Call for Volunteers for International Coaching Week

We are so excited International Coaching Week is coming up May 4-10, 2020 – a week-long worldwide celebration of coaches and the coaching profession. Join in and help increase the visibility, understanding and impact of coaching!

We need your help in Victoria, BC to contribute to what will be a highly impactful celebration of coaching in our community. This event will be conducted virtually versus in person in light of world events. We are looking for volunteer coaches for a core event as follows, with a request to confirm your interest by March 20, 2020 please.

#ExperienceCoaching is a pro bono coaching event May 5, 2020 hosted in Victoria, BC from 12 noon to 3pm. We’re looking for volunteer coaches. We are currently looking at a registration platform enabling coachees to pre-register in available time slots. Slots will be determined by how many volunteer coaches we have.

Participation in this event is a great opportunity for Chapter members to profile your business, broaden your reach and increase awareness of the profession of coaching. Join your colleagues in co-creating a vibrant ICW in Victoria!

How to get involved:

Please contact Eva Van Krugel, Community Relations Director, South Island for more information and to get involved.

With appreciation for our amazing community!

President’s Message: Thank-you 2019; Welcome 2020!

Welcome everyone to a new year and a new decade!

2019 was a busy year for our chapter and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our Board of Directors and Volunteers who shared their time, talents and energy and all our members who have supported us in our mission to Thrive!!

I would like to thank Mike Atkins, John Burr, Maria Anderson, Kieran Harrop, Alison Dunatov, Lynn Wark, Beth Page, Tamara Wichniewicz, Johanna Stiver, Tracy Houser, Delaney Tosh, Annette Siewertsen, Mary Crowley, Maureen Mitchell, Allan Vonkem, Sheila Leclerc, Tania Walter Gardiner, Florie Vargas, Rob Regner, Tammy Phye, Sharon Kelly, Olga Netchaeva, Eva Van Krugel, Jilly Hyndma and Sue Maitland.

We are sad to say goodbye to Mike, Maria, John and Tracy who have left the board. Our 2020 board is another dynamic, diverse and experienced leadership team. We have some new and some returning Directors and have added a second Director of Events to ensure we are providing the connection and core competencies that you have told us are important to you.  We are always looking for people to support the Directors in their portfolios. If you have time in your schedule please reach out to us and let us know.

On Dec 7th, we presented our annual report at the AGM.   Engagement in the chapter is at an all-time high and we ended the year with 150 active members!

Member education is a core tenet for us.  Over the past year we offered 28 training opportunities through virtual webinars, coach week, and in person events.

The fiscal health of the chapter is strong and we continue to look for opportunities to increase revenue. We have come to the end of our sponsorship with TruShield Insurance due to their inability to meet our members’ needs for coverage and we thank them for their support of our chapter over the past year.  We are developing a new partnership with WBECS and we are excited about the learning opportunities this will provide you as members and rewards to the chapter as a whole.

Cheryl Joslin,
President, Vancouver Island Coaches Association
ICF Vancouver Island Chapter

Global Team Coaching Institute – 90-Minute Virtual Team Coaching Accelerator

ICF Vancouver Island has partnered with WBECS and Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI) to be able to present the Virtual Team Coaching Accelerator hosted by GTCI – with Professors Peter Hawkins and David Clutterbuck.

Today’s organizations find themselves in increasingly volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous (or VUCA) situations. Do you want to know how to PREPARE for these challenges, instead of REACTING to them? Now you can.

We invite our community to attend this FREE, LIVE Team Coaching Accelerator: Advance to the Leading Edge of Team Coaching and Team Leadership to unlock team coaching skills necessary to succeed in 2020 and beyond.

During this historic LIVE event, Peter Hawkins and David Clutterbuck will show you how to:

Embrace Team Coaching – Understand why the days of the “Heroic Leader” are over for business. Discover the essential differences between coaching individuals and coaching teams

Disrupt The Coaching Industry – Learn why the individual coaching model is losing momentum, and how to future-fit your practice with team coaching

Transform Your Coaching Practice – Build your skills to support the new world of team leadership. PLUS Uncover the biggest mistakes coaches and leaders make with teams
Coach More Systemically – Facilitate teams to work with each other and every stakeholder across the organization

Empower Teams – Enable teams to navigate the challenges of today’s hyper-complex and fast-changing world

Optimize Leadership And Development – Cut through the limits to organizational development imposed by individual coaching

Coach Connections – Learn how to go beyond individuals within teams and teams as a whole to begin coaching connections between parts and people

Stay Relevant – Future-proof your coaching practice and the organizations you work with by fostering 21st-century collective leadership

*Space is Limited*

Register here to secure your complimentary seat today.

