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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


Photo credit:  Photo by Char Beck on Unsplash

Looking Ahead As We Plan Chapter Events For Autumn 2018

The Board met in mid-June to reflect on activities, services, celebrations and learnings of the first half of this 2018 term.  And we did some thoughtful planning around how we may serve you for remainder of the year.  In keeping with our 2018 theme of Inspired Connections, we are excited to share some of the ideas we have in development:

September 20: Cross Canadian Coaching Series – Vancouver Island Chapter Webinar – Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards

September 25: ICF Vancouver Island Chapter Webinar – LinkedIn-Aligning Brand with Impressions

October TBD: ICF Vancouver Island Webinar – Effective Networking

October 14: ICF Vancouver Island Chapter Event – Comox – Inspiring Coaches to Connect

October 17: Cross Canadian Coaching Series – Edmonton Chapter Webinar – Creating Awareness

October TBD: Potential Joint Event with ICF Vancouver Island Chapter & Mid-Island Coaches Assoc. – Inspiring Coaches to Connect

November 15: Cross Canadian Coaching Series – Calgary Chapter – Powerful Questioning

November TBD: ICF Vancouver Island Chapter Event – Magic Metaphors Workshop

December 8: ICF Vancouver Island Chapter Event – Annual General Meeting & Brunch

Want to share some feedback? Please drop a note. Or better yet, join the board (we have an opening) and help us make a positive impact.

~Tracy Houser, President

President’s Message: Lazy Days of Summer

Hello Members, I hope summer is treating you well.

With the sunshine, festivals and joy of backyard BBQs, there is a renewal of energy and our connection to community shines in the summer! Whatever community you cherish, I hope that you are revelling in the magic of people, activities and moments of unparalleled wonder.

When I was a child, I couldn’t wait for school to be finished, knowing I would be barefoot for months.  I loved the idea of the days stretched out before me with no formal structure or schedule. It was a time for outdoor discovery, a reconnection to the lake, and a time to be lost for hours (purposefully) in the gardens and forests.  There was something quite blissful about not knowing what came next.

As an adult, my impulse is to look back upon those lazy days and dismiss them as a lovely dream, something not possible today with obligations and work. And then my inner-coach comes alive and asks, “What assumptions are you making?”  “How are they serving you?” and “What could ‘lazy days’ looks like this summer?” Then came the big zinger question: “What would ‘lazy days’ feel like this summer?” Yes, thanks to the recent workshop with Marlena Field (Using the Wisdom of the Body in Decision Making), I am noticing what my body is telling me.

My body remembers the freedom, the joy, the thrill – it was the anticipation of the unknown, all the possibilities that stretched before me.

What does the promise of summer mean to you?
Regardless of any summer that has come before, how can you create the summer of 2018 that will fill you up?

President’s Corner – message for February 2018

 

Hello Members – Happy 2018;

I love this time of new beginnings.  It feels like a time of renewal.  The start of a new year brings opportunity for pausing and setting intention for the coming 12 months.  What is it that you are looking for in terms of your coaching practice?  What learning awaits that will expand your professional skills?  How would you like to get connected to your coaching colleagues or your local ICF chapter?

I can hear a former dance teacher, right after he had given a particularly challenging dance sequence and we were all at the sidelines, a little nervous about our ability to execute, he would look over with a confident grin and say “This could be good!”  We believed him and we danced with whole hearts.  It just dawned on me that he was holding us capable.

This Could Be Good!

Your new board is very excited to find creative ways to serve you.  We are also looking for ways to expand the profile of professional coaching in the community.  We came together on January 14th to onboard six new board members and discover how this eight member board (so far) can work as an integrated team to better serve you.

Looking at the member input from late fall 2017 and the many possibilities that we see for the coming year, a single theme emerged: Creating Connections. Just imagine what good things could emerge out of connection in 2018. 

Walk With Us

Our planning day included a review of our vision, mission and strategic goals and we wanted to try a new approach to our planning; something that would get us into the left side of our brain where intuition and creativity thrive. Our Vice President Cheryl Joslin led us through several segments where we created characters, actions and ultimately visions for the various portfolios as well as an overall vision for the chapter – using lego.  Yes, you read that correctly. We busted open the lego and capitalized on metaphor and story to hone in in what we feel is important – the future we want to create for our chapter.

