President’s Message: Engaging for Transformation

Last week’s International Coaching Week (ICW) was a great success.

Thank you to all of the Vancouver Island coaches who volunteered to coach new clients and to the ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors who pulled together to help make this event a success. Many of the coachees who participated in ICW had never experienced coaching before and this event is a great way to promote the profession and our coaches in our communities and organizations. I received feedback from coaches that participated that it was an amazing experience.

On April 17, ICF Vancouver Island hosted Alan Seale for a wonderful Transformational Presence workshop. Alan guided the group through several powerful exercises including the 4 Levels of Engagement, Pushing Against or Partnering With, and the Deep Simple. If you missed it or want to revisit some of the learning, a link to a recording of the workshop is being sent to all members via the Spring 2021 edition of the newsletter, so be sure to watch your inboxes.

Our Communications Director, Annette Siewertsen and the Website Committee (Delaney Tosh and Sherry LeBlanc) have been busy building our new website. This is amazing news! The Committee is bringing our Chapter’s online presence into alignment with ICF Global’s updated branding.  With the ICF branding guide and the Chapter’s survey results in hand, the committee has finalized the navigation structure, fine-tuned a design direction and has most of the website built.  As the work progresses, the committee will be developing a new and improved Find a Coach member directory that will bring ease and access to our members in creating their profile and provide a good platform for marketing our Chapter members.

You may have noticed that ICF has announced a new ICF podcast channel that is available here:
This is a great resource for learning and development brought to you by coaches like yourselves, the incredible talent and expertise of our network of more than 35,000 ICF credentialed coaches worldwide.  It is also another platform to promote your coaching business and share your passion and knowledge about coaching.



Kieran Harrop
ICF Vancouver Island Coaches Association

President’s Message: Visualizing a Tapestry of a Blossoming Garden as Our Theme This Year

The year has taken off with a bang!

ICF Branding Update

ICF has rolled out its bold new branding based on ICF Professional Coaches’ “new emboldened purpose … to empower coaches to achieve their ultimate goal. We have greater focus on helping you grow your clients and your business so that you can go change the world.”
For more information on ICF’s new branding please visit the One-ICF webpage.

Chapter Strategic Planning for 2021

The ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors met in January for a strategic planning and team building session. Our Vice President, Johanna Stiver, led the team in an inspiring Social Presencing Theatre exercise as we organically listening into the emergent future of our community to co-create a theme for the year. We sensed into images of expansiveness, sowing seeds, diversity, a blooming garden, individual selves coming together into a bigger whole, a tapestry of different coloured threads in bright collaboration and playfulness. From there, we distilled the theme into: A Tapestry of a Blossoming Garden.

In our strategic planning, we discussed how to showcase and reveal the wisdom and diversity in our chapter to:

  • benefit our members
  • raise member’s profiles, and
  • to connect, grow and thrive as individuals and as a community.

Meet our Chapter’s 2021 Board of Directors Here.

Winter Events Calendar Fully Booked – Don’t Miss Out:

January’s events included:

  • Well Played: An Experiential Play Workshop for Coaches
  • ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese  – our monthly Chapter social networking and collaboration gathering

Events in February and March will include:

  • ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese (February and March)
  • Michael Bungay Stanier: How to Tame Your Advice Monster
  • Mini Habits: Small Tools for Big Success
  • Climate Coaching Alliance: Coaches Looking after Mother Earth – Learning from an Indigenous Worldview
  • Creating Coaching Prosperity

Visit the Chapter’s Event webpage to register for upcoming events.

Connecting and Learning Together Through the Challenges

We are acutely aware that we are working in a uniquely challenging context as Vancouver Island and the world continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19. This year, we will continue to offer virtual training and opportunities for us to connect, as a coaching community, and with potential clients. The Board looks forward to exploring with you what we have learned from the experience of COVID-19 and to hearing your ideas for how it might reshape how we connect, learn, grow and thrive together as coaches and support our clients as we navigate these unprecedented times.

I’m honoured to writing this message to you as the President of ICF Vancouver Island. I put my name forward for this opportunity because I have a deep belief in the value and impact of coaching in our communities. I look forward to serving you and our community in the coming year.


Kieran Harrop
ICF Vancouver Island Coaches Association


Meet Our Chapter’s New Board of Directors for 2021!


The Chapter is kicking off 2021 with an incredible team of volunteers!

Meet your 2021 Board of Directors who are excited to make this a year of inspiring connections.


