Thanks ICF-VI Coaches!


Thanks ICF-VI Coaches!

Bouquets to our ICF Vancouver Island Coaches for Creating a Successful ICW 2020!

ICF Vancouver Island coaches, you really stepped up, and your board is eternally grateful!

#ExperienceCoaching during International Coaching Week (ICW) can be considered a huge success. Over 40 coaches volunteered to provide pro bono coaching sessions to almost 60 individuals. Many of these individuals expressed how they couldn’t believe their good fortune in being offered this opportunity.

In light of the current reality, this couldn’t have happened at a better time. Many coachees will undoubtedly share information about their coaching experience. What a fantastic way to spread the word about the benefits of coaching to individuals and organizations in our Chapter’s communities. There is nothing better than a first hand experience and we have all of you ICW volunteer coaches to thank for that! Hopefully we will all be able to meet in person soon to celebrate.

The ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors look forward to more fabulous collaborations with you all in the future.



Eva Van Krugel
Co-Chair ICW 2020 Committee
Director of Community Relations-South Island

ICW Communication Kit for ICF Members to Promote Your Own Pro Bono Coaching During ICW

What this is:

Communications kit for ICF members to promote your support of International Coaching Week from May 4-10, 2020 through pro bono coaching. This is an amazing time to profile your unique offering during times of complexity, uncertainty and change. You can demonstrate the significant impact of what you offer in your community through social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Materials included:

  1. Promotional messaging
  2. A link to the local chapter website for more information
  3. Photos for your social media posts.

1. Promotional social media messaging for coaches:

Here are sample messages that you can use to promote your pro bono coaching offering. We’re thrilled for your participation in support of ICW and community in this way!


Experience #probonocoaching with me during #InternationalCoachingWeek! DM me to book a time May 4-10, 2020! 

Facebook and LinkedIn:

Want to experience coaching at no charge? Need support during change? During #InternationalCoachingWeek May 4-10, 2020, I will be offering #probonocoaching so you can understand and benefit from the impact of professional coaching. To coordinate a time, DM or email me at (COACH CONTACT DETAILS) to secure your spot!

Blog or Permission-based Email Regarding ICF-VI Event:


Needing support during complex times? Want to experience coaching at no charge on Vancouver Island?

Now is your chance and we have seats open for you! During #InternationalCoachingWeek May 4-10, 2020, you can benefit from #probonocoaching so you can understand the powerful impact of professional coaching on a topic of your choosing.

#ExperienceCoaching pro bono event May 5, 2020 in Victoria, BC from 12 noon to 3pm is a virtual event requiring pre-registration during which you will connect with a professional ICF accredited coach for a session over the phone or video – whichever you prefer! Availability is on a first come, first serve basis, so register soon! This will be your opportunity to get clear on a goal, move from inaction on a situation into action, bring focused clarity to a decision, or perhaps identify your blind-spots on an issue or opportunity. To register: 

When you register, you will receive a brief set of questions to help you prepare for your #ExperienceCoaching session.

Find out for yourself why people who receive coaching report improved productivity, confidence, focus and so much more in their work and lives, especially in these times of increasing complexity. #ExperienceCoaching!

Questions? Write Eva Van Krugel, Community Relations, South Vancouver Island, Vancouver Island Chapter, International Coach Federation.

2. Promotional Links (Website, Events page, Registration Page

ICW 2020 on Website Blog:

Registration page for Coachees to Sign Up to ICF-VI’s ICW #Experience Coaching virtual event:

ICW 2020 Event Link:

3. Photos for social media posts:

Here is a collection of ICW 2020-branded images you can choose from and use in your social media posts.





Experience Coaching May 5th During International Coaching Week: Events and How to Be Involved

About International Coaching Week

International Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual weeklong global celebration of the power of coaching. ICW 2020 is scheduled for May 4–10th. During ICW, ICF Members from around the world celebrate the positively impact of coaching for individuals, organizations, communities and the world.

International Coaching Week 2020:

We are excited to share the power of coaching with our Vancouver Island communities during ICW May 4–10, 2020! In these times of increasing complexity some of us are navigating uncertainty and change while others may need support with resilience or possibly something different. During ICW, your Vancouver Island Coaches Association have organized a virtual pro bono event for coaches and coachees in support of local communities and what we are all navigating together.

Vancouver Island #ExperienceCoaching Virtual Event May 5th 12-3pm.

#Experience Coaching will enable communities to experience the impact of coaching at no cost as well as grow awareness of local ICF accredited coach offerings across Vancouver Island.  We have an amazing group of professional ICF coaches lined up to offer 45 minutes pro bono coaching sessions during this time.

Update as at April 29, 2020: We’ve had tremendous engagement with this event and all the coaching spaces have been scheduled. Registration is now closed. 

One of the volunteer coaches will contact you directly to arrange a preferred platform (e.g. phone, Zoom video, Skype) for your session time. You will be asked to answer a few preparatory questions in advance of your session to help with preparedness and maximize the value of the session with your coach.

