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