President’s Message for May and June

Happy June!

 

I am excited that we are choosing to focus this newsletter on the many International Coaching Week events this year that brought our membership together and also served to reach out to our business community.  It’s been a whirlwind of activity – proudly supported not only by your Board, but also several committee members.

Striving to create a mix of awareness for members and the community, and ensuring a balance of face-to-face and virtual options, the ripple effect was felt from Comox, through Nanaimo, in Duncan and down through to Victoria.  From a lunch and learn to a Chamber of Commerce, to a coaching demo and laser coaching sessions for a business – a big thank you to our members who stepped up to offer the experience of being coached.  Your efforts have expanded someone’s understanding of the power of professional coaching.

In case you missed the opportunity to participate, I hope the short articles in this newsletter about the many ICW activities will give you a reason to celebrate this amazing profession and organization you have joined.

As with all experiences, there was learning for everyone, including for us, your Board.  We appreciate the feedback around not only the effectiveness of the events, but also around the trickiness of our communication about ICW week.  We are trying to balance our desire to reach out, with some compassion for email overload, and in that endeavor, some of you may not feel as if you had enough information about what we planned for the week.  We are reviewing our approach and will launch our week differently next year.  Please share your ideas with Carol at communications@vicoaches.org  on how to best loop you in!

And finally, what a dynamic organization!  I am thrilled to see members stepping up to share their expertise, helping is to grow in our understanding and skills.  The exchange of knowledge is gracious and generous. So far this year we have experienced Ethics (in three parts) with Lily Seto, Mary Prefontaine and Michael J. Marx, Preparing for your PCC with Tracey Burns, and Conversational Intelligence with Diane Lloyd.  That’s one per month, not even counting the ICW events!

Thanks for breathing life into our chapter,

Tracy Houser

President

Vancouver Island Coaches Association

Special President’s Message

It was such a great privilege to represent you, our Vancouver Island Chapter, at the ICF Global Leaders Forum in Warsaw, Poland, in late March.  It was a delight to share the work being done here on the island, to acknowledge our fabulous Leadership Team and you, our committed and passionate members.  I am so proud of the wide range of events, the gracious sharing and deep sense of community (including our outreach projects) that helps us advance the profession of coaching on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands!

The Poland experience was such an extraordinary opportunity on so many levels.  I couldn’t wait to share my hope and inspiration regarding you, my fellow coaches, as well as how I benefited in many unexpected ways.

Global Perspective

As I listened to coaching leaders from over 70 countries, I was reminded that our membership brings us connection to a huge and powerful coaching presence and energy in the world unlike any other—one that is completely based in helping humanity flourish all over the globe.

My eyes and ears were opened broadly; my sense of perspective about the fantastic coaching that is going on worldwide was greatly expanded.  I left Poland in awe of both global coaches and the Polish people.  There were astonishing projects tackled by both large and small ICF Chapters: projects with non-profits or in communities that extended way beyond individual coaching offerings.  Prism awards were given to many chapters; it was staggering to hear what these collective groups of coaches were able to accomplish in just one year.  (Go to ICF.org to read about these fantastic accomplishments)

Western Regional Advisory Committee

The Western Regional Advisory Council (WRAC) did great work and produced many new coaching connections.  Our 17 Western regional chapter leaders met Sunday afternoon where we dug into strategic priorities and how to tackle them on a regional level over the coming months in a way that will enhance the work of each chapter. Several of the ICF Global Board members dropped into our meeting, giving us the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback.

Check it Out for Yourself

I had the opportunity to exchange ideas with Janet (UK), and Greg (Edmonton), Jude (Texas), John (Kelowna), Jennifer (Portland), Suzan (Tasmania, Australia), Diana (Romania), Denis (Ottawa), Barbara (Ohio), and the list goes on to include amazing coaches from Kenya, France, Hungary, Singapore, Spain, Poland and so many more.

Please join me during International Coaching Week for Postcards from Poland’ either in person in Nanaimo May 15th Postcards from Poland or Victoria May 18th Postcards from Poland or online May 24th Postcards from Poland.  I am planning to share some of the specific coaching projects, initiatives, learning and next steps from around the world. I was inspired by Quebec’s one-day coaching conference, humbled by the communication challenges in China, and intrigued by the work being done in Mumbai and Kenya.  I interviewed four global board members and captured their video messages to Vancouver Island chapter – fervently wishing you a sense of the excitement and hope for the future!

