ICF VANCOUVER ISLAND CHARTER CHAPTER
2018 BOARD NOMINATIONS
Please meet your ICF chapter members who have been nominated, are qualified as directors according to the BC Societies Act and have agreed to stand for nomination to the 2018 Board of Directors.
President: Tracy Houser – Victoria: second, one-year term
Tracy Houser is a strong, thoughtful communicator who is passionate about coaching and growth and development. She focuses her energy on bringing out the best in people. Ever curious and open to new possibilities, she fuels her passion through her own constant learning and leadership development.
Tracy holds a Masters in Fine Arts and several certifications in coaching, mentoring and change management. She is credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the ICF. Her career experience ranges from small business to consulting, university teaching to international touring, and private industry to public service.
Although she is currently the Director of the Change Management Office at the Natural Resource Transformation Secretariat in the BC Public Service, she believes that “leader” is not a title you are given, it is how you choose to show up. So, despite her official title, her self-caption on her imaginary business card is “Possibility Artist”.
I see the Vancouver Island Chapter as a vibrant organization that connects members around the island to advance the coaching profession. We gather to learn together, share insights and best practices, develop awareness in the community of the value and impact of coaching, and to be part of global coaching trends.
We do what we can to advance coaching, with what we have, from where we are – holding space to honour and advance coaching here on Vancouver Island.
Vice President: Cheryl Joslin – Metchosin
Cheryl is a strategic thinker with a passion for helping business leaders from all levels transform cultures, improve communication, and inspire their businesses to thrive. She has 35 years’ experience working in the service industry with corporations and business owners, and has held leadership position at multiple companies including McDonald’s, Cobs Bread, and KFC/Taco Bell.
Cheryl is an ICF credentialed coach, a Certified Executive Coach and a trained facilitator with extensive experience developing executing training programs for McDonald’s Restaurants. She is fiercely committed to her clients’ success and provides the support they need to exceed their goals and foster growth within their companies.
Known for asking questions that get to the heart of the matter, Cheryl’s style supports her clients to make choices that decide their success. When applied to an entire workforce or organization, this can have an amazing effect on the quality of work and overall company performance.
My vision is to be an integral part of inspiring the members and the chapter to thrive by attracting and developing the highest quality of professional coaches.
Secretary: Kim Arsenault – Nanaimo
Kim has a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. She holds a ACC designation with ICF. Kim has a caring and engaging presence. She coaches and assists leaders in attaining the best results from themselves and their people. Kim is an experienced consultant and coach who continuously receives excellent reviews from clients.
My vision is that our Vancouver Island chapter be accessible to all members and provide support and education for coaches at all levels. I have seen a very successful chapter grow and really address members needs in the last few years and have been interested in contributing to that.
Treasurer – VACANT
Varek Boettcher – Victoria
I have always been curious. I was that kid that took things apart to see how they worked. As I grew older that curiosity developed into a passion for technology and I turned it into an IT career working in the public and private sectors for more than twenty-six years.
My wife recently completed her M.A. in Leadership at RRU. As she was graduating, our discussions turned to where I wanted to take my career. As soon as she showed me the coaching program it seemed like such a natural fit for me. I graduated in May of 2017.
As a newly minted executive coach, I’m very interested in the experiences of new graduates and addressing some of the issues they experience. How does one start a coaching practice? What are the steps? Where are the pitfalls? How can one leverage the experience of veteran coaches in support of new graduates?
My vision is of a group of passionate coaches that look for opportunities to support our local community in developing themselves, their skills and their businesses.
Gina Ross – Nanaimo as of Jan 2018
Gina Ross is a professional life coach, event leader and speaker committed to freedom through authentic expression. She leads and coaches aspiring entrepreneurial women who want to ‘find their voice’, so they can begin their soul’s work. In a world inundated with messages that we have to be something other than who we truly are. These messages often creep into how we build our businesses. Or they prevent us from ever beginning to live the lives we deeply want.
Gina’s coaching supports aspiring entrepreneurs to find, heal and share their voice – the authentic expression that wants to have impact with the people they serve. Gina graduated from and is affiliated with accomplishment coaching and has been in business for three years. In her past life she was a certified counsellor, and brings a playful and spiritual intuition along for the ride in all her work.
My vision is that we have over 200 members who are engaged, connected and contributing to the Chapter by the end of 2018. This chapter can be an inspired and powerful conduit for all coaches in our catchment and I believe we can truly be an organization that supports all coaches to thrive in their businesses.
Janet Sheppard – Cobble Hill
As a coach with a background in psychology and education, I am passionate about supporting people as they challenge themselves to learn, grow, and change in the pursuit of their goals and dreams. My previous career in higher education has also fuelled my own desire to learn continuously. As I move into this new phase of my own professional development, I am excited to meet and learn from my coaching colleagues too. I find this emerging profession stimulating and rewarding and I see belonging to the local chapter of the ICF as an opportunity to be part of contributing to its development too.
One thing I loved most of all in my previous career was supporting people who were open to learning, growing, and changing in an integrated way, transforming their sense of self as they challenged themselves to navigate their academic learning and their personal and life/work paths.
It’s that transformative possibility that continues to fuel my passion for learning as a coach.
My vision is for the Vancouver Island Chapter to grow and flourish by building relationships with new and emerging coaches through local and, eventually, distance coaching programs. I see the coaching community as a ‘learning community’, or a series of linked communities of practice.
I have had some of my richest and most rewarding experiences participating in a community of practice with other professionals – social learning is an important part of professional identity development. To engage new coaches early in their careers and provide opportunities to participate in social and situated learning is a way to contribute to their professional learning, but also to the emerging profession of coaching.
Michael Atkins – Victoria
Michael Atkins is a Certified Executive Coach, who specializes in leadership development. A scholar and practitioner of leadership, he holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching; moreover, he has also completed Royal Military College of Canada’s Intermediate Leadership Program, a program only offered to select military leaders. With over 17 years of military experience, he has become extremely proficient in developing high performance teams capable of dealing with high-stake situations. Should he be elected as a member of the board, Michael is extremely motivated to work hard in support of the VI ICF constituency at large.
I would like to become engaged with supporting the local coaching community. In that, I would like to use my time as a board member to promote the needs of the VI ICF constituency at large.