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Autumn 2019 Chapter Events – Don’t Miss Out!

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

Click the Event title for details and registration

Sept 9th: Conversation on Ethics in our Profession – Part 4 of 5

Webinar: The purpose of the series is to support coaches’ development of ethical awareness (maturity), and to introduce and engage the powerful tools of reflective practice. The series is based on the book, Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions, by Michael Carroll & Elisabeth Shaw (2012).

Sept 14th: The Energy Codes – The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body and Live Your Best Life

Workshop: Join Marlena Field on Salt Spring Island for this experiential  workshop that will explore alternative ways to uncover deeper reasons for being stuck and practical techniques for releasing old patterns.

Sept 26th:  Coaching Social in Victoria

Meet Up: Join your coaching colleagues at the Bard and Banker for an informal coaches meet up. This event is designed to bring coaches (members and non-members) together to connect in robust, meaningful conversations about coaching in a relaxed atmosphere.

Oct 21st: Coaching Social in Nanaimo

Meet Up: Join your coaching colleagues at the Boston Pizza in Nanaimo for an informal coaches meet up. This event is designed to bring coaches (members and non-members) together to connect in robust, meaningful conversations about coaching in a relaxed atmosphere.

Oct 26th:  Reimagining Mentorship in our Coaching Community – Victoria

Workshop:  Join ICF Vancouver Island Past Presidents Sarah Evans and Tracy Houser in Victoria for a thoughtful exploration, group discussions, theory bursts, creative visuals, personal journalling, a curiosity wall, reflection and ultimately the development of a Personal Mentor Map for 2020.

Oct 29th:  North Island Coaching Social in Courtenay

Meet Up: Join your coaching colleagues at the Bayside Cafe in Courtenay for an informal coaches meet up. This event is designed to bring coaches (members and non-members) together to connect in robust, meaningful conversations about coaching in a relaxed atmosphere.

Nov 2nd:  Reimagining Mentorship in our Coaching Community – Nanaimo

Workshop:  Join ICF Vancouver Island Past Presidents Sarah Evans and Tracy Houser in Nanaimo for a thoughtful exploration, group discussions, theory bursts, creative visuals, personal journalling, a curiosity wall, reflection and ultimately the development of a Personal Mentor Map for 2020. 3 CCEUs – resource development.

Nov 12th:  Conversations on Ethics in our Profession – Part 5 of 5

Webinar: Join coaches Lily Seto, Mary Prefontaine and Janet Sheppard in a conversation on ethics in our coaching profession. The purpose of the series is to support coaches’ development of ethical awareness (maturity), and to introduce and engage the powerful tools of reflective practice. As in previous webinars, we will begin with a case study. 1 CCEU-core competency.

SAVE THAT DATE!

October/November:  Stay tuned for your opportunity to volunteer on your Chapter’s Board of Directors or visit the Chapter’s Volunteer webpage for information

Dec 7th: Save this date for the AGM and December Celebration and watch your inbox for the official notice, invitation and details.

 

 

So Much To Celebrate! Don’t Miss Out!

It’s been a very busy and dynamic year so far for our Chapter and we have a lot to celebrate and to share with our membership community.

Membership:

We now have 143 members and are steadily growing! In celebrating this we recognize that we are maintaining an active, engaged and diverse chapter on Vancouver Island and would like to extend thanks to the Membership Committee for all of their energy to make this happen and to each of you for your dedication and commitment! ICF Global also recognizes this achievement and has given us a $2000 rebate. These funds go a long way towards the successful operation of our chapter.

Chapter Member Receives Award!

One of our long standing Chapter members, Betska K-Burr of Coaching and Leadership International Inc, was just honoured with the 2019 CEO Today Management Consulting Award of Top 100 Management Consultants of the World.

Congratulations Betska!

 

Meet One of our Newest Members: Rob Regner

Rob brings over 20 years of global business experience in senior management within the energy and forestry sectors. Leveraging his diverse background in business development, sales and marketing and operations covering six continents in both small businesses and large multinational corporations, Rob strongly believes in the power of people and maintains a relentless passion for the development of people and high performing teams. He now lives with his wife and two teenage children in Lantzville where he works with a major forestry company.