*There are a handful of dates to choose from to suit your schedule – February 25 or 26, or March 2 or 4.


Meet the 2020 ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors Team


The Chapter is kicking off 2020 with an incredible team of volunteers!

Meet your 2020 Board of Directors who are excited to make this a year of dynamic expansion.


Cheryl Joslin

Vision for the Chapter: That the chapter continue to encourage inclusion of all members at all levels and provide engaging opportunities for members to connect.



Kieran Harrop, ACC
Vice President

Vision for the Chapter:  That our Chapter support, connect, and inspire both coaches and coachees in our community. That we increase the visibility and impact of the ICF Vancouver Island, bringing together coaches, coachees and organizations to flourish and become future-fit in dynamic co-creation within our social, political and ecological systems.


Fern Schultz, PCC

Vision for the Chapter:  A vibrant community of professional coaches supporting each other and contributing to the larger communities, which we serve.



Adele Fraser, ACC

Vision for the Chapter: Offering a valuable contribution to the profession of coaching and provide connection and growth opportunities for members.



Tamara Wichniewicz, ACC
Director of Membership

Vision for the Chapter: That the Chapter dynamically expand, that we efficiently and playfully collaborate, and that our Chapter and its members be seen and valued in the community.



Alison Dunatov
Director of Events

Vision for the Chapter:



Olga Netchaeva, ACC
Director of Events

Vision for the Chapter: That we continue to co-create a strong sense of community within the chapter and beyond, and support each other in furthering the coaching profession.



Johanna Stiver, ACC
Director of Communications

Vision for the Chapter:  To connect members across Vancouver Island and to make the coaching community more visible and accessible to coaches in rural communities.



Lynn Wark, ACC
Director of Community Relations North Island

Vision for the Chapter:  My vision is to engage with, and listen to, our members to ensure that we deliver the opportunities and services that our chapter is looking for.

Beth Page, PCC
Director of Community Relations Mid Island

Vision for the Chapter: To offer opportunities for mid island coaches to connect, share, and learn from each other as we come together in service of our clients and our practice.


Eva Van Krugel, ACC
Director of Community Relations South Island

Vision for the Chapter: To deepen connection with our growing ecosystem with integrity, support and inspiration.






Autumn 2019 Chapter Events – Don’t Miss Out!

Connect with your colleagues or immerse yourself in professional development! Your Chapter’s Board of Directors has planned an exciting Autumn season of events. Don’t miss out!

Click the Event title for details and registration

Sept 9th: Conversation on Ethics in our Profession – Part 4 of 5

Webinar: The purpose of the series is to support coaches’ development of ethical awareness (maturity), and to introduce and engage the powerful tools of reflective practice. The series is based on the book, Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions, by Michael Carroll & Elisabeth Shaw (2012).

Sept 14th: The Energy Codes – The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body and Live Your Best Life

Workshop: Join Marlena Field on Salt Spring Island for this experiential  workshop that will explore alternative ways to uncover deeper reasons for being stuck and practical techniques for releasing old patterns.

Sept 26th:  Coaching Social in Victoria

Meet Up: Join your coaching colleagues at the Bard and Banker for an informal coaches meet up. This event is designed to bring coaches (members and non-members) together to connect in robust, meaningful conversations about coaching in a relaxed atmosphere.

Oct 21st: Coaching Social in Nanaimo

Meet Up: Join your coaching colleagues at the Boston Pizza in Nanaimo for an informal coaches meet up. This event is designed to bring coaches (members and non-members) together to connect in robust, meaningful conversations about coaching in a relaxed atmosphere.

Oct 26th:  Reimagining Mentorship in our Coaching Community – Victoria

Workshop:  Join ICF Vancouver Island Past Presidents Sarah Evans and Tracy Houser in Victoria for a thoughtful exploration, group discussions, theory bursts, creative visuals, personal journalling, a curiosity wall, reflection and ultimately the development of a Personal Mentor Map for 2020.

