President’s Message: It’s Been a Big Year for Our Chapter

Support and ConnectionHappy Summer! I hope everyone is enjoying the beauty and bounty of this land and season, and taking some time for relaxation, rejuvenation, reflection as well as play.

Your VI Coaches Board was hard at work this past year. I thought I would update you on where we’ve been and where we are going. Your insightful comments and candid suggestions were instrumental in the shaping of our four overarching strategic themes in September 2012 as well as how we worked to deliver on these priorities during the past term. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our membership:

1. Create a value-adding membership

We grew the VI Coaches membership from 110 to 135 this past year. We worked to enhance our communication in a variety of ways, starting with the new member “Welcome” package, the website, E-News, and Twitter. A “members only” page has been developed on the website. And, of course, we offered fabulous Pro-D opportunities (3 Cafes, 3 Webinars, and 2 Workshops – 8.5 CCEU credits, 203 attendees). If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to join the newly created LinkedIn Community of Practice Group.

2. Establish strategic alliances and create collaborative partnerships

In this area we continued to strengthen our relationships with professional strategic partner associations as well as increased our subscriber list. Through the efforts of the 2012 ICW, we presented education and a cheque to Heart & Stroke Foundation. We also established ‘Legacy’ roles for Community Coach Giving (Past P), ICW (VP) & Western Region Advisory Council (P).

3. Enhance the image and awareness of both coaching and this Chapter

We successfully met the ICF Global brand compliance requirements. Member profiles on the website continued to be promoted. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to add a profile, we would invite you to do so. One of our biggest wins this year was in establishing our Pro Bono Community Coach Giving Initiative. The pilot project for this initiative is currently underway with Bridges for Women – Coaching for Mentors.

4. Build a high performance Chapter, and specifically a high performing Board

Through the SGM resolution, the annual cycle for operations was changed to a calendar year to align with ICF Global, and the term for current board extended until December 31. We continued to develop board succession and sustainability processes including developing policies (Event Submission, Social Media, and Volunteer) and revising bookkeeping processes & yearend financial reporting. We also took the opportunity to review the Association Constitution & Bylaws and prepared resolutions for the AGM.

It has been a busy and rewarding year! We as a Board have committed to continue everything we’ve undertaken for the “short year” term until December. We will be looking to you, our membership, for involvement in various committees, and an enhanced focus on community relations. We will also continue our work on sustainability processes and practices.

I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you for the dedication of the board members. It is truly an honour to work with amazing individuals who are committed to this Chapter and to the coaching profession. We’ve had a few members move on to other pursuits – a special thank you to Delaney Tosh, Tracey Gibson, and Maureen Clarke for their incredible work and service.

A warm welcome to our newest board members who have been appointed to serve until the end of the current term – Yvonne Mann is serving as the Director of Community Relations; Ricardo Manmohan is the new Director of Membership; Tracy McMicking is now the Director of Communications; and Heather Beaton is the new Director of Events. They each bring a fantastic energy and vision to their roles.

As a Board, we share a unified purpose to stand in service of our membership. Our key priorities are to engage our fabulous members, explore new ideas, expand conversations, and contribute to our community. This Chapter belongs to you – we depend on your feedback and active participation. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our events and activities.

Mark your calendars for our fall Coaches Café on Tuesday, September 10th – further details coming soon.

Enjoy the rest of your summer,

Sarah