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December 2021
In this Issue

President's Message
Programs and Events
     EVOLVE 2021: Thank you for an extraordinary week!
     ICF Toronto Webinar January 12, 2022 with Janet Harvey
     ICF Toronto AGM & Chapter Meeting January 26, 2022
News and Announcements
     Corporate Outreach
     ICF Community Outreach
Member Notices

President's Message

photo of Jane GraydonThe holiday season is upon us and fingers are crossed that families and friends will be able to safely come together this year. It’s a great time to rejuvenate and reflect on bringing more joy to our lives and to the world, and to share with those who are less fortunate. I have been reflecting on what brings me joy and I must say that in addition to cuddling and playing with my four grandkids, walking in the forest, witnessing my clients discover their true selves and seeing this ICF community connect, makes my heart sing. What brings you joy? How can you bring more joy into your life in 2022?  

As we wrap up 2021, I am so grateful for our Board and volunteers who, working together, have accomplished so much as a chapter:
  • Robin Mahadeva and team delivered an outstanding five day EVOLVE 2021 virtual conference with rave reviews
  • Leslie Shank and Wendy Thompson and team created a powerful Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy
  • Jenny Barkan and team created a new Member Handbook and Survey. ICF Toronto membership has grown 20% year over year—to 1128 members
  • Gaby Cameto led International Coaching Week with 46 coaches supporting 14 not-for-profit organizations
  • Shahab Anari and Kirk Fox created exemplary professional development and member meetings with a real focus on building community, with 23 events throughout the year
  • Alicia Saint worked with Ralph Cochrane and team on awards, as well as with Jalyn Anderson on enhancing Corporate Outreach, working with ICF Global on Coaching in Organizations, and partnering with ACMP
  • Barb Rosen Schreiber was a wonderful colleague for me and our Board, and she led our Board Nomination Committee (Nance MacLeod and Glennie Mercer) 
  • Hossam Bakir kept our finances in line and we are leaving 2021 in a very healthy position
  • Itopa Sulé supported Bachir Chehab to transition our chapter to Microsoft 365 and SharePoint
Don't forget to:
  • Vote—please submit your proxy as soon as you can. Members will receive an email with these details shortly.
  • Register for our meeting January 12 with Janet Harvey, and our AGM/Meeting January 26.
  • Submit your nominations for ICF Toronto awards by the end of January
  • Volunteer for ICF Toronto so we can get 2022 off to a great start!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays!

Jane Graydon
President, ICF Toronto Chapter
Programs and Events
ICF Toronto Chapter conference logo - EVOLVE 2021

EVOLVE 2021: Thank you for an extraordinary week! 

As we wrap up the final few weeks in December, we wanted to extend a very big thanks to our members, volunteers, speakers, guests, and sponsors for another terrific conference season. The feedback so far has been outstanding and thanks to you, we’ve taken away many learnings for 2022.
Next steps

  • Recordings for conference registrants: Soon we will be releasing the links to the recordings from EVOLVE 2021, allowing ample time to listen to and/or refresh on the many amazing speakers and themes from the conference
  • CCE units for conference attendees: Letters are being compiled and are on the way very soon

Thank you for your patience as we wrap up the event. Happy holidays!

ICF Toronto Chapter Webinar January 12, 2022

The Antidote to Othering is Belonging: Start with Yourself

with Janet Harvey, MCC

Creating belonging in our lives and workplaces stretches our thinking beyond what decades of diversity training and program focus invited. When we fail to tend and befriend the essential human need to feel part of something beyond ourselves, othering gets prioritized and builds strong, isolating, and invisible boundaries. Those boundaries mask identity that may only be defined by each person, inside-out and discovered only by asking and genuinely inviting learning about another.

Coaches have five new core competency skills to proactively explore identity and culture that opens the door to generate belonging in coaching partnerships. An activity is offered for personal reflection in advance of the session to explore these skills. You also have an article from our presenter recently published in choice Magazine about this topic. The live session explores those skills in greater depth, offers time for coaching practice, and concludes with a collective discussion about the value in this essential self-development to serve in a professional and ethical way with any type of client.

