I love this time of year. I walked home last night and marveled at the coloured lights that brightened my path. I found myself humming quietly and smiling at the reflection on the water.
This is a magical time of year when winter solstice is approaching, also known as midwinter. It is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. It is a time of festivals, spending time with loved ones, feasting, singing and dancing – a time celebrated by many different cultures.
And our recent AGM was definitely a time of celebration and feasting! Thanks to everyone who joined us at Royal Roads’ Hatley Castle – it was a sold out event. The energy in the room was buzzing, the conversations rich, and the connections strong.
We shared a year in review, highlighting the wide variety of activities and events and honouring the many volunteers who helped to make it happen (including a BIG thank you to my Board colleagues for the previous year of learning, service and joy). We held the official portion of the day with acceptance of minutes, reports and of course an election.
And we launched our ICF Vancouver Island History Project. Gathering the details and stories from our inception to this moment was heart work. The 2017 Board of Directors offers this as our gift to the chapter – intended to be a living document, to be updated by the Board as they wrap up each year.
Just in case you missed the event – check out our Year End Chapter Celebration Deck for visual highlights.
“The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path comes to a stop before reversing direction” (Wikipedia).
And that leads me to the coaching question, inspired by Alan Seale, “What wants to happen next?” I look forward to building new friendships with the incoming board. I am certain your passion and commitment will help to design and deliver another year of amazing growth for the coaching profession. Can’t wait!
So in the spirit of spending time with loved ones, feasting, and standing still, I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to reflect on this past year. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to this amazing profession, to your local ICF chapter, and to the coaching conversations that make a difference.
From my heart to yours,