Kieran Harrop, ACC

Vision for the Chapter: Supporting, connecting, and inspiring coaches and coachees in our community. To increase the visibility and impact of the ICF Vancouver Is-land. To bring together coaches, coachees and organizations to flourish and become future fit in dynamic co-creation within our social, political and ecological systems.


Johanna Stiver, ACC
Vice President

To connect members across Vancouver Island making the coaching community more visible and at the same time centering other voices to be more representative of coaches and clients with diverse experiences and perspectives.




Adele Fraser, ACC

Vision for the Chapter: To continue the good work from this past year – offering a valuable contribution to the profession of coaching and provide connection and growth opportunities for members.




Fern Schultz, PCC

Vision for the Chapter:  A vibrant community of professional coaches supporting each other and contributing to the larger communities, which we serve.




Tamara Wichniewicz, ACC
Director of Membership

Vision for the Chapter: That the Chapter dynamically expand, that we efficiently and playfully collaborate, and that our Chapter and its members be seen and valued in the community.



Jilly Hyndman, ACC
Director of Events

Vision for the Chapter: Collaboration and community, uphold professional integrity, inclusivity and participation by all members.




Valerie Thackray
Director of Community Relations – South Island

Vision for the Chapter: To have a brand for a well-known and highly regarded coaching community of highly skilled, ethical and authentic coaches where learning from one another and continuous improvement are cultural cornerstones and coaching expertise and support are sought out by business and coaches alike.


Natasha Music-Laketic, ACC
Director of Events

Vision for the Chapter: Our Chapter promotes the power of coaching and is making coaching accessible to people who are curious about coaching and interested in their personal and professional growth. Our Chapter connects local coaches and provides them with opportunities to collaborate, contribute to new programs and transform.


Annette Siewertsen
Director of Communications

Vision for the Chapter: To support and inspire our members with innovative education opportunities while creating an inclusive and sustainable coaching community.




Winter 2021 Chapter Events – Don’t Miss Out!

Connect with your colleagues or immerse yourself in professional development! Your Chapter’s Board of Directors have planned an exciting Winter season of events. Don’t miss out!

Click the Event title for details and registration

January 14th: ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese

Online Chapter Meet-up: Always a fun way to connect! With ICF-VI covering such a large area, the easiest and most inclusive way for us to meet as a community is online – an now it is the safest. So grab a drink and a snack and log in to the meeting from the comfort of your own home! What are your goals for the New Year?

January 21st: Well Played: An Experiential Play Workshop for Coaches

Pro-D Workshop/Webinar: let’s get 2021 started with a burst of play! You’ll leave this workshop, facilitated by Kaitlyn Lyons, CPCC, feeling lighter and refreshed, with practical tools to create joy for yourself and your clients. You’d be surprised by how useful “unproductive” play can be. A playful coach and client are relaxed, creative, and open to possibility and change! CCEUs: 1.0 Core Competencies; 0.5 Resource Development

February 11th: ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese

Online Chapter Meet-up: Always a fun way to connect! With ICF-VI covering such a large area, the easiest and most inclusive way for us to meet as a community is online – an now it is the safest. So grab a drink and a snack and log in to the meeting from the comfort of your own home! Connect with colleagues and gather great ideas to support your clients. 

February 22nd:  Mini Habits: A Small Tool for Big Success

Pro-D online workshop from 12-1:30 p.m. facilitated by James Garrett of Brain by Design. CCEUs pending. Details and registration coming soon!

March 11th: ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese

Online Chapter Meet-up: Always a fun way to connect! With ICF-VI covering such a large area, the easiest and most inclusive way for us to meet as a community is online – an now it is the safest. So grab a drink and a snack and log in to the meeting from the comfort of your own home! Connect with colleagues and gather great ideas to support your clients. Learn more about your colleagues.

March 23rd: Creating Coaching Prosperity 

Pro-D online workshop from 1-4pm facilitated by local chapter member Adam Quiney, J.D., PCC. CCEUs pending. Details and registration coming soon!

Third Wednesday of Each Month: CPHR Coaching Roundtables, a partnership between ICF Vancouver Island and CPHR – BC & Yukon Chapters

Online Roundtable: January 20, February 17, March 17 from 5:30-7 p.m.
As CPHR BC & Yukon Roundtables generally are for members of their association in good standing, ICF Vancouver Island Chapter members are asked to follow the process below to register for this event. Please register by emailing Emmalee Gummer with the following information:

1. First and Last Name 2. Business Name 3. Title 4. Mailing Address 5. Email Address 6. Phone Number

You will receive an email confirmation for your registration, and will receive the Zoom login information by the end of the day on the day before the roundtable.



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


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

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!



For details and registration for these events visit:

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