ICF Global Survey:

We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to the efforts of our chapter, we have achieved the goal of 100 completed surveys for the 2019 ICF Global Coaching Survey. This means that we’ll have access to a locally specific data deck when the survey results are published next year. Thank you for all that you’ve done to help us reach this goal!

However, we’re not done yet. The more data that we collect, the more robust and credible our results will be. That’s why I encourage you to take the following steps:

  1. If you haven’t already completed the survey, please do so today at www.coachingsurvey2019.com.
  2. Email the survey link to coaches, managers and leaders in your network and encourage them to complete the survey if they haven’t already.
  3. Share the survey link on social media. Don’t forget to mention that the survey is open to coaches and managers/leaders who use coaching skills, regardless of ICF Membership status!

Thank you for all that you do, every day, to help raise the profile of coaching and ICF in our community!

WBECS 2019 – Exciting News!

It was so great to see the level of engagement from our chapter for the WBECS Pre-Summit and hope everyone who signed up received value from the sessions they attended.

Since we had such great enrolment from the Vancouver Island Chapter we have been awarded 2 FREE EXECUTIVE SPEED LEARNER PASSES TO THE FULL-SUMMIT PLUS ACCESS TO ONE WBECS PROGRAM BY WBECS 2019!

For a chance to win these fantastic prizes, head on over to our LinkedIn Members Group Page (Our Chapter’s Private Forum) and tell us which Pre-Summit session was your favourite and your name will be entered into a draw!

And that’s not all! We have also been awarded the chance to HOST A ROUND TABLE SESSION DURING THE FULL SUMMIT. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact us for more information.

Be A Thought Leader! Publish An Article!

Be a Thought Leader!

Highlight your expertise while helping to advance the profile of professional coaching and our Chapter in our community.

The VI Coaches website has several blank webpages just waiting for content from our Chapter Members. Our intention with these pages is to support our members in their marketing efforts by publishing their articles under specific categories:

  1. Tools for Your Life
  2. Tools for Internal Coaching
  3. Tools for Your Career
  4. Tools for Business
  5. Organizational Coaching
  6. Tools for Leaders
  7. Tools for the Organization
  8. Tools for Coaches

Articles are being marketed via our website, our eNews, our various social media (twitter and LinkedIn) and to our professional alliances and target audience.  Our audience is quite large, it’s growing monthly and it includes your target market.

Members, do you have articles you would like us to publish on this website? Have you always wanted to write an article, but haven’t yet? This is your opportunity!

Submit your article to our Director of Communications.

Submission Guidelines

  • Articles should be informative on the subject matter, offering tips, or summarizing research.
  • Avoid any sales pitches – this will be edited out.
  • Articles should respect confidentiality, copyright laws and honour the ICF Codes of Ethics.
  • Aim for 300-2000 words.
  • You may repurpose an article you’ve already posted to your own website – just include a note in your byline “article also appears….”, but please do not submit an article you’ve already published in another publication.
  • Provide a ~25 word byline along with your website URL.
  • Provide your head-shot (optional, but preferred).
  • If you have a banner image you would like to include, please include this, as well (respecting copyright, of course).
  • VI Coaches reserves the right to edit content or to not publish articles.

The Hidden Benefits of Your ICF Global Membership

Support and Connection

Communities of Practice are, in my opinion, a well-kept secret of the ICF Global website, and a benefit of membership that I’d love to know how many local members take advantage of.

The term “Communities of Practice”, meaning “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”, comes from the work of Etienne Wenger, a consultant and researcher who studies and consults with organizations and professionals as learners.  Wenger actually started out researching apprentices, to understand how they become more expert.

As professional coaches we are expected to be lifelong learners, to be upgrading our qualifications and deepening our knowledge of what promotes learning, growth, and change in our clients. There are many things, though, that are unique to the context of our individual and organizational clients that we need to be able to work with in informed and ethical ways.

In this brief article, I’d love to pique your interest, and invite you to check out the Communities of Practice currently available to you, including webinars taught by subject matter experts, and providing CCEU’s, all at no additional cost to your ICF Global membership.

