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President’s Message: Engaging for Transformation

Last week’s International Coaching Week (ICW) was a great success.

Thank you to all of the Vancouver Island coaches who volunteered to coach new clients and to the ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors who pulled together to help make this event a success. Many of the coachees who participated in ICW had never experienced coaching before and this event is a great way to promote the profession and our coaches in our communities and organizations. I received feedback from coaches that participated that it was an amazing experience.

On April 17, ICF Vancouver Island hosted Alan Seale for a wonderful Transformational Presence workshop. Alan guided the group through several powerful exercises including the 4 Levels of Engagement, Pushing Against or Partnering With, and the Deep Simple. If you missed it or want to revisit some of the learning, a link to a recording of the workshop is being sent to all members via the Spring 2021 edition of the newsletter, so be sure to watch your inboxes.

Our Communications Director, Annette Siewertsen and the Website Committee (Delaney Tosh and Sherry LeBlanc) have been busy building our new website. This is amazing news! The Committee is bringing our Chapter’s online presence into alignment with ICF Global’s updated branding.  With the ICF branding guide and the Chapter’s survey results in hand, the committee has finalized the navigation structure, fine-tuned a design direction and has most of the website built.  As the work progresses, the committee will be developing a new and improved Find a Coach member directory that will bring ease and access to our members in creating their profile and provide a good platform for marketing our Chapter members.

You may have noticed that ICF has announced a new ICF podcast channel that is available here: https://www.icf-events.org/icf-podcasts/
This is a great resource for learning and development brought to you by coaches like yourselves, the incredible talent and expertise of our network of more than 35,000 ICF credentialed coaches worldwide.  It is also another platform to promote your coaching business and share your passion and knowledge about coaching.



Kieran Harrop
ICF Vancouver Island Coaches Association

ICW Communication Kit for ICF Members to Promote Your Own Pro Bono Coaching During ICW 2021

Thank you to our Chapter members who have volunteered to provide pro bono coaching during this year’s #ExperienceCoaching event for ICW2021. We’ve put together a Communications Kit to help you market your involvement.

What this is:

Communications kit for ICF members to promote your support of International Coaching Week from May 17-23, 2021 through pro bono coaching. This is an amazing time to profile your unique offering during times of complexity, uncertainty and change. You can demonstrate the significant impact of what you offer in your community through social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Materials included:

  1. Promotional messaging
  2. A link to the local chapter website for more information
  3. Photos you can download for your social media posts (right click on image to ‘save image as’).

1. Promotional social media messaging for coaches:

Here are sample messages that you can use to promote your pro bono coaching offering. We’re thrilled for your participation in support of ICW and community in this way!


Experience #probonocoaching with me during #InternationalCoachingWeek! DM me to book a time May 18, 2021. https://vicoaches.org/events/experiencecoaching-pro-bono-on-may-18th-during-international-coaching-week/

Facebook and LinkedIn:

Want to experience coaching at no charge? Need support during change? During #InternationalCoachingWeek May 17-23, I will be offering #probonocoaching so you can understand and benefit from the impact of professional coaching. To coordinate a time, DM or email me at (COACH CONTACT DETAILS) to secure your spot! https://vicoaches.org/events/experiencecoaching-pro-bono-on-may-18th-during-international-coaching-week/

Blog or Permission-based Email Regarding ICF-VI Event:


Needing support during challenging times? Want to experience coaching at no charge from an ICF professional coach?

Now is your chance and we have seats open for you! On May 18th during #InternationalCoachingWeek (May 17-23, 2021), you can benefit from #probonocoaching so you can understand the powerful impact of professional coaching on a topic of your choosing.

#ExperienceCoaching pro bono event May 18, 2021 on Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands from 12 noon to 3pm is a virtual event requiring pre-registration during which you will connect with a professional ICF accredited coach for a session over the phone or video – whichever you prefer. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis, so register soon! This will be your opportunity to get clear on a goal, move from inaction on a situation into action, bring focused clarity to a decision, or perhaps identify your blind-spots on an issue or opportunity. To register: https://vicoaches.org/events/experiencecoaching-pro-bono-on-may-18th-during-international-coaching-week/

When you register, you will receive a brief set of questions to help you prepare for your #ExperienceCoaching session.

Find out for yourself why people who receive coaching report improved productivity, confidence, focus and so much more in their work and lives, especially in these times of increasing complexity. #ExperienceCoaching!

Questions? Write Annette, Director of Communications, Vancouver Island Chapter, International Coach Federation.

