Creative Coach Salons

The first in a series of  “Creative Coach Salons” was held in Victoria on April 2nd. Approximately 16 coaches showed up to network with fellow coaches and to hear members of the Chapter’s Leadership Team report on the ICF Global Leaders Conference in Atlanta (Lily Seto) and explain the results of the last membership survey and its implications for the 2015 Strategic Plan (Shyrl Kennedy). There was an overwhelming display of support for the plan and an acknowledgement of the effort and involvement of Chapter Members it would take to bring the plan to fruition.  Many attendees offered their time and energy but it was acknowledged more support was needed.
Lily and Shyrl duplicated this session in Nanaimo on June 6th  so that up-island members would also be provided the opportunity to network, gain understanding of our current year’s strategic plan and hopefully provide insights and tangible support. Here is the presentation for you to view:
The Strategic Plan was represented by this pyramid….Questions/Comments?
Please email Lily Seto or Shyrl Kennedy


Coaches Café & SGM

Image of CafeTuesday, March 12, 2013
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Berwick Royal Oak – 4680 Elk Lake Dr.
CCEU: 1 resource development


Our Coaches Café in March is about sharing the amazing tools that each of us have. We invite you to come prepared to share with the Vancouver Island Coaching community what works for you as a coach, as a business owner, as a leader, and you!  We will have 90 minutes so your presentation does need to be concise and easy to deliver. What a great way for each of us to fill our tool boxes!  

Note: There will be a brief Special General Meeting at the beginning of the Coaches Cafe program. Details of the SGM may be found here.

Members and Friends Enjoy a Festive Coaches Café


Thank you to our members and friends who joined us at our Vancouver Island Coaches Association December Coaches Café on December 11th. We celebrate the generosity of this community! We were able to provide the Mustard Seed with a generous gift of food donations.



Delaney Tosh and Tracy McMicking led us through an engaging networking activity where we enjoyed conversations, laughs and wonderful story sharing. For those who missed the festivities, please connect with our Leadership Team if you would like to become involved as a volunteer on a committee, as part of our Leadership Team or any of our exciting activities coming up in 2013.

VICoaches_Coaches_Cafe_Dec-2012It is so wonderful and rewarding to see so many from our coaching community attending these events as we share our learnings and stories. We would also like to encourage you to share your articles on our website for another way to engage with each other.

On behalf of the Vancouver Island Coaches Association we would like to wish everyone a safe, happy Holiday Season and we look forward to connecting in 2013!

Coaches Café

Image of CafeIt’s Our Annual Holiday Jingle!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
6:30 pm –

8:30 pm
Fireside Grill, Victoria, BC
Details & Registration

Please bring a donation for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

First VI Coaches Cafe a Success…and a Do Again!

After a

nice summer hiatus the VI Coaches Association had a successful launch of our new Coaches Café. With twenty-five of our coaching colleagues in attendance, the event was vibrant with conversation and the sharing of perspectives on the coaching tool that was featured during the evening’s program. At our venue, the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, we were nestled in breathtaking beauty! If you haven’t been to the Sanctuary lately, you may want to take a visit and experience the magic of the seasonal changes.

Sherry LeBlanc and Ingrid Abma facilitated the evening’s dialogue with an introduction to a dialogic technique that they called “Reflective Practice”. They shared a tool coaches could use to engage clients at a deeper level through the process of a Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic exercise.

The group in attendance experienced a process in which each person was given a word and asked to reflect on what it meant to them in a specific context. Then Sherry and Ingrid led everyone through the exercise of writing and expressing the thoughts they had come up with whilst observing the written thoughts and inspirations of others.

What followed was an interesting discussion on the impact of this simple yet profound exercise and brainstorming on how we could use the “Reflective Practice” with clients, groups or teams.


What Attendees Had to Say:

“That was fun!”

“A nice tool to use with a mastermind group we are creating!”

“A challenge to stay silent and focus when you wanted to ask questions about what others were writing.”

Coaches Café

Tuesday September 11, 2012 – Tuesday September 11, 2012

3873 Swan Lake Rd

View MapMap and Directions | Register


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Sept 11th is going to be the first Coaches Café of 2012 (Formerly Mingles).


Dialogue Topics: a dialogic technique to add to your coach toolbox plus a discussion on what’s new at the ICF, what’s new at your Chapter and how to get the most out of your benefits. 

CCEU: pending


What are Coaches Cafés? Purposeful gatherings of coaching colleagues to build our community of practice. Each Cafe will feature a tool, technique, or approach for you to add to your coach toolbox.

“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” – Etienne Wenger


VI Coaches Practice Mindfulness at March Mingle

A handful of our members joined the VI Coaches morning mingle on March 13, 2012 and enjoyed a healthy breakfast in the great outdoors, a hot drink and a walk around Beaver Lake.  In the peaceful forest setting, we practiced mindfulness, shared our intentions for the day and ended with a discussion. 

What made this mingle exceptional were the in-depth professional development conversations.  We had a terrific discussion on some of the finer points of the ethical standards guiding our profession and shared some resources we find helpful in developing our careers and businesses.