We hope that everyone comes out to participate in this exciting event to tap into and experience the power of coaching! #ExperienceCoaching

Registration is now Closed – we thank you for your interest.

Information For Coaches & How To Get Involved with ICW 2020 Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island #ExperienceCoaching Virtual Event

We still need volunteer coaches the #ExperienceCoaching pro bono coaching event May 5th from 12-3pm.

Coachees will pre-register for their preferred session time and will provide contact information so you can connect directly on logistics and to ensure pre-session discovery questions are completed. Pre-session information and questions are intended to help the coachee understand what coaching is and isn’t and to reflect on the focus for the session of their choosing.

Please contact Eva Van Krugel, Community Relations Director, South Island before April 20, 2020 for more information and to get involved.

President’s Message: Special Chapter Message Regarding Covid-19

Dear Chapter Members,

Events related to Covid-19 have shifted things for each of us over the past few weeks in a myriad of unexpected ways. We want everyone to know that we are here to support you in these challenging and unprecedented times and have implemented some changes in the way we reach out so that we can help maintain our connections and learning together.

All events have been adjusted and will be held virtually until September at the earliest with a focus around bringing the community together to connect and offer peer support. 

Here are a couple of upcoming events:

To start this off we are holding the second Virtual Wine and Cheese on April 23rd from 6-7:30 pm. Big thanks to Tania Walter-Gardener for being the creator and facilitator behind this idea! These Wine and Cheeses are a great way for our Vancouver Island Chapter to connect across the region. The first event was a real success and we hope to see more of you join us this time!

We also have two upcoming Discussion Forums for you to check out:

The first: Discussion Forum: Marketing Your Coaching Business will be held on Wednesday 20th May from 12-1:30pm. Panelists include Delaney Tosh on Creating your Niche, Emma-Louise Elsey on List Building and Media Plans, and Eva Van Krugel on Direct Marketing to corporates. The format will include discussion and Q&A with the panelists and participants.

The second: Discussion Forum: Business Platforms to Support a Cohesive Coaching Business will take place at a date in June, TBC shortly.

Opportunity to Partner with the Chapter Board of Director to deliver Continuing Coach Education (CCE):

If you have online professional development that offers CCE units and would like to partner with the Board to offer this to our membership at not cost please contact Director of Events. You can visit the ICF Global website to learn how you can apply to have your training program accredited for CCE units.

Similarly, if you have other non-CCEU programs and offers that you’d like to share with the membership please go ahead and post to the LinkedIn Vancouver Island Coaches Association Members’ Group. This group is another way for members to connect and interact with each other directly to build community. Feel free to pose questions and create dialogue as well as share any relevant coaching related content with the group. Reminder to turn on your notification settings to stay current with what’s happening there!

International Coaching Week is coming up May 4-10th!

ICF Members from around the world will join and celebrate coaching’s power to positively impact individuals, organizations, communities and the world.

Our local Chapter has organized a few virtual events across Vancouver Island including a virtual Experience Coaching pro bono event on May 5th, demo coaching workshops for industry, and social media marketing materials for coaches to support community during ICW. If you are interested in volunteering to offer pro bono coaching during ICW please contact Community Relations. More details to come about that soon! Please refer to this blog post for details of this ICW2020 volunteer opportunity.

How can we support you?

And finally and most importantly, please let us know how we can support you. We are committed to providing our Members with the support and resources you need to care for yourself and meet the needs of your clients during this tumultuous period.

With sincere gratitude for our community of coaches,

Cheryl Joslin
Vancouver Island Coaches Association

Call for Volunteers for International Coaching Week

As you know, International Coaching Week is coming up on May 4-10, 2020.  ICW is a week-long worldwide celebration of coaches and the coaching profession. Join in and help increase the visibility, understanding and impact of coaching.

We need your help in Victoria, BC to contribute to what will be a highly impactful #experiencecoaching event in our community during a time when our community needs support. This event will be conducted virtually versus in person in light of world events.

We are inviting Chapter member coaches to volunteer for a core event as follows, with a request to confirm your interest by April 15, 2020 please.

#ExperienceCoaching is a pro bono coaching event May 5, 2020 hosted in Victoria, BC from 12 noon to 3pm. We’re looking for volunteer coaches. We are currently looking at a registration platform enabling coachees to pre-register in available time slots. Slots will be determined by how many volunteer coaches we have.

Participation in this event is a great opportunity for Chapter members to broaden your reach and increase awareness of the profession of coaching while providing much needed support in our Vancouver Island communities. Join your colleagues in co-creating a meaningful ICW in Victoria!

How to get involved:

Please contact Eva Van Krugel, Community Relations Director, South Island for more information and to get involved.

With appreciation for our amazing community!

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“.

Click Here For Details & Registration

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.

Click Here For Details & Registration

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”