2. Promotional Links (Website, Events page, Registration Page)

ICW 2021 on Website Blog:  https://vicoaches.org/events/experiencecoaching-pro-bono-on-may-18th-during-international-coaching-week/

Registration page for Coachees to Sign Up to ICF-VI’s ICW #Experience Coaching virtual event: https://my.setmore.com/bookingpage/121034e6-1026-4440-a21a-466a2a4fa8dd/class/caa9a528b8c5963e759b16f8a8b15305155195b2db

3. Photos for social media posts:

Here is a collection of ICW 2021 branded images you can choose from and use in your social media posts.









Call for Volunteers for International Coaching Week 2021

International Coaching Week is approaching and will take place during May 17-23, 2021.  ICW is a week-long worldwide celebration of coaches and the coaching profession. Following the tremendous success of last year’s virtual #ExperienceCoaching event, ICF-VI is organizing another invite our members to join in to help increase the visibility, understanding and impact of coaching.

#ExperienceCoaching is a pro bono coaching event on May 18, 2021 hosted by ICF-Vancouver Island from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. #ExperienceCoaching will empower communities to experience the impact of coaching at no cost while building awareness of local ICF coaches across Vancouver Island. We need your help to contribute to what will be a highly impactful #ExperienceCoaching event in our communities during a time when our communities continue to need support. This event will be conducted virtually in light of world events.

We are inviting Chapter member coaches to volunteer for our #ExperienceCoaching event as follows, with a request to confirm your interest by May 13, 2021 please.

How it will work:

  • We will market this event via traditional and social media, inviting participants to register online and sign up for a time slot to experience coaching.
  • Slots will be determined by how many volunteer coaches we have.
  • Coachees and coaches will be matched via a set of basic criteria, including time slot.
  • Volunteer coach and coachee will arrange, between themselves, which platform they will use for their coaching slot (Skype, phone, Zoom).

Participation in this event is a great opportunity for Chapter members to broaden your reach and increase awareness of the profession of coaching while providing much needed support in our Vancouver Island communities. Join your colleagues in co-creating a meaningful International Coaching Week in our region!

How to get involved:

Please contact Annette Siewertsen, Communications Director, for more information and to get involved.

With appreciation for our amazing community!

Your ICW2021 Committee

President’s Message: Visualizing a Tapestry of a Blossoming Garden as Our Theme This Year

The year has taken off with a bang!

ICF Branding Update

ICF has rolled out its bold new branding based on ICF Professional Coaches’ “new emboldened purpose … to empower coaches to achieve their ultimate goal. We have greater focus on helping you grow your clients and your business so that you can go change the world.”
For more information on ICF’s new branding please visit the One-ICF webpage.

Chapter Strategic Planning for 2021

The ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors met in January for a strategic planning and team building session. Our Vice President, Johanna Stiver, led the team in an inspiring Social Presencing Theatre exercise as we organically listening into the emergent future of our community to co-create a theme for the year. We sensed into images of expansiveness, sowing seeds, diversity, a blooming garden, individual selves coming together into a bigger whole, a tapestry of different coloured threads in bright collaboration and playfulness. From there, we distilled the theme into: A Tapestry of a Blossoming Garden.

In our strategic planning, we discussed how to showcase and reveal the wisdom and diversity in our chapter to:

  • benefit our members
  • raise member’s profiles, and
  • to connect, grow and thrive as individuals and as a community.

Meet our Chapter’s 2021 Board of Directors Here.

Winter Events Calendar Fully Booked – Don’t Miss Out:

January’s events included:

  • Well Played: An Experiential Play Workshop for Coaches
  • ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese  – our monthly Chapter social networking and collaboration gathering

Events in February and March will include:

  • ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese (February and March)
  • Michael Bungay Stanier: How to Tame Your Advice Monster
  • Mini Habits: Small Tools for Big Success
  • Climate Coaching Alliance: Coaches Looking after Mother Earth – Learning from an Indigenous Worldview
  • Creating Coaching Prosperity

Visit the Chapter’s Event webpage to register for upcoming events.

Connecting and Learning Together Through the Challenges

We are acutely aware that we are working in a uniquely challenging context as Vancouver Island and the world continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19. This year, we will continue to offer virtual training and opportunities for us to connect, as a coaching community, and with potential clients. The Board looks forward to exploring with you what we have learned from the experience of COVID-19 and to hearing your ideas for how it might reshape how we connect, learn, grow and thrive together as coaches and support our clients as we navigate these unprecedented times.

I’m honoured to writing this message to you as the President of ICF Vancouver Island. I put my name forward for this opportunity because I have a deep belief in the value and impact of coaching in our communities. I look forward to serving you and our community in the coming year.


