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President’s Message: Engaging for Transformation

Last week’s International Coaching Week (ICW) was a great success.

Thank you to all of the Vancouver Island coaches who volunteered to coach new clients and to the ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors who pulled together to help make this event a success. Many of the coachees who participated in ICW had never experienced coaching before and this event is a great way to promote the profession and our coaches in our communities and organizations. I received feedback from coaches that participated that it was an amazing experience.

On April 17, ICF Vancouver Island hosted Alan Seale for a wonderful Transformational Presence workshop. Alan guided the group through several powerful exercises including the 4 Levels of Engagement, Pushing Against or Partnering With, and the Deep Simple. If you missed it or want to revisit some of the learning, a link to a recording of the workshop is being sent to all members via the Spring 2021 edition of the newsletter, so be sure to watch your inboxes.

Our Communications Director, Annette Siewertsen and the Website Committee (Delaney Tosh and Sherry LeBlanc) have been busy building our new website. This is amazing news! The Committee is bringing our Chapter’s online presence into alignment with ICF Global’s updated branding.  With the ICF branding guide and the Chapter’s survey results in hand, the committee has finalized the navigation structure, fine-tuned a design direction and has most of the website built.  As the work progresses, the committee will be developing a new and improved Find a Coach member directory that will bring ease and access to our members in creating their profile and provide a good platform for marketing our Chapter members.

You may have noticed that ICF has announced a new ICF podcast channel that is available here: https://www.icf-events.org/icf-podcasts/
This is a great resource for learning and development brought to you by coaches like yourselves, the incredible talent and expertise of our network of more than 35,000 ICF credentialed coaches worldwide.  It is also another platform to promote your coaching business and share your passion and knowledge about coaching.

 

Kieran

Kieran Harrop
President
ICF Vancouver Island Coaches Association

President’s Message: Visualizing a Tapestry of a Blossoming Garden as Our Theme This Year

The year has taken off with a bang!

ICF Branding Update

ICF has rolled out its bold new branding based on ICF Professional Coaches’ “new emboldened purpose … to empower coaches to achieve their ultimate goal. We have greater focus on helping you grow your clients and your business so that you can go change the world.”
For more information on ICF’s new branding please visit the One-ICF webpage.

Chapter Strategic Planning for 2021

The ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors met in January for a strategic planning and team building session. Our Vice President, Johanna Stiver, led the team in an inspiring Social Presencing Theatre exercise as we organically listening into the emergent future of our community to co-create a theme for the year. We sensed into images of expansiveness, sowing seeds, diversity, a blooming garden, individual selves coming together into a bigger whole, a tapestry of different coloured threads in bright collaboration and playfulness. From there, we distilled the theme into: A Tapestry of a Blossoming Garden.

In our strategic planning, we discussed how to showcase and reveal the wisdom and diversity in our chapter to:

  • benefit our members
  • raise member’s profiles, and
  • to connect, grow and thrive as individuals and as a community.

Meet our Chapter’s 2021 Board of Directors Here.

Winter Events Calendar Fully Booked – Don’t Miss Out:

January’s events included:

  • Well Played: An Experiential Play Workshop for Coaches
  • ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese  – our monthly Chapter social networking and collaboration gathering

Events in February and March will include:

  • ICF-Vancouver Island Virtual Wine & Cheese (February and March)
  • Michael Bungay Stanier: How to Tame Your Advice Monster
  • Mini Habits: Small Tools for Big Success
  • Climate Coaching Alliance: Coaches Looking after Mother Earth – Learning from an Indigenous Worldview
  • Creating Coaching Prosperity

Visit the Chapter’s Event webpage to register for upcoming events.

Connecting and Learning Together Through the Challenges

We are acutely aware that we are working in a uniquely challenging context as Vancouver Island and the world continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19. This year, we will continue to offer virtual training and opportunities for us to connect, as a coaching community, and with potential clients. The Board looks forward to exploring with you what we have learned from the experience of COVID-19 and to hearing your ideas for how it might reshape how we connect, learn, grow and thrive together as coaches and support our clients as we navigate these unprecedented times.

I’m honoured to writing this message to you as the President of ICF Vancouver Island. I put my name forward for this opportunity because I have a deep belief in the value and impact of coaching in our communities. I look forward to serving you and our community in the coming year.

Kieran

Kieran Harrop
President
ICF Vancouver Island Coaches Association

 

President’s Message: Using Our Coaching Hearts to Support Change with Courage

 

#I Can’t Breathe

I have found it challenging to compose a message during such a tumultuous time.

We continue to experience the effects of COVID-19; the public loss of black lives Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor; the history and legacy of systemic racism towards Indigenous Peoples in Canada; as well as the continued perpetuation of systemic inequality.

