1St Annual BC Public Servants’ Coaching Summit

 Inspire.  Results

October 29, 2014

KEYNOTE AND PANEL SESSIONS will be broadcast from Victoria, BC

WORKSHOP SESSIONS available in various BC locations.


Summit’s Intention and Possibilities for BC Public Servants:

Looking for a better way to engage, empower and energize your team?  Want to learn how you can achieve the results you desire?

Join in the first-ever BC Public Servants’ Coaching Summit, and explore the possibilities that come with a “coaching approach” to all your conversations.

This one-day, interactive and transforming experience will inspire, enlighten, and motivate you on a path of action. You’ll learn how coaching empowers you to achieve your goals.

You’ll connect with your passionate and inspiring colleagues who see the value of coaching in both life and the workplace.



Community Relation Directors Holly Grail: Strategic Direction

DSC_8699 (2)I want to convey to the team how humbled yet excited I am to assume
the Community Relations Director position for 2014. I want to extend
my support to the work of last years Board, Yvonne Mann (past
Community Relations Director), Barbara Thomas, Shigenori Murata, Maeve
O’Byrne and Kim Renee Cotes, as well as anyone I have missed, your
contributions however small or large have helped in coming up with a
Strategic Plan and actionable phases of work that are tangible and
clear. I ask all of you to continue helping out in whatever ways you
can or are passionate about. If you would like a copy of the Strategic Plan, please contact me at

I distinctly remember ICF representatives saying, as I was still at
RRU training to become a professional coach over two years ago now
,that the ICF will only have value if I put time into it. Besides
Annette encouraging me initially in taking my coach training from RRU,
she was instrumental in encouraging me now to take an active part in
the ICF. I am profoundly grateful for her leadership and I am
honoured to serve shoulder to shoulder with her…

There are a few thoughts I have around leading in my capacity as
Community Relations Director.

Firstly, I am approachable. Please find the time to talk to me, no
matter what part of the Vancouver Island Chapter you belong. The most
important part of my role is building relationships. It is hard to do
this without conversations I find. Seek me out in whatever way is
comfortable for you.

Secondly, I subscribe to the Toltec Wisdom of Don Miguel Ruiz, and his
book on the 4 Agreements. I have worked on these for many years and
still have not mastered them.

1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Do not take ANYTHING personally
3. Do not make assumptions
4. Do the best you can

I will lead with these four agreements in mind.

Finally, I am a thoughtful leader and many who have known me understand that I am inspiring, empathetic and compassionate in my mindfully cultivated approaches.

Help me move from the impossible to the possible, one thoughtful
conversation at a time.. Whatever has held us back in the past will
no longer, yet it will take a concerted effort and action… I
believe we can do this, especially as we work together in synergistic



Contact Scott directly at: Director of Community Relations

ICF Vancouver Island Chapter Members Raise Funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

VI Coaches’ Doug Lawson presents our Chapter’s donation to Jeremy Loveday of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Vancouver Island Coaches Association was very pleased to make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation from the proceeds from our International Coaching Week events (ICW 2012) that were held earlier this year. As February is Heart Month, the theme from ICW 2012 was “What is at the Heart of Coaching” and thus, in our Chapter’s spirit of being in service, the ICW planning committee suggested that the proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Doug Lawson, former VI Coaches Director of Marketing, presented the donation to Jeremy Loveday, Community Development Coordinator, Vancouver Island/Powell River/Gulf Islands for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

International Coaching Week 2013 will be in May and VI Coaches is inviting participation from our members. If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, it’s not too late. Please contact Annette Siewertsen, Vice President and ICW 2013 lead, for more details. Last year’s ICW was such a success and we hope to build on that with this year’s theme of “Bridging Communities”.

VI Coaches Announces Community Outreach Program in the Making

One of our goals at VI Coaches this year is to support a non-profit organzation on Vancouver Island to bring coaching to individuals and organizations who may not be able to afford it, yet value the impact of professional coaching. Sherry LeBlanc, Past President, has been in conversation with Bridges for Women to bring coaches and coaching to complement their new Self-Employment Program (SEP).

The Bridges SEP is a program funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation with the goal of creating an entrepreneurial training program that meets the needs of women who have been impacted by trauma, abuse, and violence. Their aim is to improve the livelihood of individual women by providing opportunities to gain economic self-sufficiency through self-employment and small business start-up.

We are very excited to have this opportunity and look forward to sharing coach volunteer opportinites to our chapter members. Details of our outreach program are just being finalized, so stay tuned for details on how members can be involved.