Janet Harvey, MCC
Picture of Janet HarveyLearning outcomes:

  • Discover new ways to access the vitality and unique wholeness of each client you serve in respectful ways that fuel self-honoring, heart-filled choices.
  • Peer practice with ICF core competency skills that support inclusive partnering with clients to explore and embrace diverse identity and cultural traits.
  • Pursue choices that evolve your coaching practice toward being more equitable and generative with your clients. Read more...

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: TBA           

Date: January 12, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

More Details and Register

ICF Toronto Chapter AGM & Monthly Meeting January 26, 2022 via Zoom
Join us at 6:30 p.m. for the Annual General Meeting of the ICF Toronto Chapter. Agenda details will be posted shortly.

I Love Mondays
with George Anastasopoulos
If you want to bring fulfillment and meaning to your clients who are overworked, overwhelmed and under-appreciated at work, that’s impacting their well-being and family lives, this session is for you.

"Work is easy; people are hard.” Most of your clients (managers and employees) are likely competent and capable at their work; the “IT” stuff such as tasks, plans, processes, and solving functional problems. It’s the “WHO”; collaborating and dealing with people, that most struggle with. Imagine a world where “work is easy and people are amazing.” Workplaces without complaining, excuses or powerlessness, where people work and play real well together and win big. Where people say TGIM as often as TGIF. Where employee retention, satisfaction and engagement improves because they’re saying “I love my work and I love working with you.” It's possible for real change to start and be led by anyone, regardless of where they are in their company hierarchy, and for your clients to navigate, climb and ultimately shape the world in which they live, work and play.

Audience takeaways:
  • The fundamental and limiting beliefs holding your clients back, and the leader beliefs that will empower them to take action.
  • The simple, practical and concrete skills that will transform your clients and those around them, and create a culture shift in their organization.
  • Make your coaching more transformative for your clients and those they touch.
  • Win more clients as they visualize what's possible by working with you.  Read more...  

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: TBA        

Date: January 26, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST

More Details and Register

News and Announcements
Corporate Outreach

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Are you interested in, or do you work in organizational change?

ICF Toronto, in conjunction with ACMP Ontario, will host a joint webinar February 9th at 5:30-6:30 pm. The objective of this webinar is to network, learn more about each of our professions and how ICF coaches and ACMP change managers can work better together to help organizations deliver successful, sustainable change. Findings from the ICF/ACMP Global taskforce will be presented, as well as guest speakers sharing real-life scenarios demonstrating how our two professions complement each other.

Registration will be through ACMP Ontario and will be free for ICF Toronto members. Registration will open early January and space is limited.

Stay tuned for registration details!


Annual Awards Portfolio Update

Nominations for ICF Toronto Awards will be closing soon! 

Our ICF Annual Awards nominations will be closing January 31, 2022. Visit the ICF Toronto website for nomination forms, additional resources and information: . Our ICF Toronto Annual Awards Program gives us a great opportunity to recognize, appreciate and celebrate our members and their dedication and contributions to our community and to professional coaching. Through these awards, we showcase the positive and lasting impact that coaching has on our community, our partners, and the world!

Please take time today to nominate a colleague who has inspired you or who has contributed through their work to the advancement of coaching, ICF or ICF Toronto. Let’s hear about all the tremendous work and achievements in our community. Have you written a book? Started a coaching program or group? Led a new coaching initiative? Tell us about it!

Our ICF Toronto Annual Awards Program includes:

- The PRISM Award  for excellence in organizational coaching: for nomination form - click here
- The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing an individual who has significantly contributed through their career in demonstrating leadership to advance the coaching profession for ICF and ICF Toronto Chapter: for nomination form - click here
- The Outstanding Individual Contributor Award recognizing outstanding contributions across all areas of coaching: for nomination form - click here

If you are looking for support or more information on PRISM, please reach out to our PRISM Advisory Team: Kanchan Prinsloo, Dominic Scaffidi and David Graham. 

With gratitude,

Alicia Saint, Director of Corp. Outreach and Awards

Alicia Saint
Vice President
Corporate Outreach and Annual Awards 
ICF Toronto Chapter

ICF Community Outreach
The ICF Community Outreach Program is looking for volunteers for a few of their initiatives. if you are interested, please click HERE to learn more about the opportunities available.

For additional resources, check out: Coach ConnectCoach Connect Interest Form, and ICF accreditation information.


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