Our world will be forever changed by the events of this year. The challenge is how to show up in a world that has become more complex than ever.

In March 2019, I attended a Dare to Lead training with Brené Brown. During this training a conversation erupted around diversity and inclusion. Multiple people stood up in the room to express their pain from being excluded. At the time I was not sure what had started it, but it was definitely overwhelming. I understood, #I Can’t Breathe, as I sat and listened to everyone’s pain. After the event I connected with the person who had started the conversation. I remember thinking how brave she was to stand up and communicate her pain in such a public way. It also highlighted the fact that you can never understand someone’s experience unless you are willing to have a conversation with them.

I am making a conscious decision to notice our differences and challenging myself to be more curious about the struggles of others. I am questioning my unconscious biases and blind spots. I am open to having uncomfortable conversations with both my clients and those around me to change the inequality in our community and our world.

We are seeing fears about the future and altered mindsets from isolation. I am asking myself how do I support clients at this time? How do I prepare them for September as we go into what is predicted to be the second wave of COVID-19? How do I assist leaders to find the courage to lead with more heart and to find empathy for their teams? The only antidote to fear is love. To get through these challenges we need braver leaders with the courage to not have all the answers.

I invite you to join me on my journey of exploration and to start a conversation in our community. Chapter members can use the Chapter’s private LinkedIn group to post and comment on what you are experiencing and how we can use our coaching hearts to support the change that is happening in the world.

Here is a link to a test created by Harvard University. This will assess your own unconscious bias.

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

Know you dare well enough to sit in the dark with other – Pema Chödrön

 

Cheryl Joslin
President
Vancouver Island Coaches Association

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: CONNECTING FOR BALANCE AND SUPPORT

A lot has changed in our world since our last newsletter. We are facing many firsts both in our personal lives and in our businesses. It’s becoming clear that the way through this is by cultivating empathy and compassion for ourselves and for others.

Staying balanced so we can stay connected with our clients

As coaches we connect every day to help our clients stay grounded and navigate the world they live in. To be a support through this change we need to also ensure that we stay balanced and are filling up our bucket – taking time to breathe, moving our bodies, mindfully eating and connecting with people to fill us up.

Staying connected with your community for support and inspiration

As a community we are here to support you. If you need to connect for inspiration or support please reach out to us. At this time we are isolated, but alone and lonely are not the same thing. Staying connected is the answer and our community is here to support each other. Visit our Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities to connect.

Sharing your ideas and expertise

For the foreseeable future our connecting will be online and we would love to hear your ideas for making that meaningful. Please also reach out if you have mastery in an area that you would like to share. Some examples might be a virtual book club to inspire learning or a virtual masters café that would help our new coaches spark ideas on how they can support the world. Please contact Directors of Events, Olga and Alison, for thoughts and interest.

“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen.” Brené Brown


Cheryl Joslin

President, Vancouver Island Coaches Association
ICF Vancouver Island Chapter

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
President
Vancouver Island Coaches Association

President’s Message: Thank-you 2019; Welcome 2020!

Welcome everyone to a new year and a new decade!

2019 was a busy year for our chapter and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our Board of Directors and Volunteers who shared their time, talents and energy and all our members who have supported us in our mission to Thrive!!

I would like to thank Mike Atkins, John Burr, Maria Anderson, Kieran Harrop, Alison Dunatov, Lynn Wark, Beth Page, Tamara Wichniewicz, Johanna Stiver, Tracy Houser, Delaney Tosh, Annette Siewertsen, Mary Crowley, Maureen Mitchell, Allan Vonkem, Sheila Leclerc, Tania Walter Gardiner, Florie Vargas, Rob Regner, Tammy Phye, Sharon Kelly, Olga Netchaeva, Eva Van Krugel, Jilly Hyndma and Sue Maitland.

We are sad to say goodbye to Mike, Maria, John and Tracy who have left the board. Our 2020 board is another dynamic, diverse and experienced leadership team. We have some new and some returning Directors and have added a second Director of Events to ensure we are providing the connection and core competencies that you have told us are important to you.  We are always looking for people to support the Directors in their portfolios. If you have time in your schedule please reach out to us and let us know.

On Dec 7th, we presented our annual report at the AGM.   Engagement in the chapter is at an all-time high and we ended the year with 150 active members!

Member education is a core tenet for us.  Over the past year we offered 28 training opportunities through virtual webinars, coach week, and in person events.

The fiscal health of the chapter is strong and we continue to look for opportunities to increase revenue. We have come to the end of our sponsorship with TruShield Insurance due to their inability to meet our members’ needs for coverage and we thank them for their support of our chapter over the past year.  We are developing a new partnership with WBECS and we are excited about the learning opportunities this will provide you as members and rewards to the chapter as a whole.

