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April 22 - Mindfulness for ESL Instructors and Togetherall

Please join South ATESL, as we welcome Patrice Palmer and Victoria Senyard to speak on mindfulness and a peer-to-peer mental health platform. This virtual PD gathering is taking place on April 22nd from 7:00PM-8:30PM, and is open to ATESL members across the province. Please RSVP to and we will send you a link to join us on Zoom.

Mindfulness for ESL Instructors
Mindfulness is a psychological state of awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations in a non-judgemental way. There are numerous benefits such as stress reduction, increased focus, less emotional reactivity, and improved mood.  Mindfulness is growing in popularity but how can teachers incorporate it into an already busy day? In this webinar, you will learn some simple mindfulness techniques that you can use immediately as part of your self-care practice.  A resource list will be provided.

Patrice Palmer has more than 25 years' experience as an adult ESL educator, trainer and writer.  She has taught students from 8 to 80 in a variety of programs including 7 years in Hong Kong.  Her academic background includes a Master of Education and Master of Arts and certificates in Positive Psychology and Positive Education.  Patrice completed the Facilitator Training with Mindfulness without Borders and also SmartEducation™ SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques for Educators.  Patrice's experience with burn-out in 2015 prompted her to reflect on her own lack of self-care and adopt positive psychology interventions that she now shares with others.  She is the author of The Teacher Self-Care Manual: Simple Strategies for Stressed Teachers.

Please join us for live guided demo of the Togetherall platform to ensure you have what you need in order register yourself and confidently educate others on the new resource.

Togetherall offers Albertans a safe, online peer-to-peer mental health community where members remain anonymous to each other, and can draw strength and insights from others that have real lived experiences with common mental health concerns. Funded by and in partnership with AHS and the Alberta Government, Togetherall is FREE to ALL Albertans aged 16+ and available 24/7/365.

Victoria Senyard is the North American Partnerships Manager at Togetherall, Victoria supports both large, province-wide health contracts as well as direct partnerships within the higher education and employer sector. Victoria’s role focuses on stakeholder engagement, behavioural health promotion, program implementation and ongoing account management.

ATESL Chapter: Southern