We’re pleased to be walking this journey of coaching with our members over the coming year.  We want to share our work in progress, to give you a sneak peak into what we’ve been working on.  So check out our DRAFT document on the Strategic Priorities for 2018 .  Have questions?  Want to share some feedback?  Please drop a note to me at President@vicoaches.org or give me a call at 250-658-3063.

And So It Begins…

A connection is a relationship between two things, people, or groups. We have set our intention and already things are happening.  I had the pleasure of meeting a member for coffee last week and we delighted in learning about one another, exchanging ideas, and brainstorming possible ways she can get involved.  I also reached out to another long standing member who has deep coaching experience and he has offered to design and deliver a webinar.  I am reminded that it is this personal connection that I value.

I hope to meet you at one of our upcoming webinars or our first face-to-face workshop for this year (check out the other sections in the newsletter for details). In addition to connecting with local chapter members, in mid-March I will be attending the ICF Global Leaders Forum (held in Vancouver this year), where I will have the opportunity to connect with chapter leaders from around the world, learn about the latest coaching trends, share best practices, and celebrate the advancements we are making in the coaching profession.

With whom will you connect in 2018?

Warmly,

Tracy

President’s Corner as the year winds down

Happy December,

I love this time of year.  I walked home last night and marveled at the coloured lights that brightened my path. I found myself humming quietly and smiling at the reflection on the water.

Midwinter Magic

This is a magical time of year when winter solstice is approaching, also known as midwinter.  It is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.  It is a time of festivals, spending time with loved ones, feasting, singing and dancing – a time celebrated by many different cultures.

And our recent AGM was definitely a time of celebration and feasting!  Thanks to everyone who joined us at Royal Roads’ Hatley Castle – it was a sold out event.  The energy in the room was buzzing, the conversations rich, and the connections strong.

Reflections

We shared a year in review, highlighting the wide variety of activities and events and honouring the many volunteers who helped to make it happen (including a BIG thank you to my Board colleagues for the previous year of learning, service and joy).  We held the official portion of the day with acceptance of minutes, reports and of course an election.

And we launched our ICF Vancouver Island History Project. Gathering the details and stories from our inception to this moment was heart work. The 2017 Board of Directors offers this as our gift to the chapter – intended to be a living document, to be updated by the Board as they wrap up each year.

Just in case you missed the event – check out our Year End Chapter Celebration Deck for visual highlights.

Standing Still

“The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path comes to a stop before reversing direction” (Wikipedia).

And that leads me to the coaching question, inspired by Alan Seale, “What wants to happen next?”  I look forward to building new friendships with the incoming board.  I am certain your passion and commitment will help to design and deliver another year of amazing growth for the coaching profession.  Can’t wait!

Grateful Heart

So in the spirit of spending time with loved ones, feasting, and standing still, I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to reflect on this past year.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment to this amazing profession, to your local ICF chapter, and to the coaching conversations that make a difference.

From my heart to yours,

Tracy

Freefall through a different lens – from the President’s Corner

Hello Fall,

Welcome back to the season of renewal. It is the time for finding new routines and creating vibrant rhythms in our lives. As I watch the magnificent colour parade of changing foliage, feel the crispness in the air, and smell the autumn notes of pumpkin-spice lattes – my eye is drawn to the single floating leaf that glides along an unknown draft, heading gracefully to the ground.

And I think “Freefall.”

No, I am not a scientist and I was curious as to why this particular word came to mind so I looked it up.  Freefall, in mechanics, is the state of a body that moves freely in any manner in the presence of gravity.

Okay so there were a few other definitions such as “the part of a parachute jump before the parachute opens.” I was intrigued to read “An object in the technical sense of the term “free fall” may not necessarily be falling down in the usual sense of the term. An object moving upwards would not normally be considered to be falling, but if it is subject to the force of gravity only, it is said to be in free fall. “

And that is what I’m feeling within my ICF Vancouver Island Chapter work right now – Freefall.  I am trusting in the feeling of weightlessness as the board and I dive into chapter offerings, engage with our members, and look to co-create the future.  So, are we moving upward or, are we falling down?  Sometimes it’s a bit of both.

