Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 24, December 18, 2015

A NOTE FROM CHRISTINA:

Ahhhhhhhhh. That's the sound of me exhaling after wrapping the fall semester of SHIFT-IT School. This season whipped by and I'm appreciative of going into a few weeks here where I can relax, come back to center and have some fun with friends and family. Then start the process of getting the January - June semester launched.

I received a nice present in the mail recently from Aletta de Wal, one of our Certified Visual Coaches and an all-round great gal. Aletta is the founder of Artist Career Training (ACT) and is equal parts artist, educator and entrepreneur.

The present was 2 copies of her new book: My Real Job Is Being An Artist. One for me (which I will read to assist with my acrylic paintings) and one for me to donate to a local library (Vancouver Island School of Art, I'm gonna gift it to you!).

Congratulations Aletta on a job well done! Really impressed with the thoroughness, professionalism and positive tone of your book.

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Talking about positive tones. I've decided to write today's article on a local project here in Victoria that a good friend turned me onto: The Starfish Project.

It's a grassroots effort (involving a mixed range of local people) to privately sponsor one Syrian refugee family to come to Victoria (two parents in their 20s with two young children).

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Privately sponsored refugees are beginning to arrive in Canada these last few weeks with government sponsored ones to follow. Should all go well, this particular family of four should arrive in late January.

I hope you will consider helping this particular family and/or working with similar programs in your geographical area. Together we can help honest, decent, traumatized folks make a needed shift in their lives. If I was in their shoes I sure hope there would be compassionate and skilled people to assist me and my loved ones to regain stability.

Wishing the very best to you and yours for this holiday season. May our hearts be warm, secure and loving despite the challenging shifts our world is going through. The energy of the heart is such a powerful asset!

Yours in SHIFTing IT,
Christina Merkley, the SHIFT-IT Coach and Visual Mentor

The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Process Skills Mentor


IN YOUR WORDS: UK Consultant Annette Leslie Critiques Our Online Graphic Facilitation Training

CHRISTINA'S ONLINE GRAPHIC FACILITATION TRAINING
MORE THAN DELIVERED ON MY EXPECTATIONS ...
AND I HAD PRETTY HIGH EXPECTATIONS!

"I wanted to refresh and update my knowledge on graphic facilitation and having researched my local and online options, decided Christina Merkley was the go-to lady. Many courses offer to teach you how to doodle, very little though on how to actually support process work through the use of spontaneous or co-built visuals. Christina's online Graphic Facilitation Training more than delivered on my expectations, and I had pretty high expectations!

Andrea Gibbons, Certrified Visual Coach
Annette Leslie
Management Consultant / Speaker

I loved how interactive her webinars are, especially when she demo'd things for us to better understand issues and ideas. Enjoyed seeing my colleagues from many geographies, their work and getting to interact with them. Very helpful for the sharing of ideas and experiences.

My only concern prior to joining was how out of sync I would feel from the UK, being in such a different time zone. No worries, I sat down at 8pm and joined in the online classroom, and loved it. Also want to comment on how generous Christina is with her time and material; every question and query was worked through - very impressive."

Annette Leslie
Management Consultant / Speaker
United Kingdom


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FEATURED ARTICLE:

LET'S HELP THIS REFUGEE FAMILY
OF FOUR MAKE THEIR SHIFT

To Listen Or Download Mp3 Version of This Article, Click Here.

As world events have splashed across our television and electronic devices this past fall, I've been wondering how things will trickle down to my local community. What is happening locally with refugee arrivals? What planning and systems are taking place? Are there ways I can help and get involved? Would any of my skills be of assistance?

We had an election this fall here in Canada with the Liberals being elected largely in response to a decade of conservative control.

As a result, the Canadian government's stance on the refugee crisis happening in war savaged Syria has changed its tune.

And these last weeks we have seen some refugees beginning to arrive in Canadian airports and communities.

First to arrive are those with private sponsorships (through family, friends, community groups, etc.). Apparently Canada is the only country in the world that is allowing private sponsorships?! It's my understanding that these will eventually be followed next year by more refugees sponsored by governmental programs.

As a coach and facilitator who helps groups and individuals shift (not refugees but the more usual kinds of life shifts) I'm curious and hoping that good systems are being put into place to assist these folks.

Not only are they going to have financial, work, language and cultural adjustment issues, they are also probably going to have emotional and post-traumatic stress issues to contend with as well, given all they have been through too.

clip-person-maleWhen I did a local internet search a few weeks ago on this topic, not much came up. However since then I've been impressed to see several projects and initiatives pop up in response to the needs that are emerging. Groups and individuals are springing into action, doing what they can.

One, which a friend of mine (an instructor of justice and social issues at a local college) turned me onto is The Starfish Project ... it's organizing to bring one Syrian family of four (parents in their 20s plus two young children) to my town, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

My understanding is that this family has been vetted and approved and now it's a matter of raising the needed 50K funds to bring them, hopefully by the end of January. I believe they are in a refugee camp until then.

*** I've donated, I hope you will consider doing so too (you can wherever you live). At time of writing they are just 5K short! ***

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Christina
Christina Merkley
The SHIFT-IT Coach &
Process Skills Mentor

SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. is a boutique training and coaching company specializing in visual and energetic process work for groups and individuals. Founded by Christina Merkley, pioneering Visual Facilitator and Coach, she works deeply with individuals, partners and conscious businesses to define and manifest what you really want. Christina also trains Process Professionals from across the globe in her innovative ways of working. For more information visit www.shift-it-coach.com and www.visualcoaches.com.

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>>A Note From Christina

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Let's Help This Refugee Family of Four Make Their Shift

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