Volunteering feels so good!

Community Support Program is seeking non-profit organizations and volunteer coaches!

Do you know of a non-profit whose leaders would benefit from coaching?
We invite all members to consider becoming Community Support champions.  Please consider sharing this opportunity with local not-for-profit organizations to receive pro-bono coaching from trained ICF Prairie Chapter coaches through the Community Support Program.

What is the Community Support Program and what are the objectives?
Our Chapter established the program in 2015 to provide pro-bono coaching to leaders who work in non-profit organizations with the intent to raise awareness of the benefits of coaching.

This year we are asking ICF Prairie members to encourage non-profit organizations to submit an application to be considered for the program. All applications will be reviewed by the Board and one or more organizations may be selected.

Raise Awareness of the Benefits of Coaching

The intention of the program is to raise awareness of the benefits of coaching to individuals across the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Each year, applications are made by an ICF Prairie members with agreement from a not-for-profit or non-profit organization for pro-bono coaching provided by ICF members to the organization’s leaders.

If selected, the organization works with the Community Support Program Leader to:

1. Introduce coaching to the leaders in the organization through an onboarding event;
2. Invite leaders to consider their involvement in the program; and
3. Pair up the leaders with volunteer coaches.

The criteria for organizations to be considered for the program include:

– Registered  non-profit or not for profit organizations located within Saskatchewan and/or Manitoba and where service delivery is primarily performed in one or both of those provinces.
– An organization that is devoted to enhancing the quality of life of its citizens in Saskatchewan and/or Manitoba.
– Priority is given to an organization with a demonstrated need for leadership coaching.

Applications for Non-Profit or Not-for-Profit Organizations
Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2022. Please submit an application form if you would like your organization to be considered for the program.

Calling all Coaches who want to make (more of) a difference!
We invite you to consider collaborating with community partners in this very rewarding humanitarian experience, giving your time and talents to a leader in a selected non-profit organization. We are looking for volunteers to provide pro bono coaching to leaders with a partner non-profit organization. ICF Prairie members who have completed at least 60 hours of approved ICF training are eligible to volunteer as a coach. Each program requires between 10 to 20 coaches to provide six (6) hours of coaching from April to July.

If you are a member of ICF Prairie who has completed at least 60 hours of approved ICF training please consider putting your name forward as a volunteer coach to provide 6 hours of pro-bono coaching from April to July 2022.  The volunteer coach application can be found here.
Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2022.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Vera Keown.

How can I help and it’s okay to ask, “what’s in it for me?”

Get Involved – at the Chapter Level

Our chapter has been known for the wide range of activities and events we offer throughout the year in our programming. These events continue to grow and expand with new ways to meet the professional development needs of our members, increase networking opportunities, and include a broadened span of engagement.

The success is largely dependent on our members being involved in many ways – from participating in membership surveys so that we can best understand what you need, and also playing key roles in events. You may wish to consider what new ways you can contribute over the next year:

  • Support the Chapter by sharing your time, your talents, and your resources!
  • Have ideas for learning or networking events, webinars, topics?  Reach out to Ryan Quesnel about helping at a local or virtual event with planning, set-up, registration, or hosting. We can help you play a role regardless of where you live, no travel required!
  • Love to plan events and celebrate? Brian Mitchell-Walker is looking for a team to support the the Prism Awards committee members and judges.
  • Have experience in the credentialing application or renewal process and would like to support new coaches toward their credential? Let us know how you would like to be involved.

Interested in finding out more or helping out? I’d be happy to hear from you. Ryan Quesnel, Director of Programming

Volunteer Coaches for Leadership Saskatoon

Leadership Saskatoon is in the planning process and will restart the program to present engaging volunteer opportunities to chapter members for the 2021 season.Leadership Saskatoon is a 10-month program consisting of three main components:

  1. Challenge Days focus on individual learning in a leadership context.
  2. Mentorship
  3. Learning Teams focus on leadership learning, team dynamics, and how to function collaboratively as a team.

The focus of the learning team process is to provide participants with the opportunity to work together to understand a given community issue.

The intent is to stretch their leadership capabilities while supporting and challenging each other in a safe team environment.

Community Support Program 2018

ICF Saskatchewan partnered with the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), which supports and promotes the rights of persons with mental illness to maximize their full potential; and enhances the mental health and well-being of all members of the community. Nine of our members were matched as coaches with leaders from CMHA.

Enhances the Mental Health and Well-Being of All

Strong, Peaceful Communities

Community Support Program 2017

ICF Saskatchewan partnered with Saskatchewan Towards Offering Partnership Solutions (STOPS) to Violence, a province wide network drawing on partnerships, information sharing and education to promote healthy relationships and build strong, peaceful communities. Fifteen of our members were matched as coaches with leaders from STOPS.

STOPS’ intention to work with ICF was to inject focused attention, tools and support to help STOPS leaders improve their capacity, wellness and performance in their roles, and by extension, their agencies.

Community Support Program 2016

ICF Saskatchewan Chapter partnered with Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres (SARC).  SARC represents community-based organizations that provide residential, developmental and employment supports and services to thousands of individuals with disabilities. Sixteen of our members were matched as coaches with leaders from SARC.

SARC’s intention was to utilize ICF Saskatchewan’s qualified and experienced coaches to contribute at the grassroots level and that SARC member leaders experience the power of professional coaching in a way that helps them to realize their potential, and create positive change in their lives, organizations and communities.

Realize Their Potential and Create Positive Change

Experience the Benefits and Power of Professional Coaching

2015 Community Support Program

ICF Saskatchewan Chapter partnered with Hope’s Home, Canada’s first medically integrated early learning centre. Seventeen of our members were matched as coaches with leaders from Hope’s Home.

Hope’s Home’s intention was to expose the leaders and the organization as a whole to experience the benefits and power of professional coaching to create positive change.

I got to spend time talking to my coach about specific things important to me and then how to address them. For example, we spent time talking about how to engage people and build/repair a relationship with them.


Hope’s Home has been overwhelmed by the positive impact that coaching from ICF Saskatchewan has had on the leaders of our organization. As a young charity and non-profit corporation, we have many passionate, dedicated leaders who have grown personally and professionally in areas of personal development and growth, and leadership skills – strengthening their gifts and talents, while creating opportunity in areas for change. The timing of this invaluable coaching will help Hope’s Home reach its next milestone of strategic development and ultimately create a team of professional, passionate leaders focused on meeting our vision for individuals with complex medical needs. We are forever grateful. Thank you.

Hope's HomeCEO and Founder of Hope’s Home, Jacqueline Tisher

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