Oct 29th:  North Island Coaching Social in Courtenay

Meet Up: Join your coaching colleagues at the Bayside Cafe in Courtenay for an informal coaches meet up. This event is designed to bring coaches (members and non-members) together to connect in robust, meaningful conversations about coaching in a relaxed atmosphere.

Nov 2nd:  Reimagining Mentorship in our Coaching Community – Nanaimo

Workshop:  Join ICF Vancouver Island Past Presidents Sarah Evans and Tracy Houser in Nanaimo for a thoughtful exploration, group discussions, theory bursts, creative visuals, personal journalling, a curiosity wall, reflection and ultimately the development of a Personal Mentor Map for 2020. 3 CCEUs – resource development.

Nov 12th:  Conversations on Ethics in our Profession – Part 5 of 5

Webinar: Join coaches Lily Seto, Mary Prefontaine and Janet Sheppard in a conversation on ethics in our coaching profession. The purpose of the series is to support coaches’ development of ethical awareness (maturity), and to introduce and engage the powerful tools of reflective practice. As in previous webinars, we will begin with a case study. 1 CCEU-core competency.


October/November:  Stay tuned for your opportunity to volunteer on your Chapter’s Board of Directors or visit the Chapter’s Volunteer webpage for information

Dec 7th: Save this date for the AGM and December Celebration and watch your inbox for the official notice, invitation and details.



So Much To Celebrate! Don’t Miss Out!

It’s been a very busy and dynamic year so far for our Chapter and we have a lot to celebrate and to share with our membership community.


We now have 143 members and are steadily growing! In celebrating this we recognize that we are maintaining an active, engaged and diverse chapter on Vancouver Island and would like to extend thanks to the Membership Committee for all of their energy to make this happen and to each of you for your dedication and commitment! ICF Global also recognizes this achievement and has given us a $2000 rebate. These funds go a long way towards the successful operation of our chapter.

Chapter Member Receives Award!

One of our long standing Chapter members, Betska K-Burr of Coaching and Leadership International Inc, was just honoured with the 2019 CEO Today Management Consulting Award of Top 100 Management Consultants of the World.

Congratulations Betska!


Meet One of our Newest Members: Rob Regner

Rob brings over 20 years of global business experience in senior management within the energy and forestry sectors. Leveraging his diverse background in business development, sales and marketing and operations covering six continents in both small businesses and large multinational corporations, Rob strongly believes in the power of people and maintains a relentless passion for the development of people and high performing teams. He now lives with his wife and two teenage children in Lantzville where he works with a major forestry company.

ICF Global Survey:

We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to the efforts of our chapter, we have achieved the goal of 100 completed surveys for the 2019 ICF Global Coaching Survey. This means that we’ll have access to a locally specific data deck when the survey results are published next year. Thank you for all that you’ve done to help us reach this goal!

However, we’re not done yet. The more data that we collect, the more robust and credible our results will be. That’s why I encourage you to take the following steps:

  1. If you haven’t already completed the survey, please do so today at
  2. Email the survey link to coaches, managers and leaders in your network and encourage them to complete the survey if they haven’t already.
  3. Share the survey link on social media. Don’t forget to mention that the survey is open to coaches and managers/leaders who use coaching skills, regardless of ICF Membership status!

Thank you for all that you do, every day, to help raise the profile of coaching and ICF in our community!

WBECS 2019 – Exciting News!

It was so great to see the level of engagement from our chapter for the WBECS Pre-Summit and hope everyone who signed up received value from the sessions they attended.

Since we had such great enrolment from the Vancouver Island Chapter we have been awarded 2 FREE EXECUTIVE SPEED LEARNER PASSES TO THE FULL-SUMMIT PLUS ACCESS TO ONE WBECS PROGRAM BY WBECS 2019!

For a chance to win these fantastic prizes, head on over to our LinkedIn Members Group Page (Our Chapter’s Private Forum) and tell us which Pre-Summit session was your favourite and your name will be entered into a draw!

And that’s not all! We have also been awarded the chance to HOST A ROUND TABLE SESSION DURING THE FULL SUMMIT. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact us for more information.