Currently there are ten unique Communities of Practice for you to explore and join:

  • Team and Work Coaching CoP
  •  Life Vision and Enhancement Coaching CoP
  • Internal Coaching CoP
  • Health and Wellness CoP
  • Government Coaching CoP
  •  Executive and Leadership CoP
  •  Ethics CoP
  •  Coaching Science CoP
  •  Coaching and Human Capital CoP
  •  Career Coaching CoP

Please check these out and sign up for one of their webinars. To truly take advantage of your membership, explore the website and find out what other hidden benefits await. I’d love to hear your feedback and am happy to pass on our member experience to the relevant stakeholders at ICF.

Click here to access the ICF CoP webpage.

Further reading on Etienne Wenger’s concept of Communities of Practice.

~ Janet Sheppard, Director Community Relations (Mid)

Announcing: New Chapter Sponsor

Well Priced Business Insurance for ICF Vancouver Island Chapter Members

Following up on a lead from the ICF Vancouver Chapter we have successfully established an agreement with a new Chapter Sponsor. Our new Chapter Sponsor, TruShield Insurance, is able to provide Members with economical Insurance Policies for General Liability as well as Professional Liability (Errors & Omissions). All Chapter Members will qualify for the preferred rates from TruShield. Sponsorship funds will be used to offset the cost of events for our Members (this includes a current year focus on maintaining a low ticket price for our 2018 AGM).

Quotations are available now from TruShield at 1-844-863-3522. The TruShield contact information will be posted on our Chapter website.

When you contact them for a quote, 1-844-863-3522, please let them know that you are a Member in good standing of the ICF Vancouver Island Chapter.

Next Steps: To optimize the quote speed and policy pricing we need to supply the underwriters with some aggregate data about our chapter membership. With this in mind please watch your inbox for a brief but important survey coming from the BOD in September.

Please watch for additional updates.

~ John Burr, Treasurer 

Marketing Our Membership With Thought Leader Articles

Be a Thought Leader! 

Help us advance the profile of professional coaching and our Chapter in our community while highlighting your expertise.

The VI Coaches website has several blank webpages just waiting for content from our Chapter Members. Our intention with these pages is to support our members in their marketing efforts by publishing their articles under specific categories: Life Coaching, Internal Coaching, Career Coaching, Business Coaching, Organizational Coaching, Leadership Coaching. Articles will be marketed via our website, our eNews, and to our professional alliances and target audience.

Members, do you have articles you would like us to publish on this website? Always wanted to write an article, but haven’t yet? This is your opportunity!

Submit your article to our Director of Communications.

  • Articles should be informative on the subject matter, offering tips, summarizing research.
  • Avoid any sales pitches – this will be edited out.
  • Articles should respect confidentiality, copyright laws and honour the ICF Codes of Ethics.
  • Aim for 300-2000 words.
  • Provide a 25 word byline along with your website URL.
  • Provide your head-shot (optional, but preferred).
  • VI Coaches reserves the right to edit content or to not publish articles.

Coaches – how will you choose to engage this year?

Dear colleagues;

How do you derive benefits from your ICF membership? What value does it offer you? How will you choose to engage this year???

I’ve been thinking a lot about my membership with ICF and what value I derive from it. I have learned that the more I get involved, the more value my membership has for me.

Here are just some of the ways I have chosen to engage as a means to derive value from my ICF membership:

I have the benefit of participating with ICF global peer coaching .

This year I have been coached by another ICF coach from Britain, and I have coached someone in Ireland. As a direct result I am heading to Ireland next week to meet up with five different coaches…the butterfly effect in action!

  • I have benefited by demonstrating and enhancing my leadership competencies.

Being involved at the Leadership Team offers me a keen perspective of how important it is to me to be connected in a larger way. Little did I know that when I set my goal two years ago to become more active in ICF, that it meant taking on a leadership role.

  • I have the benefit of using ICF Global and other Chapter resources in order to become a masterful coach.

I am able to remain current with emerging trends such as neuroscience in coaching, diversity in coaching, and coaching supervision.

