing Board of Directors (see names above) contributed in making the day a success (from making proxy calls, reviewing policies and supporting the behind the scenes work). We offer a fond thank you to Lily Seto, outgoing Past President, who has served on the VI ICF Board of Directors for many years. Your wisdom and dedication are deeply appreciated and have made a lasting impact on our Chapter.
Finally, we extend our thanks to YOU! We are grateful for all the Vancouver Island Coaches who continue to enrich and co-create our vibrant and engaged coaching community.
We look forward to cheering on the new Board of Directors as they blaze their path over the coming year!

Annual General Meeting + Holiday Brunch

‘Tis the Season To Gather Together! RSVP Now.

We are delighted to invite our members and friends to our Annual General Meeting and Holiday Brunch on December 10, 2016. Thanks to our partners at Royal Roads University for allowing us to host this special occasion on campus, located on Hatley Park National Historic Site in Colwood.  We will dine in the iconic Hatley Castle which is the centrepiece of the estate overlooking the breathtaking Pacific Ocean.

As a member of the International Coaches Federation Vancouver Island Charter Chapter your presence and your vote is important.  This is your opportunity to vote in the 2017 Board of Directors and to celebrate the accomplishments of the out going 2016 Board of Directors.  Watch for information on our website + newsletter.

Giving + Gratitude for the Mustard Seed.

In the spirit of the season, we invite you to make a difference in the lives of many in our community by making a financial contribution to the Mustard Seed by using the donation button on our Eventbrite page.  Or if you wish, please bring a  non-perishable food item to the AGM and we will be happy to deliver it to the Mustard Seed on behalf of our community of coaches.

Please note the business portion of our meeting will begin sharply at 11:00am so please arrive a few minutes early.

11:00am  Annual General Meeting

Details of the AGM will include:  2016 President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report and the election of the 2017 Board of Directors.  You must be a member of the Vancouver Island Chapter to vote, however, everyone is welcome.

12:00pm – 1:30pm  Buffet Brunch and Mingle Time

Thank the outgoing board and meet your board of 2017!

Register online


Note: Parking is in P3 which is the lower parking lot behind the Castle.

October 26 Vancouver Island ICF Social

October 26 7:30-9:30pm at the Bard and Banker 

Get out of the rainy grey days and be uplifted by our next coaches social!

Not only can you reconnect with our coaching community, on hand will be our Past President, Lily Seto and 2016 President, Tracey Burns, who will share with us the “ins + outs” of how our 2017 board of directors will be elected on December 10.

We look forward to being with you!

Grab further details or RSVP here. 

How Walking the Talk of Core Competencies Helps To Grow Your Business

Sales & Marketing for Your Coaching Business – Walking the Talk of Core Competencies

Presented by Halli MacNab, PCC

The ICF’s Core Competencies are more than just a theoretical framework used to evaluate coaching students. They are an excellent guide for living and conducting ourselves as coaches, and as business people, out in the world. In this presentation and interactive workshop we will examine how living our lives and running our businesses using the framework for Core Competencies will create:

  • More ease
  • Improve communication
  • Evolve our relationships
  • Better + more powerful results in our businesses

Don’t you LOVE the sound of having ALL that ramped up in  your coaching practice?  

Register Here!

Plus the small group interactions and exercises, will provide an excellent review of the Core Competencies for attendees.  Halli will also provide new and unique interpretations of the Competencies and the opportunity to practice utilizing this framework as a useful and powerful tool for building our coaching businesses.

NOTE:  We are waiting to hear what the ICF Continuing Educational Credits will be – but we will keep you posted!

Our Presenter + Facilitator

Halli MacNab is a Certified Professional Coach in private practice and holds a PCC credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).  She is Past President of the Vancouver Island Chapter of the ICF.

Halli practiced professional engineering in the building design and construction industry for 15 years before embarking on her second career in professional coaching in 2009.

Halli currently coaches personal and business clients and is also an established Coach Trainer and Program Leader for the rigorous and acclaimed Accomplishment Coaching, Coaches Training Program based in San Diego, CA.  She has trained coaches in New York, San Diego and Seattle, as well as at the UNFPA in New York City.  She is also the Certification Chair for Accomplishment Coaching, and self-proclaimed Core Competency geek.

She is the Vice President and Education Chair for the global Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) which is an education and advocacy group active in maintaining the standards for high quality coach training around the world.

She recently formed the Canadian subsidiary of Accomplishment Coaching: Accomplishment Coaching Canada, and is excited to be launching their first Canadian program here in her home town of Victoria, British Columbia in 2017.

NOTE:  Parking is available on site and free when ticket is validated at front desk.

September 29th: Social to Re-Connect with Island Coaches


Vancouver Island Coaching Social

Come share how your summer was, what you have in store for the Fall and re-connect with your coaching community!

WHEN: Thursday, September 29th.

TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (though we have the space all night).

WHERE: The beautiful upstairs room and patio at Bard & Banker Public House. 1022 Government Street, Victoria, BC.

HOW: No registration required. Just show up.

WHAT: An informal coaching social with a few light appetizers on us!

Questions? Contact Mary Prefontaine at

p.s. Please note, for those members who travel from Up-Island, we appreciate you! We are working hard on creating a 2016-2017 education + events calendar that includes socials and events Up-Island as well. Stay tuned.

Spring 2016 Education + Events Recap

Below you will find a very quick summary of our Spring 2016 Events and Educational opportunities which include links to free tools and resources to help grow your practice and connect you to the global coaching picture!

