It’s International Coaching Week #ExperienceCoaching

It’s International Coaching Week!

International Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual weeklong global celebration of the coaching profession. ICW 2019 is scheduled for April 29–May 5, 2019.

ICW is intended to educate the public about the value of working with a professional coach and to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.

During this week, coaches around the world offer a variety of activities and pro bono services in their local communities to enable others to Experience Coaching and its benefits firsthand.

This year, the ICF – Vancouver Island Chapter has planned several events – workshops and webinars –  for both the coaching community and the public as part of our #ExperienceCoaching dedication to the communities that we serve.

International Coaching Week 2019: Public Events

ICF – Vancouver Island Chapter is excited to host several events  – both workshops and webinars – enabling individuals and organizations to Experience Coaching during International Coaching Week 2019 (April 29–May 5).  Workshops and webinars are open to the public – We hope to see you there!

The Missing Piece in the Coaching Industry – Workshop

Betska K-Burr, Accredited Master Coach (IAPC&M)

Saturday, April 27, 2019
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

BDO Canada LLP – Victoria, BC

Re-Visit! Re-Vision! Re-Boot your coaching practice! Join us to discover this innovation in coaching that will dramatically improve your Client’s results. You will learn and practice award-winning tools to greatly enhance your coaching practice and achieve huge Client results — up to 900% change in client competency.

Click Here For Details & Registration

A Field Guide to Emotions: A Practical Orientation to 150 Essential Emotions – Webinar

Curtis Watkins & Dan Newby

Monday, April 29, 2019
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Webinar link provided upon registration

ICF Vancouver Island is pleased to present A Field Guide to Emotions as a part of International Coaching Week 2019! The value of emotional literacy is increasingly gaining recognition as a critical area of learning for leaders, educators, coaches, parents, and individuals. In reality, though, there are few dedicated resources available to assist people in growing this essential skill. We are, therefore, delighted to present Dan Newby and Curtis Watkins, who have recently published “The Field Guide to Emotions: A Practical Orientation to 150 Essential Emotions“.

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Neutralize Your Self Doubt, Strengthen Your Efficacy – Workshop For Leaders

Dawn Large

Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

BDO Canada LLP – Victoria, BC

ICF Vancouver Island is pleased to present Neutralize Your Self-Doubt, Strengthen Your Efficacy – Workshop for Leaders as a part of International Coaching Week 2019! Learn and create your personalized way of strengthening your own self-efficacy in this interactive workshop. Hear how high performers strengthen their self-efficacy.
This is a public workshop – everyone is invited.

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And on the Mid-Island…

Beth Page, our Chapter’s Community Relations Director for the Mid-Island, and Tania Walter Gardiner, Chapter member and organizer of the Mid Island Coaches community are working together on several opportunities to advance the profile of professional coaching in the community.

Coaches are invited to participate and can contact Beth Page for details.

Meet Your Neighbours (Duncan Networking Group):  The Power of Professional Coaching

May 1
11:45am – 1:00pm

140 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC

Discover how professional coaching can help you get clarity, identify and align goals, overcome barriers and put inspired ideas into committed action. Tania Walter Gardiner of Integral Connections and Florie Varga of Inspired Woman will discuss the benefits of coaching and demonstrate the technique.

Cost: Just the cost of whatever you choose to purchase for lunch.

Duncan Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn: The Power of Professional Coaching

May 28th
11:30am – 1:00pm

Sands Funeral Chapel
187 Trunk Road, Duncan
(parking and entrance off Ypres St.)

Discover how professional coaching can help you get clarity, identify and align goals, overcome barriers and put inspired ideas into committed action. Tania Walter Gardiner of Integral Connections and Florie Varga of Inspired Woman will discuss the benefits of coaching and demonstrate the technique.

During this Lunch N Learn, they will ask someone to volunteer to be coached on-the-spot for a laser focused coaching session. Is that you?  Would you be interested in being asked powerful solution-focused questions around what you want to create in your business?  If yes, then we encourage you to volunteer on the day!

Free for Chamber members; $5 cash at door for non-members
Must register in advance

International Coaching Week 2019: Information for Coaches

There are a number of participation opportunities for Chapter members during International Coaching Week:

  1. Participate in our chapter’s ICW events.
  2. Post links to the events on your social media. Let’s invite our communities to #ExperienceCoaching!
  3. Become an ICW Sponsor – connect with Mike Atkins, ICW committee chair to find our how.
  4. Volunteer to support an ICW event – connect with Alison Dunatov, Events Director, to find out how.
  5. Join the ICW Committee to help kick-start the planning for ICW 2020!

