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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: CONNECTING FOR BALANCE AND SUPPORT

A lot has changed in our world since our last newsletter. We are facing many firsts both in our personal lives and in our businesses. It’s becoming clear that the way through this is by cultivating empathy and compassion for ourselves and for others.

Staying balanced so we can stay connected with our clients

As coaches we connect every day to help our clients stay grounded and navigate the world they live in. To be a support through this change we need to also ensure that we stay balanced and are filling up our bucket – taking time to breathe, moving our bodies, mindfully eating and connecting with people to fill us up.

Staying connected with your community for support and inspiration

As a community we are here to support you. If you need to connect for inspiration or support please reach out to us. At this time we are isolated, but alone and lonely are not the same thing. Staying connected is the answer and our community is here to support each other. Visit our Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities to connect.

Sharing your ideas and expertise

For the foreseeable future our connecting will be online and we would love to hear your ideas for making that meaningful. Please also reach out if you have mastery in an area that you would like to share. Some examples might be a virtual book club to inspire learning or a virtual masters café that would help our new coaches spark ideas on how they can support the world. Please contact Directors of Events, Olga and Alison, for thoughts and interest.

“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen.” Brené Brown


Cheryl Joslin

President, Vancouver Island Coaches Association
ICF Vancouver Island Chapter

President’s Message: Thank-you 2019; Welcome 2020!

Welcome everyone to a new year and a new decade!

2019 was a busy year for our chapter and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our Board of Directors and Volunteers who shared their time, talents and energy and all our members who have supported us in our mission to Thrive!!

I would like to thank Mike Atkins, John Burr, Maria Anderson, Kieran Harrop, Alison Dunatov, Lynn Wark, Beth Page, Tamara Wichniewicz, Johanna Stiver, Tracy Houser, Delaney Tosh, Annette Siewertsen, Mary Crowley, Maureen Mitchell, Allan Vonkem, Sheila Leclerc, Tania Walter Gardiner, Florie Vargas, Rob Regner, Tammy Phye, Sharon Kelly, Olga Netchaeva, Eva Van Krugel, Jilly Hyndma and Sue Maitland.

We are sad to say goodbye to Mike, Maria, John and Tracy who have left the board. Our 2020 board is another dynamic, diverse and experienced leadership team. We have some new and some returning Directors and have added a second Director of Events to ensure we are providing the connection and core competencies that you have told us are important to you.  We are always looking for people to support the Directors in their portfolios. If you have time in your schedule please reach out to us and let us know.

On Dec 7th, we presented our annual report at the AGM.   Engagement in the chapter is at an all-time high and we ended the year with 150 active members!

Member education is a core tenet for us.  Over the past year we offered 28 training opportunities through virtual webinars, coach week, and in person events.

The fiscal health of the chapter is strong and we continue to look for opportunities to increase revenue. We have come to the end of our sponsorship with TruShield Insurance due to their inability to meet our members’ needs for coverage and we thank them for their support of our chapter over the past year.  We are developing a new partnership with WBECS and we are excited about the learning opportunities this will provide you as members and rewards to the chapter as a whole.

Cheryl Joslin,
President, Vancouver Island Coaches Association
ICF Vancouver Island Chapter

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

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


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