Feeling a Rush

It is a joy to savour connections as I make personal phone calls to former board members inviting them to share their perspective on the history of our chapter. As the pieces of our history slowly come together, there is momentum for a focus on the future.  I take a deep breath and ground myself in the present.

Presently, I am stretching my own coaching skills by mindfully applying several concepts I have discovered through workshops and webinars over the past several months. Specifically, I have been concentrating on three levels of conversations from Judith Glaser’s Conversational Intelligence, Polarity Thinking and the Magic of Metaphors in coaching. Big thanks to Diane Lloyd, Laurie Hillis and Lily Seto for challenging me to expand my thinking and coaching practice.

Falling in Love All Over Again

So where were we on this idea of freefalling?  Oh yes, there is movement that comes with this season.  Our chapter work is now finding that fall rhythm and sometimes it’s just closing your eyes and jumping.  Check out the remainder of this newsletter to catch some insights into the regional webinar we offered on Relationship Systems Coaching and reflections on our local chapter Breakfast with the Board event.

We also wanted to check in on the ups and downs of our chapter activities so we put out a short member survey to hear how things are landing (pun intended) for you.  As we look to the future, we want to know how to better serve you, so thanks for the feedback.

We are ready to dig in (or should I say “jump in”) and discover what is possible for 2018.  So buckle on your ‘shute because there is more opportunity for you to get connected and fall in love with coaching all over again.

“So let’s freefall, see where we land.”

Ed Sheeran

Moving Freely

We want to ensure this chapter continues to thrive, which means rich conversations, deep learning, holding each other capable, suspending judgement and actively listening.

This is how, together, we will continue to advance the profession of coaching.

Now close your eyes, inhale and ask yourself…

“What’s the best that can happen if I jump in?”

Yahoo,

Tracy

President’s Message and Invitation for ALL previous Board Members

“Long, Long Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away….” Nope, that one was science fiction.

“Once Upon a Time…” No, no – that was a fairytale.

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…”  Caught you humming?

Well we can’t all sing like Julie Andrews in Sound of Music, but she did have a point. So where did the Vancouver Island Chapter of ICF start? How has our story unfolded? The Board recently held a second retreat to plan for the remainder of the year and beyond. We got curious about the chapter history.

A Vibrant Future

To make plans for the future, it is helpful to know where we came from. As part of ensuring we continue to have a strong, vibrant chapter, we are looking at succession management.  Here are some of the pieces we are working on:

  1. Recruitment Strategy 2018 – Nomination Committee      
  2. Revised Board Role Descriptions
  3. Revised Chapter By-Laws
  4. Updated Onboarding Handbook and Materials

We realized that nowhere in our existing documentation is there a history of the Vancouver Island Chapter.  Rather than dig through boxes of old musty files, sleuthing out information that may (or may not) be captured, and trying to fit it together like an old puzzle without the lid to guide us…. We thought it would be far more fun, and effective, to ask our previous board members!

Breakfast with the Board

If you have EVER served on the Vancouver Island Chapter Board, we want to hear your stories, insights, and perspective on the amazing development of our local ICF chapter.  We would like to arrange your registration to join us:

Event: Breakfast with the Board

Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 10 am – 12 noon

Location: 1803 Douglas Street – Suite 500*, Victoria

To get your TICKET to BREAKFAST please RSVP to president@vicoaches.org

*We would like to thank BDO Consulting for their generous sponsorship of providing a beautiful, creative space for us to explore our history, gather stories, and nurture our connection.

Don’t Miss Out!

Check out the remainder of this newsletter for more nuggets such as an upcoming Virtual Learning Opportunity (webinar) on Relationship Systems Coaching, reflections on the recent Magic of a workshop on Salt Spring Island, details about our new Community Outreach initiative, more insight into our member perspective on a potential Coaching Conference and a save-the-date for our Annual General Meeting.

Isn’t it delicious?  

Warmly,

Tracy