Who am I?
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 increase their happiness. I especially enjoy working with groups to discover and use their character strengths.
My own 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.
My educational background includes a Master of Education, a Master of Arts, a Certificate in Positive Psychology and Positive Education from Wilfred Laurier University and a positive coaching credential from The CaPP Institute.
I have chosen the image of the dragonfly because in almost every part of the world, it symbolizes change and an understanding of the deeper meaning of life. Dragonflies are powerful yet graceful, and show us how to navigate life’s storms with confidence.
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. Self-care is not an indulgent but necessary in this profession.
Self-care is more than just a mani-pedi! It is a conscious decision to care about our own well-being so we are better equipped to take care of others. This workshop is highly interactive.
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.
This webinar is free for TESL Ontario members and defines self-care and discusses its importance for all educators; provides specific strategies and interventions for self-care; and discusses how to best adapt strategies for self-care at an individual and organizational level.
"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 Patrice for a great morning! "
"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."
"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. "
"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. "
"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!" "Lots of good take away messages from this session". 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. Amazing and very informative session!" "It was a great presentation. The instructor used relevant examples. It was very helpful to hear her story. Very often schools do not provide adequate resources for self-care." "
"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."
I love to write about how we can apply the science of positive psychology to all aspects of our life.
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
I was honoured to be asked to review my colleague Ruth Pearce's new book.
"Ruth's extensive research from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience are easily woven into a classic workplace example that we can relate to and learn from. The "Making It Stick" and "Strategies for Success" sections in each chapter are helpful and a great review. The timetable at the end of the book is an excellent tool to get started in developing one's skills as a successful and sought-after project manager so that you "can pull greatness from your team."