Thank you for visiting my website. I combine 23 years' of experience as an adult educator, trainer and writer with my studies in positive psychology, positive education and positive coaching to help people learn and apply simple interventions to enable them to thrive and flourish. I enjoy helping people discover and use their character strengths. 

My educational background includes a Master of Education, a Master of Arts, and Certificates in Positive Psychology and Positive Education from Wilfred Laurier University. I have a Positive Coaching credential from The CaPP Institute (USA), several TESL Ontario accreditations and am a Certified Training and Development Professional through the Institute of Performance and Learning.

I'm interested in the benefits of yoga and mindfulness and recently completed SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques - a mindfulness program for educators developed by UBC. I'm currently enrolled in the Compassion Fatigue training offered by TEND.  

My experience with professional burn-out in 2015 led me to reflect on my own lack of self-care and adopt positive psychology interventions which I now share with educators and administrators locally and internationally.

Please contact me at [email protected] to discuss custom-designed workshops and/or presentations.

My Well-being Services

Teacher Self Care Workshops

I left classroom teaching due to professional burn-out in 2015 due to a lack of self-care. Teachers need to put themselves first and adopt self-care strategies to reduce stress, build resilience, promote physical health and increase their well-being.

TESL Ontario PD hours awarded for workshops and presentations in Ontario.  

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Happiness @ Work

Only 13% of Canadians report that they feel engaged at work and 50% report being unhappy in their jobs (Hays, 2016).  This needs to change since we spend approximately 90,000 hours at work during our lifetime!  

Studies show that happiness increases every positive business outcome.  Happy employees are more productive and creative, take fewer sick days and experience less burn-out. 

The science of positive psychology provides many simple (and free!) evidence-based interventions that can help people feel more engaged at work, discover meaning and purpose, assess and use their character strengths and increase their well-being. 

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G.R.O.W. for Well-being

G.R.O.W. for Well-being presentations can be designed for students of all ages. Students learn how gratitude, resilience, optimism and willpower can be cultivated to help them get through challenges.  

Download the free G.R.O.W. Guide for Teachers

Character Strengths

Our 24 character strengths (like leadership, teamwork, curiosity, love of learning, zest, judgement, kindness, humour to name a few) make us unique just like finger prints.  When we use our character strengths, we feel more engaged and have a better understanding of others and feel happier.  Workshops have been given at The YWCA and Career Development Centre, City of Hamilton.  

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"Patrice gave an outstanding presentation on workplace happiness at the Rotary Club of Stoney Creek. It was informative and she was very engaging with the audience. I would love the opportunity to hear Patrice speak again and would recommend others attend her events. Thanks for a great morning!"

Carrie Deon
Rotary Club Member

"Patrice is flexible and a pleasure to work with. She has a good working knowledge of Growth Mindset and knows how to get people thinking about it and applying it in their work."

Anne Marie Madziak
Coordinator and Library Consultant, Southern Ontario Library Service

"The Characters Strengths workshop provided by Patrice to business program participants covered a lot of information, delivered in concise chunks that was easy to absorb. The structure was clear, logical and effective. The main benefits for the participants came from doing the character strengths survey, receiving feedback and interacting with Patrice and other participants. The training helped the business program participants to understand better their strengths related with their business vision and developed their confidence to use their strengths in implementing their entrepreneurial vision in developing their business. "

Victoria Bularda
Business Coach, YWCA Hamilton

"I would like to thank you for your inspiring speech at the North York TESL Conference. I was picturing myself listening to your journey; going through separation and divorce, dealing with a child’s health issues while trying hard to support our students both in language proficiency and their emotional crises. It was a pleasure to meet you. "

Farnaz Saghafi
ESL/LINC Instructor

"Patrice is a very warm and engaging presenter. Patrice had a really matter of fact, practical message for teachers, without too much "new age" stuff. It was a perfect way to end the conference for me!" "

TESL Ontario Conference Participant
November 2018

"Thank you for presenting and sharing personal insights regarding character strengths and how they shape our behaviour. This workshop gave participants the tools to better identify their top character strengths and ways to use them to reach career and life goals."

Sadhna Jayatunge
Facilitator, City of Hamilton

"Patrice's passion for learning positive psychology stood out in the Positive Psychology certificate program. She articulated the learning and applied the concepts skillfully throughout the session. I was deeply moved by her willingness to make a difference in her work, family and community by her curiosity to explore ways in which she could apply concepts to find positive ways to learn and grow. I highly recommend Patrice."

Paula Pyne, MBA, RYT
Certified Integral Professional Coach™, Facilitator, Positive Psychology Certificate Program, Wilfred Laurier University

""There were a lot of good take away messages from this session. It's a very, very important topic! It's good to be aware of this at the beginning of my career, so I can help prevent burnout/exhaustion in myself. An Amazing and very informative session!" "

TESL Ontario Conference Participant
November 2018

""It was a great presentation. Patrice used relevant examples and it was very helpful to hear her personal story. Often schools do not provide adequate resources for self-care."

TESL Ontario Conference Participant
November 2018

Patrice joins James Rice in this podcast to discuss Teacher Self Care and the Teacher Self Care Workshops ( being held in various North American cities.

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My First Review

"A book that will appeal to the academic in every teacher, The Teacher Self-Care Manual is a concise part-objective, part-personal book that is written from both the head and heart.
Patrice has been stressed out, and she is not afraid to share her experiences with the reader. But her book goes deeper than a flat stone skipping across the ocean of a topic; rather, Palmer incorporates the research that supports her claims.

By taking the occupation of teacher in context with other stress-inducing roles, she gives a compassionate understanding of the forces at play, and uses imagery and her research on positive psychology to offer hope to burned-out teachers. Sprinkled throughout Palmer’s writing are categorized checklists and online resources to help one not only confidentially self-assess, but also to chart one’s path toward a positive mindset.

Palmer’s book is packed with practical suggestions (like, how to actually say “no”) and interesting facts (like, the importance of giving your voice a rest!) Always thinking of teachers, Palmer even offers a lesson plan you can use with your students to help them understand the strengths of their character even as you work through appreciating your own character strengths.
Patrice has written a book that merits reading by all teachers (ESL, classroom, online, college, etc.) When I finished reading the book, I felt satisfied and understood. I also had a perspective check and a path to move forward. That is good for me, and that is also good for my students.
Nancy Van Dorp
Toronto, Canada

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I love to write about how we can apply the science of positive psychology to all aspects of our life to increase our happiness and well-being.

Read my article "Why Teachers need to Care about Self-Care" in the latest issue of Contact.

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Want to know what your strengths are? Take the FREE VIA Character Strengths Survey

We possess all 24 character strengths (like honesty, humour, kindness, teamwork, judgement, zest, hope, love, leadership) in different degrees, giving each of us a unique profile just like fingerprints! Using our character strengths can increase our overall well-being so find ways to use them every day. It takes just 15 minutes to learn about your strengths. My top strengths or signature strengths: 1) Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence 2) Creativity 3) Curiosity 4) Gratitude 5) Love of Learning

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