Kieran Harrop
ICF Vancouver Island Coaches Association


Meet Our Chapter’s New Board of Directors for 2021!


The Chapter is kicking off 2021 with an incredible team of volunteers!

Meet your 2021 Board of Directors who are excited to make this a year of inspiring connections.


Kieran Harrop, ACC

Vision for the Chapter: Supporting, connecting, and inspiring coaches and coachees in our community. To increase the visibility and impact of the ICF Vancouver Is-land. To bring together coaches, coachees and organizations to flourish and become future fit in dynamic co-creation within our social, political and ecological systems.


Johanna Stiver, ACC
Vice President

To connect members across Vancouver Island making the coaching community more visible and at the same time centering other voices to be more representative of coaches and clients with diverse experiences and perspectives.




Adele Fraser, ACC

Vision for the Chapter: To continue the good work from this past year – offering a valuable contribution to the profession of coaching and provide connection and growth opportunities for members.




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.




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.



Jilly Hyndman, ACC
Director of Events

Vision for the Chapter: Collaboration and community, uphold professional integrity, inclusivity and participation by all members.




Valerie Thackray
Director of Community Relations – South Island

Vision for the Chapter: To have a brand for a well-known and highly regarded coaching community of highly skilled, ethical and authentic coaches where learning from one another and continuous improvement are cultural cornerstones and coaching expertise and support are sought out by business and coaches alike.


Natasha Music-Laketic, ACC
Director of Events

Vision for the Chapter: Our Chapter promotes the power of coaching and is making coaching accessible to people who are curious about coaching and interested in their personal and professional growth. Our Chapter connects local coaches and provides them with opportunities to collaborate, contribute to new programs and transform.


Annette Siewertsen
Director of Communications

Vision for the Chapter: To support and inspire our members with innovative education opportunities while creating an inclusive and sustainable coaching community.




ICF-VI Chapter Partners with CPHR – BC and Yukon Chapter on Coaching Roundtables

Last year, Chapter member and Director of Community Relations Beth Page, organized a partnership between ICF Vancouver Island and the BC & Yukon Chapter of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources providing access to the monthly Roundtables to our Chapter members.

The Roundtables are hosted the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m and each of these Roundtable brings focus to a different topic relevant to both Human Resources professionals and Coaching professionals.  Check the Vancouver Island Coaches Association LinkedIn Group for posts of upcoming Roundtables and their topics.

Upcoming dates in 2021: January 20, February 17, March 17

January 20, 2021

5:30 – 7:00 pm Pacific

Are you interested in pursuing a career in coaching with professional development and career advancement through education, skills enhancement and networking? Here is an opportunity to ask any questions about coaching to Laurie O’Donnell, Global Executive Coaching Director with Cornerstone International Group and the Coaching Director of ICF Vancouver Charter Chapter.

Guest Facilitator: Laurie O’Donnell, ACC, is the Managing Director and office head of Vancouver and Toronto. She focuses on Industrial Practice and is a trusted advisor on Senior Management, HR, Supply Chain, R&D, Quality and Sales positions in North America and China. Laurie has 15 years in the Global Recruiting Industry filling positions in all areas of manufacturing with a special emphasis on Aerospace & Defense and Heavy Industrial. Before relocating to Vancouver, she was four years at Cornerstone International Group Beijing in China and 10 years at Cornerstone Montreal in Canada, responsible for Industrial, Energy and Aerospace sector

Roundtable Host(s): Ceyda (jay-da) Gultan, MA, ACC, CPHR, Ceyda (jay-da) Gultan, MA, ACC, CPHR is a Human Resources Executive with 20 years of progressive experience in global, national and local corporations in private, public and nonprofit sectors. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English language and a Master’s degree in human resources management. As a CPHR professional in BC, she holds a certificate in intercultural studies from UBC. Ceyda is the Past President of the International Coach Federation Vancouver Charter Chapter and she believes in the coaching principle of every person is creative, resourceful and whole.

ICF-VI Chapter members can register as follows:

As CPHR BC & Yukon Roundtables generally are for members of their association in good standing, ICF Vancouver Island Chapter members are asked to follow the process below to register for this event. Please register by emailing Emmalee Gummer with the following information:

  1. First and Last Name
  2. Business Name
  3. Title
  4. Mailing Address
  5. Email Address
  6. Phone Number

You will then receive an email confirmation for your registration, and will receive the Zoom login information by the end of the day on the day before the roundtable.