Our Wish For You

Your ICF Vancouver Island Leadership Team (Board) has launched the 2017 work of the chapter with our theme of ‘Infinite Possibilities’. Check out our 2017 Strategic Vision & Actions.  We have been busy offering learning opportunities (Ethics in 3 parts, Preparing for your PCC, Conversational Intelligence), writing up communications (2 newsletters, social media and event notifications), building community (February social event), administering renewals, welcoming new folks to meetings, offering support and guidance, and driving special event planning such as International Coaching Week – whew and it’s only April?

We will keep doing all those things and with the new connections through this Global Leadership Forum, we will tap into our peers in other chapters in our region as well as global best practices. To really take part in the smorgasbord, however, we need to do a better job of engaging you in something you are excited about. That’s my takeaway from GLF2017. Let’s see what we want on our plate that brings more of you to the table, hungry to engage. 

Warmly,

Tracy

Educational and Social Events framework

Kathleen Asher, our new Events Director prepared these fabulous frameworks to give us all insight into the year ahead.  The Leadership Team wants you to know how we are planning for events this year and welcome your insights, comments and suggestions.  If you click on the links below, you will see the graphic visions for events for 2017.

Newsletter VICA Educational Events Framework for 2017 (1)

Newsletter VICA Social Events Planning Framework for 2017 (1)

from the President’s Desk

This week finds our President, Tracy Houser, winging her way to the ICF Global Conference in Warsaw, Poland.  She takes with her our questions and contributions and of course, best wishes for safe travel.  The president from each chapter was asked to share their chapter’s strategic vision and plan.  Here is the graphic for ours:

Each level of the pyramid has intentions, goals and activities that the Leadership Team has taken on to support the membership.  For example, under Coaching Excellence, we identified:

  • Events to support Professional Development and Networking Opportunities – Creating opportunities for our members through strategic alliances with other associations – International Coach Week as the outcomes that we see as key to supporting Coaching Excellence.

2017 VICA Strategic Vision – Actions

The theme of Infinite Possibilities resonates throughout the Strategic Vision for 2017 and each communication we have with our membership reflects our commitment to that for every coach on Vancouver Island.

We will continue to tell you about ways to be involved, opportunities to learn and coach and reminders about how valuable it is to be in the company of other coaches.

Happy Spring!

Community Relations Project Request for expression of interest: coach-facilitators/trainers

Taking coaching to the community: a project about learning, connecting and contributing

SUMMARY

This year-long project is designed to build relationships with our communities through coaching demonstrations while building and enhancing skills for member-coaches.

For 2017-2018, community relations work will focus on bringing coaching demonstrations into organizations and businesses in communities on Vancouver Island.

The project involves:

  • recruiting experienced coaches to learn new skills and deliver coaching demonstrations;
  • securing coach facilitators and trainers to provide face-to-face and video learning for coaches in two areas: ‘coaching at the front of the room’, and ‘engaging organizations in the coaching conversation’, and
  • enrolling organizations and business in hosting demonstration coaching sessions in their establishments

At the end of the year we’ll evaluate the initiative to discover what worked well and what might need to change.

 What we are looking for:

We are looking for facilitators/trainers to provide face-to-face workshops in two areas:

  • ONE: how to ‘coach at the front of the room’, and
  • TWO: how to ‘engage organizations in the coaching conversation’

These workshops must be interactive and must include opportunities for participants to use and practice the skills they are learning.

*Facilitators need to be available to provide training between May and August 2017.

What’s in this for you?

  • 1 free banner ad on ICF Vancouver Island website and Facebook page (event registration is managed by the Events Director through Eventbrite)
  • Visibility and exposure to our ICF Vancouver Island chapter
  • Opportunity to establish and further develop your presentations/workshops through real-time feedback/input from attendees

Please note we are a non-profit organization and due to a limited budget, we do not pay for speakers or their travel or other costs.

PREPARING YOUR PROPOSAL

Review the ICF Definition of Coaching on the ICF website, which is the WHAT of ICF coaching;

Review the ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Ethics & Standards on the ICF website – these define the HOW of ICF coaching.

Determine how your presentation/workshop can best address the community relations project objectives.

Please ensure that your presentation/workshop focuses on education and learning rather than promotion or marketing of your business/product.

