Thursday November 5, 2015 will be remembered by many on the ICF Vancouver Board, both for incoming and outgoing Board members, for various reasons. As the 2014/2015 Board completed their last board meeting of the year, my last as Chair and President for our Chapter, the energy around the table was electric with excitement, relief, determination and passion as we awaited the arrival of our special guests that evening.
The ICF Vancouver Chapter 2014/2015 Board, joined by the nominated candidates for the 2016/2017 Board (LINK), were delighted to be invited to break bread with Matt Varney, Director of Chapter Development, Kristin Kelly, Manager, North American Regional Service Centre and Emily Williams, Manager, Program Accreditation representing ICF Global.
As part of their West Coast ICF Chapter ‘road-trip’, this dynamic trio made time to meet with ICF Vancouver’s outgoing and incoming Board members to hear about our achievements and find out first-hand about challenges Chapters face inform their members on how the International Coach Federation can best support them.
As Matt Varney, Director of Chapter Development explains: “Several years ago the global board of directors set a renewed focus on the support and resources for chapter communities. The opportunity to visit and explore with chapter leadership is critical to the future of ICF. Our most recent visit with the ICF Vancouver chapter has given us great input toward the next steps in supporting the global community. I am looking forward to continuing the robust conversations we have established.”
The commitment to hearing the Chapter volunteer leadership team’s views is expressed by Emily Williams, Manager, Program Accreditation representing ICF Global “ICF Chapters are vital in helping coaches find training and build a community after training. I wanted to build a connection with your Chapter and being in Vancouver in person is a good way to do that. The conversations were great and it was a lovely time.”
This was echoed by Kristin Kelly, Manager, North American Regional Service Centre, “It was a pleasure being able to visit the leaders of ICF Vancouver in person last week. There is something magical about meeting face to face that takes relationship building to the next level. We, whether a part of the 120+ Chapters in the ICF community or a global Board member or staff member, are all ICF. I look forward to continuing to make connections with and serve our members in Vancouver and beyond.”
By the end of the evening, once we were reassured the trio were clear on how to get to the ferry on time for their next stop – ICF Vancouver Island – there were hugs all around, cards exchanged, promises to connect soon, and a special invitation extended for a future return visit to Vancouver!