ICF Changes Date for International Coaching Week 2013

Traditionally, International Coaching Week has been held the first full week each February. After reviewing all received input, ICF Global has decided that ICW will be held during the week of May 20-26 in 2013.

We invite ideas from our members on how you would like our Chapter to celebrate International Coaching Week. The planning starts in September, so let us know!

ICF Cascadia Region Update

The ICF Cascadia Region committee has met and continues to work on the development of a vision and mission for this ICF regional group. For more information on the ICF Cascadia Region and its purpose visit the Expand Your Community page on the VI Coaches website.

VI Coaches Leadership Team All Day Planning Retreat

Wednesday September 5, 2012

The Mews Conference Centre (Lounge),
Castle Rd, Royal Roads University

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All day planning retreat for the VI Coaches Leadership Team on September 5, 2012



Sept 11th is going to be the first Coaches’ Café of 2012 (Formerly Mingles).

Dialogue Topics: a dialogic technique to add to your coach toolbox plus...


Coaches Café

Tuesday September 11, 2012 – Tuesday September 11, 2012

3873 Swan Lake Rd

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Sept 11th is going to be the first Coaches Café of 2012 (Formerly Mingles).


Dialogue Topics: a dialogic technique to add to your coach toolbox plus a discussion on what’s new at the ICF, what’s new at your Chapter and how to get the most out of your benefits. 

CCEU: pending


What are Coaches Cafés? Purposeful gatherings of coaching colleagues to build our community of practice. Each Cafe will feature a tool, technique, or approach for you to add to your coach toolbox.

“Communities of practice are 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.” – Etienne Wenger


VI Coaches Board of Directors Team Meeting

Thursday June 21, 2012 – Thursday June 21, 2012

2005 Sooke Road

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Monthly Leadership Team meeting of the VI Coaches Board of Directors.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm



Kevin Cottam Speaks at VI Coaches AGM

Kevin Cottam speaking at VI Coaches AGMMembers of the VI Coaches Chapter enjoyed uncovering their own Aha moments during an inspiring presentation by author and coach, Kevin Cottam, at the AGM in May. Kevin’s enthusiasm is infectious and he had us all laughing and even brought tears to some of our members’ eyes as he wove personal stories into a presentation that encouraged us, as coaches, to help our clients draw out their Aha moments and use these to recognize who they are and what their path is all about.

The key point of Kevin’s presentation is that we tend to ignore the meaning behind the events of our lives, but could be using these as informative tools to inspire and guide meaningful action. A big Thank You to Kevin from all of us for dropping in from afar and delighting us with his wisdom.

Curious to learn more, but missed the AGM? Check out his book, Mother’s Pearls, 27 Aha Moments of Realization.

Looking Ahead – A Message from our New VI Coaches President

Image_of_Spring_BloomsIt is my honour and privilege to serve over the 2012-13 year. I am proud to begin my term with an amazing, inspiring, dedicated team of volunteers who bring a diversity of backgrounds, skills, knowledge and ideas to the leadership of the Vancouver Island ICF Chapter. As we are your representatives, our shared vision is one of service and contribution – to our communities, our profession, and to each of you.

It is an exciting time to be involved in the coaching profession. Our visibility is higher than ever, our chapter numbers continue to grow, we are being called to serve and contribute in a multitude of ways in our communities, and professional development and educational opportunities are plentiful.

We have heard from many of you that we should continue doing what we are doing. Message received! We are committed to building on the successes of this past year, and in order to set our goals for 2012-13 the VI Coaches Leadership Team will be engaging in a full–day planning retreat to prepare the coming year for our membership. We

welcome your feedback and suggestions, so please feel free to contact any of your VI Coaches Leadership Team members.

2012-2013 Leadership Team

VI Coaches 2012/13 Board of Directors

President: Sarah Evans
Past President: Sherry LeBlanc
Vice President: Annette Siewertsen
Secretary: Phyllis O’Grady
Treasurer: Ingrid Abma
Membership: Maureen Clarke
Marketing: Doug Lawson
Events: Tracey Gibson
Communications: Delaney Tosh


Sarah Evans
President, VI Coaches

Looking Back to Celebrate the VI Coaches Year

Image_of_Sherry_LeBlancIt is hard to believe that it was about 8 months ago that I wrote my first President’s Message for the first newsletter of this year. It has been a very eventful year to say the least.

I can honestly say that it has been a privilege and honour to serve as the President of the Vancouver Island Coaches Association. As I did in 2005, I am leaving my term with fond memories that I will reflect on for years to come.

Our membership has increased, our profile has been raised and we have created a culture of support and camaraderie for the coaching community here on Vancouver Island.

Of course, none of this success could have happened without the support of an amazing Leadership Team. Time is a precious commodity and I acknowledge and appreciate the gift of time, dedication and energy that has been given over the year from the coaches who held a role on the Leadership Team. It has been a privilege to work with an inspiring team of devoted volunteers who brought a diversity of skills, backgrounds and ideas to the Leadership Board.

As I reflect on my role as Board President, I had the confidence that we would be a Board of action and use our collective talents to grow and to be of service to the VI Coaches membership and the coaching community.

We began our Board term with the understanding that we needed to connect with our membership to hear how we could be of service to the Vancouver Island coaching community. Prior to coming together for a facilitated planning session at Royal Roads, we conducted a telephone survey with our membership. Based on the survey results, and conversations with the membership, we were able to formulate the feedback into tangible goals and actions for the year whilst staying in alignment with the vision and mission of the VI Coaches Association.

I believe we have achieved the goals we established for our term as a number of significant foundations for the association have been strengthened, developed and created. I believe our community has been served with integrity, purpose and passion.

Please take the time to view the power point presentation that was shared at the AGM on May 15, 2012 to see the highlights of the year.

VI Coaches Events Update

Image_of_Tracey_GibsonThank you to all members who participated in workshops, mingles and webinars over the past year. A lot of time and work goes into developing these events and it was great to see that so many of our members experienced the incredible value and benefits. As we move into the next year we are excited about our evolving website where you will be able to register for upcoming events, rather than using eventbrite.

To help us get ready for September we would love to hear from you about what you are looking for from the various events that Vancouver Island Coaches Association hosts. We want to hear about venues, days and times that work and what you want to learn about. Contact me to let us know what would have value and would make you excited about registering.

Thank you again for making our 2011-2012 events such a huge success. Have a fantastic summer and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event in the fall.

A summary of our events this past year:

  • 3 Mingles / 4 Workshops / 9 Webinars
  • 1 SGM / 1 AGM
  • Total number of events = 19
  • 453 participants in total (not including 2011 AGM & May 15th workshop)
  • On average 22 people attended each event
  • The cost of the events ranged from $10 -$59.00
  • 18 CCE units were available to earn


VI Coaches Practice Mindfulness at March Mingle

A handful of our members joined the VI Coaches morning mingle on March 13, 2012 and enjoyed a healthy breakfast in the great outdoors, a hot drink and a walk around Beaver Lake.  In the peaceful forest setting, we practiced mindfulness, shared our intentions for the day and ended with a discussion. 

What made this mingle exceptional were the in-depth professional development conversations.  We had a terrific discussion on some of the finer points of the ethical standards guiding our profession and shared some resources we find helpful in developing our careers and businesses.