  • April 2nd, Marcia Reynolds. Breakthrough Coaching. Marcia’s website has free exercises to help mind-growing for leaders. Yes, mind-growng. Visit here.
  • April 30th, Emma-Louise Elsey of the Coaching Tools Company: So many creative ideas, engaging activities and helpful templates were shared during this Saltspring Island workshop. Check out the free resources and coaching tools here.  
  • May 16th, International Coaching week kicked off with a Wine + Cheese with purpose. Visit ICF global to learn about how to host ICW events in your community for following years and to see what’s new on a global level!
  • May 18th, Ethical Maturity. This free webinar offered during International Coaching Week by Past President Lily Seto was such a huge success, on such a HOT topic, that people were left asking for more! Watch to see if a part 2 happens (our fingers are crossed). Read more and anchor your practice with the global ICF ethics. 
  • May 30th, Coaching Mastery with Mentoring & Supervision. We were over the moon thankful for the courageous coaching demo’s that took place via webinar. There is nothing like experiencing and witnessing masterful coaching to really “get it”! Check out Towards Coaching Mastery and discover how Lily Seto, Scott Richardson, and Daiana Stoicescu are helping to rapidly elevate coaching skills!
  • June 17th, Daring to Rise Strong. Don’t miss Laurie Hillis and the magic of Brene Brown’s research around emotions + stories and how they impact our actions. Come write a daring new ending and learn how to use the technique to benefit your clients. (JUST a few days left to register! click here to learn more or sign up today).

Contact Events Director, Mary Prefontaine, at with any questions or ideas on how we can create events and educational opportunities that will help you sharpen your saw + create new connections for you!

Kicking off ICW Week…Island Style!

We are excited to offer MANY different ways for people to experience International Coaching Week!
ICW 2016, is taking place May 16-22nd as a week-long worldwide celebration of coaching and the coaching profession. Join in and help increase the visibility, understanding and impact of coaching!

Join the Kick Off With Purpose!
Monday, May 16th from 6:00-8:00p.m.
International Coaching Week starts out with a wine + cheese social filled with purpose. This gathering will accept donations to support those impacted by the devastating Fort McMurray fires. Come out to the Victoria Executive Centre to mix & mingle with your coaching colleagues and help us kick off with purpose by inviting your clients, your business associates and your best friends! Fellow coach, Ian Chisholm of Roy Group, will help us embark with an inspiring presentation that is sure to leave us all a little lighter and with a deeper sense of community. . Read about the associations we are inviting, donate or register here.

Experience Ethics in Coaching
Wednesday, May 18th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ethics is a HUGE topic globally in the ICF and we can now join in on this discussion with this free webinar, Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions”. Read more here and sign up for this robust conversation.Your facilitator is Lily Seto, PCC and Past President of the Chapter.

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest updates on how to get involved with ICW!

Daring to Rise Strong!

On June 17th we will gather at Tigh-na-Mara Lodge for a workshop presented by Laurie Hillis, MA, PCC – a dynamic educator + coach, steeped in the research of Dr. Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling author. We’ll explore vulnerability and the three elements of the Rising Strong™ process: The Reckoning, The Rumble and The Revolution. Through this process we examine the power of the stories that we tell ourselves and learn how to write daring new endings. All coaches, educators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs welcome!

Coaching Tools That Make a Difference – April 30th, 2016

Ramp Up Your Success: Coaching Tools & Exercises That Make a Difference

What better way to get revved up for May’s International Coach Week…then to attend a workshop that will give you some FRESH new tools!
 In this interactive workshop, work through 3 coaching exercises to help build self-awareness and self-confidence, clarity and focus – and how you can add these and other similar coaching tools to your toolbox and practice.
We live in a world where people have more than ever before, but seem less happy. There are opportunities galore, and yet so many people procrastinate and avoid doing what is necessary to achieve their goals. Organizations want leaders, but leadership is so much more than a title and simply telling people what to do.
What do these have in common?
To be successful and (perhaps more importantly) truly happy, we must get to know – and be – ourselves in the world. We achieve when we connect our goals to our deepest values, when we become aware of where we sabotage ourselves, when we develop a strong, kind and wise inner self – and trust ourselves. In short when we are authentic and self-aware, and when we are clear and focused. These tools will help you create this awareness with your clients.
We will discuss, experience and explore together:
  • How, when and why to use coaching tools and exercises in your practice.
  • How coaching exercises and worksheets can be used to help clients build self-awareness and self-confidence.
  • How a form or worksheet can be used to share knowledge and concepts that increase a client’s effectiveness.
  • Key aspects of what makes a standalone coaching exercise effective
  • Where to find inspiration – and tips – for creating your own Coaching Tools & Exercises


PRESENTER:  Emma-Louse Elsey, BSc (Hons), PracNLP

Emma-Louise Elsey, founder of The Coaching Tools and Life Coach on the Go! is a vibrant and successful coach and entrepreneur.  Having coached for more than a decade, Emma-Louise was previously a project and relationship manager for Fortune 500 companies.  At The Coaching Tools she has combined her practical mind with her passion for coaching and creativity, creating a place for coaches to go for tools, resources and inspiration. Launched in 2009, she now offers over 100 coaching forms and exercises, all customizable for branding, including 25+ free coaching tools.  With a vast following, she has 10,000 coaches from 124 different countries signed up for her weekly newsletter

Additionally, she + her husband, run Cosy Woodpecker Cottage on Salt Spring Island and recently bought and revamped the tourism website – with everything you need to know about Salt Spring Island!

Update: ICF Coaching Educational Credits are now applied to this workshop.  1.25 Core competency and .25 resource development!