President’s Message: Gearing Up For Autumn 2019

Hello Members,

We are half way through this year and the Leadership Team is taking time to recharge as we gear up for the autumn.  A lot has been accomplished so far this year!  Tamara, Beth, Lynn and Kieran have worked hard to reach out to you and connect.  This has resulted in a 91% retention of our previous members and an additional eight new members joining our chapter.

John, in his role as Treasurer, has made sure that we are financially strong, and with Alison’s support, we are ensuring we can bring quality and diverse events that support our members in connecting and learning.

Your participation as a chapter with the World Business and Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS) has earned us some rewards that we are excited to pass on to the people who participated in the pre-summit.  Be sure to read your August edition of the Chapter Newsletter for all the details and how you could benefit from this reward. You don’t want to miss out on this!

I want to thank Delaney, communications committee volunteer, for doing such an amazing job coordinating the communications to members about WBECS.

I personally have enjoyed the special connections that all of the board members have made and how we have come together to support each other in supporting the members.  We are looking forward to getting together in the autumn to plan for next year.  Please let us know if you have something, as a chapter member, that you would like to see.

We have several new initiatives for next year for which we are seeking new directors.  Please visit our website to see how you can get involved and join in the fun and connection with the team.

Cheryl Joslin,
ICF – Vancouver Island Coaches Association

President’s Message: Update On The Work Your Chapter Volunteers Are Doing For You

President's Message: Wow! 12 Events in 4.5 Months!

Hello Members,

The volunteer board of directors and committees have been working very hard on your behalf to ensure we are living up to our commitment of focusing on ensuring we “THRIVE”.  Everyone is concentrating on supporting you and each other to ensure we are serving you and fulfilling your needs.

Alison, our Events Director, has organized 12 events so far this year!
To help create a successful program this year, Alison has spent time reviewing Eventbrite to ensure everyone is getting the event communications and she has been assessing the best time and dates to have events.

  • We kicked off the year on January 29th with Conversations On Ethics In Our Profession – Series 1 of 6 with Lily Seto, Mary Prefontaine and Janet Sheppard who then facilitated Part 2 of series in March.
  • February 12th there was Part 4 of the Cross Canada Coaching Series – Managing Progress and Accountability with Part 5 concluding in March.
  • February 13 Lynn hosted a North Island Coach Connection.
  • March 4th Beth organized the Mid Island Coaches Social Meet-up in Duncan.
  • March 12th we had the South Island Coaches Social Meeting in Victoria.
  • March 16th Beth Page and Sarah Evans facilitated Resilience for Coaches in Victoria and led the workshop again in Duncan on March 30th.
  • April 13th saw us up in beautiful Maple Bay for a Mid Island Social Barbecue.
  • This past Saturday we had The Missing Piece in the Coaching Industry with Betska K-Burr, The Guru Coach to kick off ICW.
  • Monday, we had The Field Guide to Emotions with Dan Newby and Curtis Watkins.

Visit the Events page on the VI Coaches website  for more upcoming events happening in May. Stay tuned for a special announcement about our Chapter’s partnership with World Business and Executive Coach Summit 2019 (WBECS) and also news about the upcoming visit and presentation from ICF Global’s Sara Smith in June.

Tamara, our Membership Director, has been focused on connecting with as many members as possible by phone, email, surveys and one on on. She is eager to understand your needs and what would have feel engaged as a Chapter member. She has been working hard with Delaney from our communications committee to ensure that everyone is getting our chapter messages.

Mike, Beth, Kieran, Lynn, Tania and Florie have planned a great International Coaching Week to promote coaching into our communities.

John keeps us in check with our finances and Maria is tracking all our needs.

I want to thank Delaney for supporting communications. Without her we would be lost.

I am so blessed and grateful to have such an amazing group of people to work with.

“The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek”
~ Joseph Campbell

Cheryl Joslin,
Vancouver Island Coaches Association

Conversations on Ethics in Our Profession Webinar Series

The Conversations on Ethics webinar series continues and it is not too late to participate.

Session 3 of this 6 part series is coming up on May 2, 2019 and even if you missed the first two sessions, you can still participate, but will have to listen to Session 1’s recording first.

ICF – Vancouver Island Chapter members Lily Seto, May Prefontaine and Janet Sheppard kicked off this series in January of this year with the intention of helping coaches deepen their understanding of the nuances of how ethics come into play in our profession and day-to-day interactions with our clients.

