Recap: Inspiring Coaches to Connect


October 14, 2018 was a picture-perfect autumn day in the valley. The sunshine was golden, the leaves a breathtaking array of colours, absolutely no wind so the water was like glass. It was a day begging you to be outside soaking up the beauty.  And I am very grateful that many coaches in the Comox valley chose to come together for our ICF chapter event: Inspiring Coaches to Connect.

We took the time to talk about our coaching niches, which ranged from entrepreneurs to adolescents and their parents, to career coaching, transition, resilience, and the medicine wheel.

The conversation turned toward mentor coaching, coaching supervision and peer coaching.  Ideas were exchanged, resources shared, real-life experience was leveraged (maintaining confidentiality of course), and the main theme emerged: WE ARE NOT ALONE.

Ever curious, we explored client intake processes, and the important conversation around mental health and how we ensure our clients are best supported (note: check out the ICF global website for some important information about when to refer our clients).

I appreciated the passionate exchange about professional coaching, credentials, and building awareness in the community.  A brainstorm ensued that brought forth ideas for greater exposure through small business expos, presentations, lunch and learns, laser coaching demos and coaching cafes.

The conversation wrapped up with a commitment to keep the conversation going, to maintain the connection – with a deep appreciation for one another and the willingness to be together advancing this profession we all love.

Two more Inspiring Coaches to Connect Events are coming up on November 5th – one in Ladysmith and one in Victoria. Check out our website’s Events Calendar for details and registration.

~Tracy Houser

Unleashing Possibility in Victoria and Mid Island

It’s too soon for winter hibernation, come out and be part of co-creating your local chapter ICF activities for 2018:

Unleashing Possibility

World Café Brainstorming, Networking and Snacks

Please join us for an evening of creation for the future of the ICF Vancouver Island chapter. We look forward to connecting with new contacts and old friends.

We are hosting this event in two cities:

Victoria – Wednesday, November 1st from 6 – 7:30 pm at The Promontory, Amenities Room, 1st Floor, 83 Saghalie Rd.  Register here for the no-charge RSVP and details.

Nanaimo – Thursday, November 2nd from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Grand Hotel.  Register here for the no-charge RSVP and details for Nanaimo.

See you there!!

October 26 Vancouver Island ICF Social

October 26 7:30-9:30pm at the Bard and Banker 

Get out of the rainy grey days and be uplifted by our next coaches social!

Not only can you reconnect with our coaching community, on hand will be our Past President, Lily Seto and 2016 President, Tracey Burns, who will share with us the “ins + outs” of how our 2017 board of directors will be elected on December 10.

We look forward to being with you!

Grab further details or RSVP here. 

September 29th: Social to Re-Connect with Island Coaches


Vancouver Island Coaching Social

Come share how your summer was, what you have in store for the Fall and re-connect with your coaching community!

WHEN: Thursday, September 29th.

TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (though we have the space all night).

WHERE: The beautiful upstairs room and patio at Bard & Banker Public House. 1022 Government Street, Victoria, BC.

HOW: No registration required. Just show up.

WHAT: An informal coaching social with a few light appetizers on us!

Questions? Contact Mary Prefontaine at

p.s. Please note, for those members who travel from Up-Island, we appreciate you! We are working hard on creating a 2016-2017 education + events calendar that includes socials and events Up-Island as well. Stay tuned.

A Holiday Taster ~ Leading the Daring Way™ December 8th, 2015

Where do you need to give yourself permission to show up and dare to be brave – at work? at home? What are the arenas in your life that require you to armor up and pretend perfection? Is now the time for you to be courageous – to show up, to be imperfect, to be human, and to develop a culture that enables others to do the same?

Join us for a one-hour “taster” of the inspirational work that has changed the lives of individuals, families, teams and organizations. The Daring Way™ method is based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D. LMSW. Brené is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), the New York Times bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007). Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her latest book Rising Strong has yet again demonstrated Brené’s ability to touch our lives through the power of owning our own stories. A festive Jingle & Mingle will follow the workshop with your peers and our ICF Leadership Team.

Our presenter, Laurie Hillis is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and a Consultant supporting coaches and counsellors in their application of the Daring Way™ and Rising Strong curriculums. She is a PCC Coach, an accredited Coach Supervisor and Leadership Development practitioner who divides her time between Victoria and Calgary.
Our workshop will be followed up by our Holiday Jingle & Mingle, an opportunity to connect and relax with colleagues, friends and our current Leadership Team.

The only price of admission for Members is a donation to The Mustard Seed Foodbank and will include one beverage of your choice (glass of wine, soda, etc) and appetizers. Non Members = $20.00

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
Victoria Executive Centre – 915 Fort Street. 3rd Floor – Meares Room. Victoria, British Columbia CA – Location

Register Here

Coaches Café

Tuesday September 11, 2012 – Tuesday September 11, 2012

3873 Swan Lake Rd

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Sept 11th is going to be the first Coaches Café of 2012 (Formerly Mingles).


Dialogue Topics: a dialogic technique to add to your coach toolbox plus a discussion on what’s new at the ICF, what’s new at your Chapter and how to get the most out of your benefits. 

CCEU: pending


What are Coaches Cafés? Purposeful gatherings of coaching colleagues to build our community of practice. Each Cafe will feature a tool, technique, or approach for you to add to your coach toolbox.

“Communities of practice are 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.” – Etienne Wenger