In my first monthly announcement as President, I want to convey how extremely excited I am to work with our Board and membership to achieve our vision of being a thriving community that shapes marketplace awareness of professional coaching and ICF credentialed coaches.
There is an expression about the month of March that it comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, and March 2020 is certainly coming in with a roar, but I think the roar will continue for a while.
As incoming President of the ICF Toronto Chapter, I believe that health and safety is our number one priority. The unknown factors are changing daily around COVID-19 and we are taking a cautious approach to what WHO has now confirmed is pandemic. We are currently examining all of our processes and programming in light of the impact of COVID-19. As you now know, our Board of Directors and Conference and Awards Planning Committees have made the decision to postpone the VISION 2020 Conference and the ICF Toronto Annual Awards Gala event until further notice. We will continue to uphold the highest standards for ICF Toronto as the top professional coaching organization in Canada and make decisions consistent with keeping our coaching community and the greater community safe and healthy. Remembering that our coaching community has a broad reach, I want to share the following resources provided by ICF Global to help you consider new opportunities you might create for your clients and your business using virtual coaching and webinars. Resources: https://coachfederation.org/covid-19-resources-for-coaches
With all of the quick changes and decisions that have been made over the past week, I want to acknowledge the incredible work of:
The Conference Planning Committee (Kirk Fox, Marina Yerokhova, Carmelo Millimaci, Rajan Mathew, Bachir Chehab, and Zeina Keisse). They not only created an outstanding, sold out conference, but also worked under tight time constraints through our COVID-19 contingency planning.
The Judging Committee for the ICF Toronto Awards (Kanchan Prinsloo, Fabricio Avila, Ralph Cochrane and Mary-Ellen Hynd) who reviewed all applications for the PRISM Award and for our two new awards: the Outstanding Individual Contributor and Lifetime Achievement awards, and selected the winners for 2020.
The ICF Toronto Awards Gala Committee (Alicia Saint, Nadia Lavrentyeva, Alex Fullgraf and Hossam Bakir). They organized the ICF Toronto Awards and the Awards Gala evening created to celebrate excellence in coaching in our ICF Toronto community.
Our Virtual Assistant team (Kim Leitch, Arlene Larkin and Lorie Winter) for the guidance and support they give to all of us to make things happen as seamlessly as possible.
I also want to thank Jane Graydon, for her exemplary leadership over the past year, her continued role on the Board and her mentorship to me in my new role.
We will communicate more information in the coming weeks about our Member Meetings, International Coaching Week and other initiatives that we have planned for the year. Although we will be moving to a virtual platform, at least in the short term, and heed the advice of keeping physical distance from each other, we will certainly find every opportunity to remain connected as a community and we encourage you all to do the same. If you have any ideas or suggestions around how we can support our coaching community during these challenging times, please reach out to me. This is uncharted territory for all of us, and we will manage through it together.
Remember that our new ICF Toronto membership structure starts April 1st. We encourage you to renew your activity fee and keep engaged with our community. We recognize that these might be challenging times for many of you and appreciate any way you can support the ICF Toronto Charter Chapter. For more information go to Bonnie Grogan’s message in the March 15, 2020 e-newsletter and make sure to check our ICF Toronto website on a regular basis for updates.
I am very interested in hearing from ICF members and welcome your ideas any time (firstname.lastname@example.org). I look forward to serving you in this new capacity!
Barb Rosen Schreiber, PCC
President, ICF Toronto Chapter