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


SAVE THE DATES!

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: www.janetsheppardcoaching.com

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 (twitter and LinkedIn) and to our professional alliances and target audience.  Our audience is quite large, it’s 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.

Submission Guidelines

  • Articles should be informative on the subject matter, offering tips, or summarizing research.
  • Avoid any sales pitches – this will be edited out.
  • Articles should respect confidentiality, copyright laws and honour the ICF Codes of Ethics.
  • Aim for 300-2000 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.
  • Provide a ~25 word byline along with your website URL.
  • 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).
  • VI Coaches reserves the right to edit content or to not publish articles.

It’s International Coaching Week #ExperienceCoaching

It’s International Coaching Week!

International Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual weeklong global celebration of the coaching profession. ICW 2019 is scheduled for April 29–May 5, 2019.

ICW is intended to educate the public about the value of working with a professional coach and to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.

During this week, coaches around the world offer a variety of activities and pro bono services in their local communities to enable others to Experience Coaching and its benefits firsthand.

This year, the ICF – Vancouver Island Chapter has planned several events – workshops and webinars –  for both the coaching community and the public as part of our #ExperienceCoaching dedication to the communities that we serve.

International Coaching Week 2019: Public Events

ICF – Vancouver Island Chapter is excited to host several events  – both workshops and webinars – enabling individuals and organizations to Experience Coaching during International Coaching Week 2019 (April 29–May 5).  Workshops and webinars are open to the public – We hope to see you there!

The Missing Piece in the Coaching Industry – Workshop

Facilitator:
Betska K-Burr, Accredited Master Coach (IAPC&M)

Date/Time:
Saturday, April 27, 2019
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location:
BDO Canada LLP – Victoria, BC

Re-Visit! Re-Vision! Re-Boot your coaching practice! Join us to discover this innovation in coaching that will dramatically improve your Client’s results. You will learn and practice award-winning tools to greatly enhance your coaching practice and achieve huge Client results — up to 900% change in client competency.

Click Here For Details & Registration

A Field Guide to Emotions: A Practical Orientation to 150 Essential Emotions – Webinar

Facilitators:
Curtis Watkins & Dan Newby

Date/Time:
Monday, April 29, 2019
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Location:
Webinar link provided upon registration

About:
ICF Vancouver Island is pleased to present A Field Guide to Emotions as a part of International Coaching Week 2019! The value of emotional literacy is increasingly gaining recognition as a critical area of learning for leaders, educators, coaches, parents, and individuals. In reality, though, there are few dedicated resources available to assist people in growing this essential skill. We are, therefore, delighted to present Dan Newby and Curtis Watkins, who have recently published “The Field Guide to Emotions: A Practical Orientation to 150 Essential Emotions“.

Click Here For Details & Registration

Neutralize Your Self Doubt, Strengthen Your Efficacy – Workshop For Leaders

Facilitator:
Dawn Large

Date/Time:
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location:
BDO Canada LLP – Victoria, BC

About:
ICF Vancouver Island is pleased to present Neutralize Your Self-Doubt, Strengthen Your Efficacy – Workshop for Leaders as a part of International Coaching Week 2019! Learn and create your personalized way of strengthening your own self-efficacy in this interactive workshop. Hear how high performers strengthen their self-efficacy.
This is a public workshop – everyone is invited.

Click Here For Details & Registration

International Coaching Week 2019: Information for Coaches

There are a number of participation opportunities for Chapter members during International Coaching Week:

  1. Participate in our chapter’s ICW events.
  2. Post links to the events on your social media. Let’s invite our communities to #ExperienceCoaching!
  3. Become an ICW Sponsor – connect with Mike Atkins, ICW committee chair to find our how.
  4. Volunteer to support an ICW event – connect with Alison Dunatov, Events Director, to find out how.
  5. Join the ICW Committee to help kick-start the planning for ICW 2020!

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Chapter Events and Workshops – March 2019

Connect with your colleagues or immerse yourself in professional development – The 2019 Board of Directors is kicking off the winter season with a packed calendar of events.

March 4th: Mid-Island Coaches Connect – Conversations with Coaches, Duncan BC 
Join ICF-VI Coaches’ Beth and Jenna at the networking event for Mid-Island coaches where we’ll explore understanding our moment-to-moment experience to promote presence and gratitude.