Winter 2021 Chapter Events – Don’t Miss Out!

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

Click the Event title for details and registration

January 14th: ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese

Online Chapter Meet-up: Always a fun way to connect! With ICF-VI covering such a large area, the easiest and most inclusive way for us to meet as a community is online – an now it is the safest. So grab a drink and a snack and log in to the meeting from the comfort of your own home! What are your goals for the New Year?

January 21st: Well Played: An Experiential Play Workshop for Coaches

Pro-D Workshop/Webinar: let’s get 2021 started with a burst of play! You’ll leave this workshop, facilitated by Kaitlyn Lyons, CPCC, feeling lighter and refreshed, with practical tools to create joy for yourself and your clients. You’d be surprised by how useful “unproductive” play can be. A playful coach and client are relaxed, creative, and open to possibility and change! CCEUs: 1.0 Core Competencies; 0.5 Resource Development

February 11th: ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese

Online Chapter Meet-up: Always a fun way to connect! With ICF-VI covering such a large area, the easiest and most inclusive way for us to meet as a community is online – an now it is the safest. So grab a drink and a snack and log in to the meeting from the comfort of your own home! Connect with colleagues and gather great ideas to support your clients. 

February 22nd:  Mini Habits: A Small Tool for Big Success

Pro-D online workshop from 12-1:30 p.m. facilitated by James Garrett of Brain by Design. CCEUs pending. Details and registration coming soon!

March 11th: ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese

Online Chapter Meet-up: Always a fun way to connect! With ICF-VI covering such a large area, the easiest and most inclusive way for us to meet as a community is online – an now it is the safest. So grab a drink and a snack and log in to the meeting from the comfort of your own home! Connect with colleagues and gather great ideas to support your clients. Learn more about your colleagues.

March 23rd: Creating Coaching Prosperity 

Pro-D online workshop from 1-4pm facilitated by local chapter member Adam Quiney, J.D., PCC. CCEUs pending. Details and registration coming soon!

Third Wednesday of Each Month: CPHR Coaching Roundtables, a partnership between ICF Vancouver Island and CPHR – BC & Yukon Chapters

Online Roundtable: January 20, February 17, March 17 from 5:30-7 p.m.
As CPHR BC & Yukon Roundtables generally are for members of their association in good standing, ICF Vancouver Island Chapter members are asked to follow the process below to register for this event. Please register by emailing Emmalee Gummer with the following information:

1. First and Last Name 2. Business Name 3. Title 4. Mailing Address 5. Email Address 6. Phone Number

You will receive an email confirmation for your registration, and will receive the Zoom login information by the end of the day on the day before the roundtable.


President’s Message: Using Our Coaching Hearts to Support Change with Courage


#I Can’t Breathe

I have found it challenging to compose a message during such a tumultuous time.

We continue to experience the effects of COVID-19; the public loss of black lives Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor; the history and legacy of systemic racism towards Indigenous Peoples in Canada; as well as the continued perpetuation of systemic inequality.

Our world will be forever changed by the events of this year. The challenge is how to show up in a world that has become more complex than ever.

In March 2019, I attended a Dare to Lead training with Brené Brown. During this training a conversation erupted around diversity and inclusion. Multiple people stood up in the room to express their pain from being excluded. At the time I was not sure what had started it, but it was definitely overwhelming. I understood, #I Can’t Breathe, as I sat and listened to everyone’s pain. After the event I connected with the person who had started the conversation. I remember thinking how brave she was to stand up and communicate her pain in such a public way. It also highlighted the fact that you can never understand someone’s experience unless you are willing to have a conversation with them.

I am making a conscious decision to notice our differences and challenging myself to be more curious about the struggles of others. I am questioning my unconscious biases and blind spots. I am open to having uncomfortable conversations with both my clients and those around me to change the inequality in our community and our world.

We are seeing fears about the future and altered mindsets from isolation. I am asking myself how do I support clients at this time? How do I prepare them for September as we go into what is predicted to be the second wave of COVID-19? How do I assist leaders to find the courage to lead with more heart and to find empathy for their teams? The only antidote to fear is love. To get through these challenges we need braver leaders with the courage to not have all the answers.

I invite you to join me on my journey of exploration and to start a conversation in our community. Chapter members can use the Chapter’s private LinkedIn group to post and comment on what you are experiencing and how we can use our coaching hearts to support the change that is happening in the world.

Here is a link to a test created by Harvard University. This will assess your own unconscious bias.


Know you dare well enough to sit in the dark with other – Pema Chödrön


Cheryl Joslin
Vancouver Island Coaches Association