ICF CCEU’s – please indicate if you have delivered this type of training to other ICF chapters and previously received ICF approved CCEU’s. If your proposal is accepted and you do not have pre-approved CCEU’s we will work with you to initiate a chapter request to ICF Global on your behalf.

Submission Format: – please provide a 200-word summary of your approach and indicate *suggested dates for availability

Attach a JPEG professional photo

Email your completed proposal submission to events@vicoaches.org by noon (Pacific) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

 

* We will be reviewing numerous proposals and a consistent format allows us to appropriately review and assess your proposal. Proposals that are submitted in a different format will be returned.

AFTER YOUR PROPOSAL IS RECEIVED

We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal within five business days and will respond with our decision regarding your proposal within 30 days of the closing date for submissions.

Our review will consider the following criteria:

  • Presentation meets ICF guidelines for training
  • Topic addresses community relations project objectives
  • Presenter respects our commitment to minimize self-promotion or product sales
  • Educational Value; your approach and content will enable coached to deliver on the project objectives
  • Speaker addresses needs of all coach experience levels

After acceptance of your proposal we will send you more specific information pertinent to scheduling your presentation.

Questions?

Please contact our Director of Community Relations (communityrelations@vicoaches.org)

Thank you for your interest in supporting our ICF Chapter!

President’s Message

Welcome to 2017 and all the possibilities the New Year offers us!  I am thrilled to be standing side by side with an extraordinary group of people who are committed to the Vancouver Island Chapter of the International Coach Federation.

Strategic Visioning Session

Eager to leverage the momentum of the previous board’s work this new leadership team came together on January 14th to launch into a year of amazing and infinite possibilities of advancing the coaching profession.

Our Vice President, Maeve O’Byrne opened the day by thanking the traditional peoples on whose land we gathered for our strategic session.  Our focus moved to getting orientated to the global ICF perspective (vision and strategy), thanks to Past President, Tracey Burns.  The day moved quickly as we explored roles and responsibilities, a high level overview of our mandate, good governance, and a review of the VI-ICF 5 year strategic plan.

Why?

Because the team wanted to ensure solid grounding to guide us as we created a vision and plan for 2017.  As coaches, it was our curiosity that led the way: How can we best serve our membership? What previous successes can we build on? What learning moments will help us take coaching to the next level? How can we listen more deeply, involve the membership more meaningfully, hold the space for more creativity, and share our gifts effectively while remaining healthy and whole?

How?

We wanted to ensure our hearts were engaged in the work; that this team of relative strangers could form a shared vision and learn enough about one another’s gifts and strengths to then bring that vision alive.  And so we bounced ideas and created a nine-panel vision board (see photo).

While there are many pieces of technology available to support us, it was the old-fashioned calendars on the wall, colour-coded sticky notes and conversation that spurred us to action. We drafted a high-level plan that includes learning, connection, exploration, communication and engagement.

What?

Webinar and face-to-face Learning Sessions, face-to-face social events, regular newsletters, coach activism projects and International Coaching Week are but a few of the highlights.  Next step is to refine our plan with details so we can share it early – you’ll want to mark your calendars with all of the awesome coaching related goodies we are lining up for you.

So What?

So stay tuned for a high-level calendar for 2017 (due to you in early March).  In the meantime, this team knows there is much work to be done. So how do we get there from here? Each person was invited to choose one of the nine vision panels to take away and build the vision for their specific role on the flip side – always remaining connected to the bigger picture.

And the day wrapped up with each of us offering a single word:

 

Electric

Expansive

Invigorated

Inclusive

Release

Excited

Inspired

Infinite

Falling in Love….

I am honoured to be part of this amazing leadership team. I sincerely hope you will enjoy the coaching journey with us this year.

Warmly,

Tracy Houser

President

 

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.
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 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.
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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!
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2017 Nominees for the ICF Vancouver Island Charter Chapter Board of Directors

As ICF global continues to evolve, it requires governance with an expanded set of knowledge, skills, abilities and personal attributes to continue leading the organization and the profession of coaching in the future. We are looking for people to support this same level of growth on the Island.

The Vancouver Island Charter Chapter ICF Board is a body of nine elected members who govern local affairs and clearly define its goals and measures of success based on information and input from the membership. There is the expectation for the Board to be very proactive in seeking the membership support and feedback.