Cheryl Joslin,
President, Vancouver Island Coaches Association
ICF Vancouver Island Chapter

President’s Message: Gearing Up For Autumn 2019

Hello Members,

We are half way through this year and the Leadership Team is taking time to recharge as we gear up for the autumn.  A lot has been accomplished so far this year!  Tamara, Beth, Lynn and Kieran have worked hard to reach out to you and connect.  This has resulted in a 91% retention of our previous members and an additional eight new members joining our chapter.

John, in his role as Treasurer, has made sure that we are financially strong, and with Alison’s support, we are ensuring we can bring quality and diverse events that support our members in connecting and learning.

Your participation as a chapter with the World Business and Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS) has earned us some rewards that we are excited to pass on to the people who participated in the pre-summit.  Be sure to read your August edition of the Chapter Newsletter for all the details and how you could benefit from this reward. You don’t want to miss out on this!

I want to thank Delaney, communications committee volunteer, for doing such an amazing job coordinating the communications to members about WBECS.

I personally have enjoyed the special connections that all of the board members have made and how we have come together to support each other in supporting the members.  We are looking forward to getting together in the autumn to plan for next year.  Please let us know if you have something, as a chapter member, that you would like to see.

We have several new initiatives for next year for which we are seeking new directors.  Please visit our website to see how you can get involved and join in the fun and connection with the team.

Cheryl Joslin,
President
ICF – Vancouver Island Coaches Association

President’s Message: Update On The Work Your Chapter Volunteers Are Doing For You

President's Message: Wow! 12 Events in 4.5 Months!

Hello Members,

The volunteer board of directors and committees have been working very hard on your behalf to ensure we are living up to our commitment of focusing on ensuring we “THRIVE”.  Everyone is concentrating on supporting you and each other to ensure we are serving you and fulfilling your needs.

Alison, our Events Director, has organized 12 events so far this year!
To help create a successful program this year, Alison has spent time reviewing Eventbrite to ensure everyone is getting the event communications and she has been assessing the best time and dates to have events.

  • We kicked off the year on January 29th with Conversations On Ethics In Our Profession – Series 1 of 6 with Lily Seto, Mary Prefontaine and Janet Sheppard who then facilitated Part 2 of series in March.
  • February 12th there was Part 4 of the Cross Canada Coaching Series – Managing Progress and Accountability with Part 5 concluding in March.
  • February 13 Lynn hosted a North Island Coach Connection.
  • March 4th Beth organized the Mid Island Coaches Social Meet-up in Duncan.
  • March 12th we had the South Island Coaches Social Meeting in Victoria.
  • March 16th Beth Page and Sarah Evans facilitated Resilience for Coaches in Victoria and led the workshop again in Duncan on March 30th.
  • April 13th saw us up in beautiful Maple Bay for a Mid Island Social Barbecue.
  • This past Saturday we had The Missing Piece in the Coaching Industry with Betska K-Burr, The Guru Coach to kick off ICW.
  • Monday, we had The Field Guide to Emotions with Dan Newby and Curtis Watkins.

Visit the Events page on the VI Coaches website  for more upcoming events happening in May. Stay tuned for a special announcement about our Chapter’s partnership with World Business and Executive Coach Summit 2019 (WBECS) and also news about the upcoming visit and presentation from ICF Global’s Sara Smith in June.

Tamara, our Membership Director, has been focused on connecting with as many members as possible by phone, email, surveys and one on on. She is eager to understand your needs and what would have feel engaged as a Chapter member. She has been working hard with Delaney from our communications committee to ensure that everyone is getting our chapter messages.

Mike, Beth, Kieran, Lynn, Tania and Florie have planned a great International Coaching Week to promote coaching into our communities.

John keeps us in check with our finances and Maria is tracking all our needs.

I want to thank Delaney for supporting communications. Without her we would be lost.

I am so blessed and grateful to have such an amazing group of people to work with.

“The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek”
~ Joseph Campbell

Cheryl Joslin,
President
Vancouver Island Coaches Association

President’s Message: Passing the Torch with Heartfelt Thanks

 

A Heartfelt Thank You

To all of our chapter members, the volunteers, our sponsors, the committee members and our board – thank you for another wonderful year of connection, growth and dedication to advancing the coaching profession. As my time as your chapter president draws to a close, I am humbled by the many kind words of thanks that so many of you have taken the time to share.

