President’s Message: Special Chapter Message Regarding Covid-19

Dear Chapter Members,

Events related to Covid-19 have shifted things for each of us over the past few weeks in a myriad of unexpected ways. We want everyone to know that we are here to support you in these challenging and unprecedented times and have implemented some changes in the way we reach out so that we can help maintain our connections and learning together.

All events have been adjusted and will be held virtually until September at the earliest with a focus around bringing the community together to connect and offer peer support. 

Here are a couple of upcoming events:

To start this off we are holding the second Virtual Wine and Cheese on April 23rd from 6-7:30 pm. Big thanks to Tania Walter-Gardener for being the creator and facilitator behind this idea! These Wine and Cheeses are a great way for our Vancouver Island Chapter to connect across the region. The first event was a real success and we hope to see more of you join us this time!

We also have two upcoming Discussion Forums for you to check out:

The first: Discussion Forum: Marketing Your Coaching Business will be held on Wednesday 20th May from 12-1:30pm. Panelists include Delaney Tosh on Creating your Niche, Emma-Louise Elsey on List Building and Media Plans, and Eva Van Krugel on Direct Marketing to corporates. The format will include discussion and Q&A with the panelists and participants.

The second: Discussion Forum: Business Platforms to Support a Cohesive Coaching Business will take place at a date in June, TBC shortly.

Opportunity to Partner with the Chapter Board of Director to deliver Continuing Coach Education (CCE):

If you have online professional development that offers CCE units and would like to partner with the Board to offer this to our membership at not cost please contact Director of Events. You can visit the ICF Global website to learn how you can apply to have your training program accredited for CCE units.

Similarly, if you have other non-CCEU programs and offers that you’d like to share with the membership please go ahead and post to the LinkedIn Vancouver Island Coaches Association Members’ Group. This group is another way for members to connect and interact with each other directly to build community. Feel free to pose questions and create dialogue as well as share any relevant coaching related content with the group. Reminder to turn on your notification settings to stay current with what’s happening there!

International Coaching Week is coming up May 4-10th!

ICF Members from around the world will join and celebrate coaching’s power to positively impact individuals, organizations, communities and the world.

Our local Chapter has organized a few virtual events across Vancouver Island including a virtual Experience Coaching pro bono event on May 5th, demo coaching workshops for industry, and social media marketing materials for coaches to support community during ICW. If you are interested in volunteering to offer pro bono coaching during ICW please contact Community Relations. More details to come about that soon! Please refer to this blog post for details of this ICW2020 volunteer opportunity.

How can we support you?

And finally and most importantly, please let us know how we can support you. We are committed to providing our Members with the support and resources you need to care for yourself and meet the needs of your clients during this tumultuous period.

With sincere gratitude for our community of coaches,

Cheryl Joslin
President
Vancouver Island Coaches Association