March 12th: ICF-Vancouver Island Presents: South Island Coaches Meet-Up, Victoria, BC 
Join your fellow ICF Vancouver Island Chapter members (and non-members) at the Bard and Banker in Downtown Victoria for an informal coaches meet up. Connect in robust, meaningful conversations about coaching.

March 16th: Pro-D Workshop – Resilience for Coaches: Building Your Capacity, Victoria, BC 
Join Beth and Sarah in this experiential half-day session in Victoria, BC, which offers an opportunity to learn and ‘play’ with seven interrelated components of resilience to support building personal resilience at work, capacity to adapt to change and uncertainty, and maintain personal wellbeing.

March 18th:  Pro-D Webinar – Cross Canada Coaching Series – Part 5 0f 5 – Coaching Presence 
The fifth session in the Cross Canada pilot project* created by ICF chapters Vancouver Island, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Quebec features Quebec’s own Dr. James Gavin MCC discussing the competency of Coaching Presence. Deepen your learning and understanding of this ICF Core Competency during this interactive and engaging webinar.

Be sure to visit the ICF – Vancouver Island Chapter’s Events Calendar for more upcoming opportunities to connect and advance your professional development.

Stay tuned for exciting news about the Chapter’s plans for International Coaching Week (April 29th to May 5th).

President’s Message: Passing the Torch with Heartfelt Thanks

 

A Heartfelt Thank You

To all of our chapter members, the volunteers, our sponsors, the committee members and our board – thank you for another wonderful year of connection, growth and dedication to advancing the coaching profession. As my time as your chapter president draws to a close, I am humbled by the many kind words of thanks that so many of you have taken the time to share.

Vibrant, Engaged Community

Our recent AGM and Holiday Brunch was the perfect opportunity to watch quietly as coaches reconnected, discovered new friends, or rekindled collegial joy in a room full of energy and gratitude.  Not only were there old friends, but also many new faces joined us at Hatley Castle as we learned about the importance of insurance, did a quick trip of our 2018 year in review (activities, events and learning in abundance), and then held our Annual General Meeting.

‘Tis the Season of Wondrous Delight

A last-minute call to the membership brought unexpected delight in the overwhelming response to our request for door prizes. The strength of our community and the size of our hearts shone through with a bundle of extraordinary gifts donated for the special day. And the nomination and election process opened beautiful possibilities for chapter future. I am thrilled to see the continuity of board members (thanks to Cheryl, Mike and John) as well as fresh energy (Kieran, Beth, Daniel, Tamara, Lynn, Alison) join the board for 2019! Not only will there be a full board for the coming year, but no less than 8 additional chapter members have signed up to support the board through volunteering for committee or event work.  No doubt, there are more great things to come!

With gratitude,
Tracy Houser
Outgoing President

Notification of Annual General Meeting and Call For Nominations

You will, by now, have received via email the notification of the upcoming Vancouver Island Coaches Association Annual General Meeting & Holiday Brunch.

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • 10:30am – 1:00pm
  • At Hatley Castle, Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC

Elections will be held at this AGM. Members (in good standing within 30 days of elections) of the Vancouver Island Charter Chapter interested in serving on the Chapter Board of Directors  are invited to complete a nomination application that has been endorsed by 2 other ICF – VI members.

Please Submit Nomination applications to the nominating committee chair Tracy Houser prior to the AGM. (See below for Form Download)

Positions open are:

President – open 1 year term
Vice- President – open 1 year term
Secretary – open 2 year term
Treasurer – 2 year term
6 Directors –  open 2 year term each

The pending motions to be discussed are the Approval of the minutes of the 2017 AGM and Approval of Financial Statements and information, and the method of voting by the membership will be by ballot.

The Festivities:

At this festive brunch, you will have the opportunity to network with your coaching colleagues, vote your next Board of Directors into action and celebrate the volunteers and successes of 2018!  This event is always rich in conversation and celebration, and this year, with the support of our new sponsor, we are certain to enjoy an even more engaging gathering of colleagues.

What you need to know:

If you are unable to attend, we request you submit a Proxy Form (Download below)

We request that you register before 9:00 am, Friday, November 30th so we can finalize catering.

Pay Parking is available in a couple of locations on campus – follow this link for a map of the campus.

***If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please send an email to the Director of Events by December 3rd.

REGISTER NOW

We look forward to seeing you there!