Vibrant, Engaged Community

Our recent AGM and Holiday Brunch was the perfect opportunity to watch quietly as coaches reconnected, discovered new friends, or rekindled collegial joy in a room full of energy and gratitude.  Not only were there old friends, but also many new faces joined us at Hatley Castle as we learned about the importance of insurance, did a quick trip of our 2018 year in review (activities, events and learning in abundance), and then held our Annual General Meeting.

‘Tis the Season of Wondrous Delight

A last-minute call to the membership brought unexpected delight in the overwhelming response to our request for door prizes. The strength of our community and the size of our hearts shone through with a bundle of extraordinary gifts donated for the special day. And the nomination and election process opened beautiful possibilities for chapter future. I am thrilled to see the continuity of board members (thanks to Cheryl, Mike and John) as well as fresh energy (Kieran, Beth, Daniel, Tamara, Lynn, Alison) join the board for 2019! Not only will there be a full board for the coming year, but no less than 8 additional chapter members have signed up to support the board through volunteering for committee or event work.  No doubt, there are more great things to come!

With gratitude,
Tracy Houser
Outgoing President

President’s Message: Happy November to Our Members

Antici-p-a-a-tion

Here we are moving into the time of fall schedules, a new school year, and of course, curiosity about what we can explore to bring us joy as the days grows shorter.

Connecting with Community

We hope you have found value in the workshops and online learning that we have offered. Whether it is in strengthening your online Linked In profile to attract new clients, examining the Code of Ethics to stay current with the standards, or signing up to join the inspirational coach conversations taking place in person up and down the island, it’s an exciting time for growing our skills. Many of you have expressed your keen desire to remain connected to the coaching community, indeed that is one of the many benefits of an ICF membership. May your exploration of virtual and in-person events bring you much joy.

For the Ravenous Learner in You

We kicked off the Cross-Canada Coaching Webinar Series in late September, with Lily Seto and Mary PreFontaine facilitating a nation-wide workshop on ethics. It was exciting to work in virtual break out groups with colleagues from Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa. Our sister chapters across Canada will take turns hosting online workshops on emerging coaching trends and topics. Don’t forget to check out the full line up of fall events hosted by the Vancouver Island Chapter (see table below).

We also responded to member requests for a workshop designed to assist us with our Linked In profiles – after all, it’s a great way to promote our coaching business! James Amarelo hosted a webinar and walked us through everything from customizing our URL, to developing snappy summaries, and choosing images and information to align our Linked In presence with the brand we showcase on our coaching business websites.

We build our chapter events schedule trying to reach as many members as possible through a mix of online and face to face sessions. With an intentional focus on continuing education credits for coaches, we offer a mix of topics, based on member feedback and speaker availability. If you are interested in either offering or attending something specific, please drop our Events Director, James Amarelo, a note at events@vicoaches.org.

What You’ve Been Waiting For…

And I am thrilled to announce that we have once again been able to book Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University for our Annual General Meeting and Holiday Brunch! This beautiful setting is a perfect place to reconnect with experienced members and welcome new ones over a lovely meal. As a portion of the time is dedicated to our annual general meeting, not only will we review our finances and elect a new board, but we will also celebrate our membership and how we continue, together, to advance the coaching profession (check out the sidebar invite and call for nominations).

Our Upcoming Events

The Chapter website’s Events calendar is updated regularly and is a great place to check in on upcoming events.  To date, we have events taking us into March of 2019!

November 5th:  Inspiring Coaches to Connect in Ladysmith and in Victoria. Connect with your colleagues at these face-to-face social events and enjoy rich conversations with your Chapter community – non-members are encouraged to join us.

November 15th:  Cross Canadian Coaching Series Webinar – Topic: Powerful Questioning.  Presented by the Calgary Chapter’s Jamie Davidoff, PCC.

November 24th:  ICF Vancouver Island Presents: Metaphor Magic in Coaching.  Facilitated by Lily Seto, PCC who will demonstrate the Metaphor Magic Box as a powerful tool for working with clients.

December 8th:  ICF Vancouver Island Chapter’s Annual General Meeting & Holiday Brunch.  Once again we celebrate our year, welcome our new Board of Directors and enjoy a delicious seasonal brunch at the beautiful Hatley Castle.  Watch you inbox for a call for nominations, your AGM package with agenda including slate of nominees and resolutions, and the registration details.

February 12, 2019: Cross Canadian Coaching Series Webinar – Topic: Managing Progress and Accountability. Presented by Toronto Chapter’s Sue Sheldon, MCC.

March 18, 2019:  Cross Canadian Coaching Series Webinar – Topic: Coaching Presence. Presented by Quebec Chapter’s Dr. James Gavin, MCC.

I really hope you mark your calendar and join us!

Warmly,

Tracy


For details and registration for these events visit:
EVENTS CALENDAR


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