The Gaston Award

The Gaston Award

The Gaston Award is presented by ICF Minnesota in recognition of distinguished service to the coaching profession and to the chapter.

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Criteria for Gaston Award

The recipient of the Gaston Award must hold a coaching credential (either an ICF-issued credential or certification from an ICF-accredited coaching school or certification from a professional coaching program within an accredited educational institution) and must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates clear and strong leadership for the advancement of the coaching profession.
  • Demonstrates integrity through professionalism and selfless service
  • Has been an active member of ICF Minnesota for three or more years and continues to contribute uniquely to the growth of ICF Minnesota.

Additional consideration will be given to nominees for the following: 

  • Selfless service verses service relating to promoting business.
  • Board service (not required)
  • Leadership character 
  • Ability to continue in service to the chapter 

Nominators can refresh a previous year’s nomination and resubmit if their nominee was not selected as the awardee. We can provide assistance in writing a thoughtful nomination. Reach out the President Elect if you would like to be paired with a volunteer who is familiar with the nomination process.

 Click HERE to access the online Gaston Nomination form! Please submit your nomination by July 28th for consideration in 2017. Any nominations submitted after July 28th will be eligible for consideration next year. Direct any questions to Shari Fruechte at  or call Shari at 320-232-0137. Thank you for participating in the 2017 Gaston process. Be sure to be there on September 26th, 2017 for the presentation! Sincerely, Your Gaston Award Committee

Congratulations to the 2016 Winner  - Anne Olson!

Anne Olson serves her clientele as a business and life coach.  Utilizing the lessons learned during her training with the Coaches Training Institute (“CTI”), Anne uses the basics of establishing a co-active relationship with clients in order to effectively guide clients through the hurdles as they arise in clients’ lives.  A few of the tools used to work with clients, include:  1) clarifying values, skills, dreams and purpose; 2) imagining the future that is possible; 3) creation of a plan for the next chapter in the client’s life or business; and 4) accountability for reaching the client’s goals.  Anne will ask the questions of her clients that they are hesitant to ask themselves. 

The core coaching curriculum of CTI was completed by Anne in 2006.  Anne then completed certification through CTI in 2009.  As a result, she is certified as a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) and has been accredited through the International Coach Federation (“ICF”) as an Associate Certified Coach (“ACC”).

In effort to stay in tune with other coaches and the coaching industry, Anne joined the Minnesota Coaches Association in 2006 and began to serve that community by volunteering as an editor of the “Catalyst” beginning in late 2007.  She then served from 2008 through 2014 on the ICF Minnesota Board of Directors (formerly Minnesota Coaches Association).    This organization represents the inspiring and innovative community of successful coaches committed to professional excellence and making a positive difference in our world.  Anne worked in various roles on the board, including Communications, IT, Membership, President Elect, President and Past President.

Through her work as a president of a local chapter, Anne became involved with ICF Global and continues to serve as a mentor coach for new presidents across the world.

Anne moved from Minnesota to California in June of 2013 and has continued to pursue her coaching career by continuing to expand her coaching knowledge.  Anne has attended modules offered by BEabove Leadership in the training of Neuroscience, Consciousness, and Transformational Coaching.

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Congratulations to the 2015 Winner  - Sydney Parades!

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Congratulations to the 2014 Winner  - Dave Wondra!

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Congratulations to the 2013 Winner  - Irene Kelly!

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 Congratulations to Irene Kelly who was presented with the 2013 Gaston Award during the special September monthly meeting -- The ICF Minnesota Coaching Awards presentation. In this photo, Irene is pictured with her family.

Irene joined ICF Minnesota in 2006, later co-leading the Professional Development team.  As 2009 Board President, she led the organization to become an official chartered ICF Global chapter. She continues to support the coaching profession in many ways:  as a meeting presenter for both ICF Minnesota and the 2012 ICF Midwest Regional Conference, as a catalyst and organizer for the ICF Minnesota Prism Award, and as a virtual volunteer for other programs. Irene is founder and CEO of Prisma, LLC and co-founder and principal of JICT, LLC.

Congratulations to the 2012 Winner- Diana Gabriel!

ICF Minnesota's 2012 Gaston Award Winner-Diana Gabriel

Congratulations to Diana Gabriel who was presented with the 2012 Gaston Award during the September monthly meeting. In this photo, Diana is pictured with the namesake of the award, Elaine Gaston.

Diana served as co-chair for the program development team on the MCA (now ICF Minnesota) board. She later began the Greater Community for outstate coaches in our chapter.

Deb Bollom wrote in her nomination letter, "Diana is a gentle silent force who gives and supports coaches creating growth, and sharing her wisdom wherever she goes."

Diana is an executive coach, trainer, speaker, facilitator and a Senior Program Associate in the Thrivent Fellows Program.

Congratulations to the 2011 Winner- Bonnie Henriksen


Bonnie J. Henriksen of Grand Rapids, MN was presented with the 2011 Elaine C. Gaston Service Award at the MCA (now ICF Minnesota) October monthly meeting.

Here are just some of Bonnie's many accomplishments:

  • Served on the MCA (now ICF Miinnesota) board for four years as Co-Lead of the Greater Community
  • Champions the voices of coaches who live and work outside the metro area to ensure they have a place at the table and a voice that is heard
  • Created materials for use by all members to educate the community about coaching
  • Co-facilitated leadership development workshops for business leaders and teens
  • Created and delivered Parent Builder with her husband, Neils. See her website for more information
  • Served with Dr. Okokon Udo, founder and president of Distinctive Leader Options, Inc., as the co-facilitator  of The Art of Leadership

Congratulations to the 2010 Winner  - Paula Hemming!

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Congratulations to the 2009 Winner- Deb Bollom






Congratulations to Deb Bollom who received the Gaston Award in the fall of 2009!

  • Served on the 2004 Julio event as co-chair of the registration team
  • In 2005 stepped into the co-chair of the program development serving until 2007
  • 2008 championed the development of Great Community arm of ICF Minnesota and served as leader creating community for out state MN and WI coaches
  • Served for 7 years as co-leader of the CTI ADHD Coaches Support group
  • ICF, CTI, and ADDCA certified coach
  • Conducted ADHD support groups on the East side of the Twin Cities
  • Always encourage coaches to check out ICF Minnesota and looking for ways to keep senior coaches involved in ICF
  • Passionate about creating and supporting an understanding of ADHD in the world
  • Contributor to 365 ways to succeed with ADHD and 365 ways to succeed with ADHD +1

Congratulations to the 2008 Winner  - Jim Earley!

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Congratulations to the 2007 Winner  - Bev Lutz!

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Congratulations to the 2006 Winner  - Elaine Gaston!

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