Download:  2018 ICF Vancouver Island Coaches Association Charter Chapter Board Nomination Form

Download: Proxy Voting Form

 


Sponsored By:

TruShield Insurance is a major sponsor of our Chapter Events with a substantial contribution towards offsetting the costs for members attending our AGM.

Community Service as a Cornerstone of the Coaching Profession: How Giving Makes You Rich

Many new coaches worry a great deal about how to build their business, how much to charge, who their ideal clients are…all of these are legitimate concerns that have an impact on how coaches think about their time and energy, but they are based in fear, and worry that there might not be enough (clients, business opportunities, money) to go around.

I believe that, paradoxically, when you stay connected to your purpose, to what drew you to coaching in the first place, there is most often a foundation of caring, a desire to help and to contribute to growth of people and their businesses that motivates many people when they think about coaching. I’m writing to encourage you to broaden your vision and to consider adopting a policy of carrying even one pro bono client in your practice. Alternatively, work with your chapter to help identify potential community service projects. It is an amazing way to add to your skills, gain valuable experience, and bank coaching hours toward your next credential, while contributing to your larger community in tangible ways.

Some ICF Chapters provide ongoing support for nonprofit organizations, others respond to a crisis or situation where coaching can help. Check out this link to an article on the ICF Global website for tips on how to get started within a chapter.  We have a wonderful local example where Vancouver Island coaches, partnering with coaches from Greece, helped to establish a coaching program that trains coaches in a number of areas including coaching trauma, managing boundaries and cross-cultural management and matches them with volunteers working with refugees in Greece, Italy and Portugal. Check their Facebook page!

Do you already do community service within your practice? We’d love to hear about it! Please email Janet Sheppard and let’s build awareness! We are all richer when we care for our community.

Submitted by: Janet Sheppard, Director of Community Relations

President’s Message: Happy November to Our Members

Antici-p-a-a-tion

Here we are moving into the time of fall schedules, a new school year, and of course, curiosity about what we can explore to bring us joy as the days grows shorter.

Connecting with Community

We hope you have found value in the workshops and online learning that we have offered. Whether it is in strengthening your online Linked In profile to attract new clients, examining the Code of Ethics to stay current with the standards, or signing up to join the inspirational coach conversations taking place in person up and down the island, it’s an exciting time for growing our skills. Many of you have expressed your keen desire to remain connected to the coaching community, indeed that is one of the many benefits of an ICF membership. May your exploration of virtual and in-person events bring you much joy.

For the Ravenous Learner in You

We kicked off the Cross-Canada Coaching Webinar Series in late September, with Lily Seto and Mary PreFontaine facilitating a nation-wide workshop on ethics. It was exciting to work in virtual break out groups with colleagues from Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa. Our sister chapters across Canada will take turns hosting online workshops on emerging coaching trends and topics. Don’t forget to check out the full line up of fall events hosted by the Vancouver Island Chapter (see table below).

We also responded to member requests for a workshop designed to assist us with our Linked In profiles – after all, it’s a great way to promote our coaching business! James Amarelo hosted a webinar and walked us through everything from customizing our URL, to developing snappy summaries, and choosing images and information to align our Linked In presence with the brand we showcase on our coaching business websites.

We build our chapter events schedule trying to reach as many members as possible through a mix of online and face to face sessions. With an intentional focus on continuing education credits for coaches, we offer a mix of topics, based on member feedback and speaker availability. If you are interested in either offering or attending something specific, please drop our Events Director, James Amarelo, a note at events@vicoaches.org.

What You’ve Been Waiting For…

And I am thrilled to announce that we have once again been able to book Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University for our Annual General Meeting and Holiday Brunch! This beautiful setting is a perfect place to reconnect with experienced members and welcome new ones over a lovely meal. As a portion of the time is dedicated to our annual general meeting, not only will we review our finances and elect a new board, but we will also celebrate our membership and how we continue, together, to advance the coaching profession (check out the sidebar invite and call for nominations).

Our Upcoming Events

The Chapter website’s Events calendar is updated regularly and is a great place to check in on upcoming events.  To date, we have events taking us into March of 2019!

November 5th:  Inspiring Coaches to Connect in Ladysmith and in Victoria. Connect with your colleagues at these face-to-face social events and enjoy rich conversations with your Chapter community – non-members are encouraged to join us.

November 15th:  Cross Canadian Coaching Series Webinar – Topic: Powerful Questioning.  Presented by the Calgary Chapter’s Jamie Davidoff, PCC.