  • I have the benefit of direct access to members and leadership teams across the world.

I have been able to find answers to questions from our Leadership Team and Chapter Members. The leadership team also has great and direct access to support through our Regional Manager at ICF Global.

  • I have the benefit of registering with the ICF Mentor Coach Registry.

This year I did register in the Mentor Coach registry.

  • I am able to attend other chapters events for CCEUs via webinar, or in person if I am in the area…this affords me a larger variety of choices.

I have taken advantage of this on numerous occasions. We also have others from around the world who are able to access our events for revenue generation and diversity of offerings.

  • I have the benefit of participating in ICF global panels and initiatives thereby broadening my reach and reputation.

I was fortunate to be invited to participate in the job analysis panel and the Global Leaders forum and have added to my contacts around the world.

  • AND that reminds me……..I still need to register for our local Chapter coach registry!!

As our Chapter engages with the Business Community and reaches out externally through social media and our Chapter website, I will increase my reach and ability to solicit the right clients for me.

I am also appreciating how ICF Global is branding itself and stepping up and aspiring to be the coach association of choice across the world. I can only imagine how challenging this goal is, being one voice for such a diverse population! I have noticed how coaching and coach development is different in the various parts of the world.

Locally, our incredibly engaged and active leadership team is shifting the kinds of events we offer, the times we offer them, and the locations we offer them in. We heard that our members want opportunities to network with each other, with local businesses and with events on the Gulf Islands and up island. So we hear you and we will be offering an event on Salt Spring Island, and at least two events up island this year.

We are also building in time before or after our sessions to allow some time for coaches to informally network with each other.  Shyrl Kennedy, our Community Relations Director and her team, is also hard at work identifying business associations that we can partner with or present at, to heighten the awareness of coaching into our local businesses.

 

Here are some events that you might want to consider:

events http://vicoaches.org/events/

An event with the business community in Nanaimo – stay tuned for more information

A repeat of our successful Coaches Salon on June 6 in Nanaimo for up island coaches…although all Chapter members are welcome!! This event is free for members.

Coaching Supervision Forum – July 4/5 – participants and speakers from London, US, Singapore, and Canada. For more information and to register: Forum on Coaching

Business Development series using a group coaching approach coming this fall

An event on Salt Spring Island September 26 – combine this event with a visit to the Salt Spring Island Saturday morning market.

These are just a few of the exciting and ambitious initiatives that our Leadership team is planning. There are also “behind the scenes” work happening around Chapter handbooks, job descriptions, and all those exciting governance pieces…so if you find these interesting, we want to engage you!

If you are interested in volunteering or hearing more, please attend the June 6 event in Nanaimo (some of us are also planning to stay over at a spa if anyone is interested) or drop us a line. We would love to chat with you about what is happening and how you can become more involved!

And more importantly, we are seeking a Director of Events. If anyone is interested in stepping this position to the end of the year, please let myself or Annette Siewertsen know. We would be happy to let you know what the duties involve.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and I look forward to meeting you at one of our events…

 

Lily Seto, President, ICF Vancouver Island Chapter

 

 

 

Marketing our Chapter Members

Help us advance the profile of professional coaching and our Chapter in our community while highlighting your expertise.

The VI Coaches website has several blank webpages just waiting for content from our Chapter Members. Our intention with these pages is to support our members in their marketing efforts by publishing their articles under specific categories: Life Coaching, Internal Coaching, Career Coaching, Business Coaching, Organizational Coaching, Leadership Coaching. Articles will be marketed via our website, our eNews, and to our professional alliances and target audience.

Members, do you have articles you would like us to publish on this website? Always wanted to write an article, but haven’t yet? This is your opportunity!

Submit your article to our Director of Communications.

  • Articles should be informative on the subject matter, offering tips, summarizing research.
  • Avoid any sales pitches – this will be edited out.
  • Articles should respect confidentiality, copyright laws and honour the ICF Codes of Ethics.
  • Aim for 300-2000 words.
  • Provide a 25 word byline along with your website URL.
  • Provide your head-shot (optional, but preferred).
  • VI Coaches reserves the right to edit content or to not publish articles.