International Coaching Week – Overview of membership benefits and resources

Come join us during International Coaching Week to hear more about the benefits of ICF membership, the fabulous resources available to you and how to find them on the ICF Global Website.

This webinar on Tuesday, May 16th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm will be offered through Zoom and the link will be provided to registered attendees closer to the event.

Our Presenter – April Summerford  

As a Regional Development Advocate with the International Coach Federation, April engages strategically with ICF Chapters and regional groups. Through constant connection with volunteer leadership she helps to identify solutions to regional challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth and development in the regions within North America. April holds a BA in Psychology, a MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, along with an ACC credential with the ICF.

You can register here.

Postcards from Poland – Nanaimo, Victoria & Virtual Events

Come join us during International Coaching Week to hear from our President, Tracy Houser, who will share updates, insights, best practices and trends from the recent ICF Global Leaders Forum in Warsaw, Poland as well as time for catching up with your coaching colleagues.

You have two opportunities to meet with Tracy on Vancouver Island:

  • Monday, May 15th – 6:00-7:30pm
  • The Grand Hotel, 4898 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, BC
  • Light appetizers, coffee/tea and a no-host bar.
  • Please register by May 12th


  • Thursday, May 18th – 6:30-8:00pm
  • The Promontory- Amenities Room (1st floor – 83 Saghalle Road in Victoria West) (we will have signs)
  • Light appetizers and coffee/tea.
  • Parking available on the street (free after 6)
  • Please register by May 15th.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these fabulous events.

If you are not able to attend in person to either of these events, there is a third opportunity to connect with Tracy.

  • Wednesday, May 24th – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Webinar via Zoom
  • Please register by May 18th. 

Kicking off ICW Week…Island Style!

We are excited to offer MANY different ways for people to experience International Coaching Week!
ICW 2016, is taking place May 16-22nd as a week-long worldwide celebration of coaching and the coaching profession. Join in and help increase the visibility, understanding and impact of coaching!

Join the Kick Off With Purpose!
Monday, May 16th from 6:00-8:00p.m.
International Coaching Week starts out with a wine + cheese social filled with purpose. This gathering will accept donations to support those impacted by the devastating Fort McMurray fires. Come out to the Victoria Executive Centre to mix & mingle with your coaching colleagues and help us kick off with purpose by inviting your clients, your business associates and your best friends! Fellow coach, Ian Chisholm of Roy Group, will help us embark with an inspiring presentation that is sure to leave us all a little lighter and with a deeper sense of community. . Read about the associations we are inviting, donate or register here.

Experience Ethics in Coaching
Wednesday, May 18th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ethics is a HUGE topic globally in the ICF and we can now join in on this discussion with this free webinar, Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions”. Read more here and sign up for this robust conversation.Your facilitator is Lily Seto, PCC and Past President of the Chapter.

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International Coaching Week May 18-24, 2015


Calling all Coaches!! Get involved! International Coaching Week is Coming

May 18 – 24th, 2015!


International Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual week-long global celebration of the coaching profession. It’s our chapter’s coaches who make ICW successful here across Vancouver Island. Help spread the word about coaching, by getting involved!

This year’s celebration of coaching is extra special, as it also marks the International Coach Federation’s 20th Anniversary.

Let’s make this year’s celebration extra special. The chapter is looking to you to volunteer a little time to organize events in your communities across the island, with a focus on:

  1. Planning and participating in learning events in our island communities and digitally, that will inspire you and provide CCEU credits, and
  2. Setting up promotional events connecting coaches to niche markets in our communities!

Learning Events:

A number of local coaching learning event topics (CCEU credits pending), offered during the week are already in planning stages. See our Chapter’s events page for more information. Topics include:

  • May 19: The secret to goal setting (webinar) (NOTE: date change from May 18th originally) In this one hour webinar, business Coach Inga Michaelsen will share with you the most common mistakes we make when setting our goals, and how to avoid these potential pitfalls. Inga will also speak to the importance of setting the “right” goals – the ones that are in alignment with your deepest values and most authentic desires. Once you are clear on these, working with goals will bring more focus, fun, inspiration, momentum and success to your business and life. This webinar is worth 1 CCEU.
  • May 19: Branding your coaching business (webinar)Branding Your Coaching Business is a 90-minute interactive webinar with author and business coach Mike Iamele. Over the course of the session, you will learn a highly effective and radically different approach to communicating and marketing your business. Developed from years in public relations, Mike’s A-C-M branding system will teach you who your audience is, how to find them, how to differentiate yourself in your industry, and how to keep a consistent branding across everything you do.  This webinar will help you look at branding in a whole new (and more fun) light. This presentation is worth 1.5 CCEUs (resource).
  • May 20: Sales can be a breeze: Mastering the core competencies to increase sales (webinar)Join Coach Carla Reeves for this 60-minute webinar and you’ll learn:
    • Why coaches struggle to sell coaching – there are 6 key problems.
    • How to overcome these 6 problems – one at a time.
    • How to leverage the Core Competencies to master sales.
    • How to equip yourself to have easy sales conversations.
    • How to demonstrate value and easily justify your price.
    • How to increase your sales confidence.