The purpose of the series is to support coaches’ development of ethical awareness (maturity), and to introduce and engage the powerful tools of reflective practice. The experience will be facilitated through exposure to the theoretical framework of ethical maturity, and the learning will emerge from coaches’ participation in rich, stimulating, and respectful conversations in each of the webinars.

This series is designed to be accessible to a range of coaches, credentials, and experience levels. Each session offers 1 Core Competency CCEU.  Please consider participating in as many webinars as work for your schedule!

To Register for Session 3 Click Here


Individual Eventbrite invitations will be posted for the following dates/times:

Session 4: July 9, 2019, 9:00-10:00 am Pacific Time (changed)

Session 5: September 9, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm Pacific Time

Session 6: November 12, 2019, 6:30-7:30 pm Pacific Time

More About Your Facilitators

Lily Seto, MA, PCC, ESIA, Certified Mentor Coach and Diploma in Coaching Supervision, is Past President of the ICF Vancouver Island Chapter. Her practice includes individual and group coaching, mentor coaching and coaching supervision, and facilitation. She is a member of the Global Independent Review Board (IRB investigates global complaints against coaches) and often explores ethics with her coaching supervision clients. She also teaches Intercultural Competence and Global Coaching as an Associate Faculty member with Royal Roads University in the Advance Coaching Certificate Program. Connect with Lily

Mary Prefontaine, CPCC, Co-Founder of Brew + Past Events Director of the Vancouver Island Chapter of the ICF. Mary specializes in leader development of individuals + teams. She is a trained associate of the Ethical Lens Inventory and encourages her clients + fellow coaches to stay alert to the conscious and unconscious biases we each hold when it comes to ethical dilemmas we face in our lives.

Dr. Janet Sheppard, CEC, ACC, Past Director of Community Relations, Mid/Up Island for the Vancouver Island Chapter of the ICF. Janet comes to her practice in coaching from a thirty year career in counselling. After retiring, Janet turned to coaching as a way to continue her passion for lifelong learning, while contributing to the learning, growth and change of her clients.  Website:

Be A Thought Leader! Publish An Article!

Be a Thought Leader!

Highlight your expertise while helping to advance the profile of professional coaching and our Chapter in our community.

The VI Coaches website has several blank webpages just waiting for content from our Chapter Members. Our intention with these pages is to support our members in their marketing efforts by publishing their articles under specific categories:

  1. Tools for Your Life
  2. Tools for Internal Coaching
  3. Tools for Your Career
  4. Tools for Business
  5. Organizational Coaching
  6. Tools for Leaders
  7. Tools for the Organization
  8. Tools for Coaches

Articles are being marketed via our website, our eNews, our various social media (Facebook and LinkedIn) and to our professional alliances and target audience.  Our audience is growing monthly and it includes your target market.

Members, do you have articles you would like us to publish on this website? Have you always wanted to write an article, but haven’t yet? This is your opportunity!

Submit your article to our Director of Communications.  We will let you know when your article has been posted.

Submission Guidelines

  • Articles should be informative on the subject matter, offering tips, coaching enquiries, new approaches, case studies (mindful of confidentiality) or summarizing research. Aim to expand the reader’s perspective and/or inspire them.
  • We invite you to be authentic and let your personality shine through.
  • Please use clear language and an active, direct voice. Avoid using the passive, indirect voice.  Shorter more direct sentences are more powerful.
  • Avoid any sales pitches – this will be edited out.
  • Articles should respect confidentiality, copyright laws and honour the ICF Codes of Ethics.
  • Aim for 500-1500 words.
  • You may repurpose an article you’ve already posted to your own website – just include a note in your byline “article also appears….”, but please do not submit an article you’ve already published in another publication.  Keep in mind, though, that unique articles offering fresh perspectives will be more appealing to your audience and will help you expand your reach.
  • Provide a ~25 word byline along with your website URL and include any links to pages you wish to promote – this is where you may promote yourself.
  • Provide your head-shot (optional, but preferred).
  • If you have a banner image you would like to include, please include this, as well (respecting copyright, of course. Try for images).
  • VI Coaches reserves the right to edit content or to not publish articles.

Our aim is to provide educational and professional content for the target market of coaches (or for coaches in the case of the “Tools for Coaches” category). Our goal is to market the expertise of our Chapter members.