November 24th:  ICF Vancouver Island Presents: Metaphor Magic in Coaching.  Facilitated by Lily Seto, PCC who will demonstrate the Metaphor Magic Box as a powerful tool for working with clients.

December 8th:  ICF Vancouver Island Chapter’s Annual General Meeting & Holiday Brunch.  Once again we celebrate our year, welcome our new Board of Directors and enjoy a delicious seasonal brunch at the beautiful Hatley Castle.  Watch you inbox for a call for nominations, your AGM package with agenda including slate of nominees and resolutions, and the registration details.

February 12, 2019: Cross Canadian Coaching Series Webinar – Topic: Managing Progress and Accountability. Presented by Toronto Chapter’s Sue Sheldon, MCC.

March 18, 2019:  Cross Canadian Coaching Series Webinar – Topic: Coaching Presence. Presented by Quebec Chapter’s Dr. James Gavin, MCC.

I really hope you mark your calendar and join us!

Warmly,

Tracy


For details and registration for these events visit:
EVENTS CALENDAR


Photo credit:  Photo by Char Beck on Unsplash

Recap: Inspiring Coaches to Connect

 

October 14, 2018 was a picture-perfect autumn day in the valley. The sunshine was golden, the leaves a breathtaking array of colours, absolutely no wind so the water was like glass. It was a day begging you to be outside soaking up the beauty.  And I am very grateful that many coaches in the Comox valley chose to come together for our ICF chapter event: Inspiring Coaches to Connect.

We took the time to talk about our coaching niches, which ranged from entrepreneurs to adolescents and their parents, to career coaching, transition, resilience, and the medicine wheel.

The conversation turned toward mentor coaching, coaching supervision and peer coaching.  Ideas were exchanged, resources shared, real-life experience was leveraged (maintaining confidentiality of course), and the main theme emerged: WE ARE NOT ALONE.

Ever curious, we explored client intake processes, and the important conversation around mental health and how we ensure our clients are best supported (note: check out the ICF global website for some important information about when to refer our clients).

I appreciated the passionate exchange about professional coaching, credentials, and building awareness in the community.  A brainstorm ensued that brought forth ideas for greater exposure through small business expos, presentations, lunch and learns, laser coaching demos and coaching cafes.

The conversation wrapped up with a commitment to keep the conversation going, to maintain the connection – with a deep appreciation for one another and the willingness to be together advancing this profession we all love.

Two more Inspiring Coaches to Connect Events are coming up on November 5th – one in Ladysmith and one in Victoria. Check out our website’s Events Calendar for details and registration.

~Tracy Houser

The Hidden Benefits of Your ICF Global Membership

Support and Connection

Communities of Practice are, in my opinion, a well-kept secret of the ICF Global website, and a benefit of membership that I’d love to know how many local members take advantage of.

The term “Communities of Practice”, meaning “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly”, comes from the work of Etienne Wenger, a consultant and researcher who studies and consults with organizations and professionals as learners.  Wenger actually started out researching apprentices, to understand how they become more expert.

As professional coaches we are expected to be lifelong learners, to be upgrading our qualifications and deepening our knowledge of what promotes learning, growth, and change in our clients. There are many things, though, that are unique to the context of our individual and organizational clients that we need to be able to work with in informed and ethical ways.

In this brief article, I’d love to pique your interest, and invite you to check out the Communities of Practice currently available to you, including webinars taught by subject matter experts, and providing CCEU’s, all at no additional cost to your ICF Global membership.

Currently there are ten unique Communities of Practice for you to explore and join:

  • Team and Work Coaching CoP
  •  Life Vision and Enhancement Coaching CoP
  • Internal Coaching CoP
  • Health and Wellness CoP
  • Government Coaching CoP
  •  Executive and Leadership CoP
  •  Ethics CoP
  •  Coaching Science CoP
  •  Coaching and Human Capital CoP
  •  Career Coaching CoP

Please check these out and sign up for one of their webinars. To truly take advantage of your membership, explore the website and find out what other hidden benefits await. I’d love to hear your feedback and am happy to pass on our member experience to the relevant stakeholders at ICF.

Click here to access the ICF CoP webpage.

Further reading on Etienne Wenger’s concept of Communities of Practice.

~ Janet Sheppard, Director Community Relations (Mid)