    This webinar is worth 1 CCEU (core competency).

As part of the 20th Anniversary of ICF, ICF Western Regional Chapters in British Columbia, Alberta and south of the border in Washington, Oregon and California have also joined together to collaborate on regionally-offered digital or web-based events. Stay tuned for more events we can all connect to, learn from and celebrate across Western North America.
Promotional Events – Engagement and Promotional Opportunities!

As part of promoting ICW on May 18-24, we are looking for coaches inspired to:

  • Network, promote coaching and provide coaching demonstrations to people working or interested in your coaching niches, in your own communities. Let us know what niche(s) you work in and the people/organizations you would connect to and we’ll add your volunteer demos to the ICW Events Calendar!

Get involved!
Contact Robin Swets with your ideas, interest in participating or questions, at 250-217-8855, or email to with the message “I’m interested”

ICW A Week of Connection and Inspiration

Thanks to everyone involved for making International Coaching Week a great week of learning, connection and inspiration.  There were over 40 attendees at the various events from Victoria and beyond. We were thrilled to attract community members who are keen to get into the coaching profession!

I personally had the opportunity to sit in on a couple of sessions.  The Wholehearted Resilient Coach facilitated by Laurie Hillis was a powerful and insightful morning session.  Laurie’s engaging and authentic presence invited all of us to open up and explore some key concepts around bringing more of ourselves to our work.

Something I continue to go back to is the idea of the arena … picture Russell Crowe entering the arena in Gladiator but put yourself in his shoes facing any situation that involves risk and courage.  The people in the cheap seats are those who take shots at us without ever having entered the arena themselves. Brene Brown calls these folks “twitter thugs” and as she in fact did tweet,” If you’re not in the arena getting your butt kicked too, I’m not interested in your feedback.” Touche. I have spent way too much time listening to people who have never put themselves out there!

I also participated in Diane Lloyd’s webinar, 4 Key Ingredients to a Sustainable Coaching Business, and was equally inspired and energized.  Diane suggested there are 4 relationships we need to nurture in order to grow our business sustainably – relationship to self, business, prospects and clients.

Diane started with the powerful message of “clear intention vs perfect action” which was a wonderful connection back to Brene Brown’s work. As a recovering perfectionist, I loved this idea and will use it as my mantra going into some of my own “arena” work.  I was struck by the idea of efforting … that is what part of my business takes up a lot of “effort” but doesn’t necessarily provide ease or flow.  Getting rid of these efforting parts of our business frees us up to build the business we really DO want.

I also loved her idea of know your story and share it. I was encouraged by this to put more of “me” into our business website.  Diane also provided a ton of suggestions for how to automate your businesss … highlighting several online tools that allow coaches to free up their time to do what they love most – coach!

Thanks again to all of our other presenters – Carolyn Crow, Tracey Gibson, Jennifer Britton, Francois Viquesnel and the Co-Active Coaching Community – and the participants who made it all happen! Unfortunately, we did have to cancel a couple of sessions due to low numbers but I appreciate the time and energy that these presenters put it up front.

Tammy Dewar

VP Vancouver Island Coaches

International Coaching Week – Call for Proposals

The Vancouver Island Coaches Association is pleased to present “The Sustainability of Coaching” as our International Coaching Week (ICW) theme for May 20-23, 2014. The focus will be on looking after ourselves, our business, our clients, and our community. This is an opportunity to showcase the difference coaching has and can make in our communities.

We are inviting proposals to participate in the virtual conference aspect of the week. The deadline for proposals to participate in this week is Friday, February 28. Please consider putting in a proposal and passing this on to others who might be interested.

Proposal Form

The intention of International Coaching Week is to:

  1. Promote, demonstrate, and market coaching to the public;
  2. Spotlight what coaches are doing in the community;
  3. Provide continuing coach education (CCE) opportunities for coaches.

We are also considering a half day face to face session during that week and would like to bring in a high interest speaker. Any ideas for speakers please get in touch with Tammy Dewar

Similarly we would like to engage coaches in giving back to the community during this week. Again, any ideas you might have please get in touch with Tammy at

We are looking forward to an exciting week and welcome your ideas for how to make it great!

Tammy Dewar

Vice President, VI Coaches Association