The voting for the 2017 ICF Board of Directors will take place at the AGM and Holiday Brunch on December, 10 2016.  To RSVP (or to read more details) visit here.  If you are unable to attend the AGM, your vote can also be placed by proxy. Active Members can download here: proxy-for-december-10-2016-agm

As per our By-Law 2.4.1,  President will serve in the Past-President role. That means Tracey Burns will now be Past President. The following candidate will serve a second term as outlined (By-law 2,2) Director, Community Relations: Claire Rettie.

In addition, the ICF Nominating Committee has completed a thorough review of the candidates and has nominated the following roster of coaches.

2017 ICF Global Board Chair Nominees

President nominee: Tracy Houser

Vice President nominee: Maeve O’Byrne

Director of Events nominee: Kathleen Asher

Director of Communications nominee: Carol Vickers

Director, Secretary nominee: David Crumpton

Director of Membership nominee: Helen Wale

Director, Treasurer nominee: Newly Open! Will this be you?

Put faces to these names and read more about the nominees-for-the-2017-board-elections- including their powerful commitment statements. We feel grateful to have such enthusiastic and skilled coaches offering to step into leadership roles. There is still time for others to step forward as additional nominations can be made on the floor of the AGM.

We are actively seeking a candidate for the Treasurer position. Please be in touch with Lily Seto at pastpresident@vicoaches.org if you are interested in learning more about this position or if you know of anyone else who might be. It’s shaping up to be a fresh year of possibilities and connection!

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM and Holiday Brunch, where together we will thank the outgoing board and welcome in the new board.

 

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.

President’s Message, November 2016

Hello Everyone,

I know we often remark, “my how time flies”, but I can tell you, no truer words were spoken at the writing of this my last President’s Message. Truly… the year has been remarkable and has absolutely flown by. We have accomplished so much and yet I still see things to be completed and things to change. I’ve been hungry to meet every need, every suggestion and to harness your great ideas. I’m grateful for the conversations I’ve engaged in about the future of our profession and for the stretch of my leadership as I juggled all the balls that go along with being President.

At the beginning of the year I set the intention of being an ICF Brand Ambassador everywhere, all the time. My theory was that if I educated everywhere I went, I was laying a seed of understanding for our membership to step into as you looked for ways to connect with our community.  At every opportunity, client meetings, public speaking events, visiting other associations, I looked for ways to educate the public on the difference ICF credentialed coaches make in the world.  It is my sincere hope that you are feeling the positive impact of that. In addition, driven by my passion for coaches thriving, I’ve constantly looked for ways to refine our Membership’s resources, events and happenings to continue to promote education and create connection amongst our vast and diverse membership base. That work will continue as I move into the role of Past President.

ICF MILESTONE

ICF has been doing a great job on its own spreading the word and educating the public.  Another result is the steady increase in the number of coaches seeking credentialing.   You may have read that on September 28, 2016, the ICF reached an incredible milestone. More than 20,000 professional coaches worldwide now hold an ICF Credential.

Here is an excerpt from ICF Global on the matter:

“Increasingly, individual and organizational consumers of coaching are demanding practitioners who hold professional credentials. Among coach practitioners who responded to the 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study, 77 percent agreed that people and organizations who receive or use coaching expect their coaches to be certified or credentialed. Consumers agree: Among 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study respondents who’d participated in a coaching relationship, 83 percent agreed that it was important for coaches to hold a credential. Among consumers who had partnered with a credentialed coach, 93 percent expressed satisfaction with the coaching experience.”

It can be frustrating at times distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, it’s nice to have some facts and stats to support the notion that things are indeed changing in our industry.

COMPLETION & CHANGE, 2016

Speaking of change… It is now time to turn over the reigns to our incoming board and to allow their fresh eyes and vibrant energy to fill the space left by our amazing, completing board members. We welcome them with a spirit of gratitude.  As the outgoing board, we know the commitment that it takes to stay the course and fill our roles and we’ll be by their sides as they transition in.

GRATITUDE

As John F. Kennedy stated, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” I’ve certainly learned a lot about my leadership from this team of brilliant powerhearts and am grateful for them and the profound opportunity this year afforded me.

A heart felt thank you to each of our board members for the unique and amazing ways in which they contributed. The synergy was palpable and our meetings were full of laughter and accomplishment.

Tracey Burns, President VI ICF Chapter