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Sajel Bellon (BA, MA, EdD)

Curriculum Developer; Instructor

Sajel Bellon

Sajel Bellon (EdD, CTSS) is a thought-leader, mental wellness professional, educator, and speaker who specializes in the sciences of well-being, human connection, positive transformation and growth for individuals and organizations. She strives to educate and inspire others about the benefits of “being optimally deviant” and “whole systems thinking” in cultivating space for change and enhancing life/work experiences.

Sajel is a member in good standing of the Association for Registered Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals (OACCPP), Association of Trauma Stress Specialists (ATSS) with designation of Certified Trauma Service Specialist, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Global Speakers Federation.

As an adult educator and curriculum developer, Sajel created Canada’s first Positive Psychology Certificate program for Wilfrid Laurier University, where she currently instructs in the program. She continues to design, facilitate and lecture globally at institutions such as UC Berkeley, Central Queensland University, and Champlain College. She continues to partner with organizations (SAHMRI, WPEA, IPEN) internationally to create highly-innovative and collaborative initiatives. Her philosophy in cultivating human connection fosters success and well-being for those under her leadership and with her in partnership.

Her passion and research encompasses working with first responders around Resiliency, post-traumatic growth and mental wellness in response to the accumulative impact of the consistent exposure to trauma and occupational stress injuries they face. She offers opportunities for the emergency services to leverage their strengths and resources in meeting their increasing needs to address and promote mental wellness within their organizations, while creating links to integrating families and community partners to enhance supports for promotion, prevention and recovery processes. Her vision for integrated education and systemic culture change has been proven to be innovative and designed to be sustainable.

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Simon Coulombe (PhD)

Faculty Advisor: Curriculum Development; Instructor

Simon CoulombeSimon is an assistant professor of Psychology at the Waterloo campus of Wilfrid Laurier University and has a PhD in Community Psychology. His research interests are based on the integration of theories, concepts and methods from positive psychology (flourishing, strengths, life projects) and environmental psychology (optimal person-environment transactions) within a community perspective (focus on underprivileged communities). His works aims to promote the well-being of all citizens by creating well-being promoting environments (par ex., educational settings). Simon is teaching positive psychology at the undergrad level in the Psychology department.

Judy Eaton (PhD)

Faculty Advisor: Curriculum Development

Judy EatonJudy Eaton is an associate professor of Psychology at the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. She has been conducting research in the area of positive psychology since 2000, when she first began studying forgiveness during her PhD studies. Her dissertation, which examined why taking responsibility for one’s wrongdoing is such an important part of an apology, was a finalist for the 2006 Martin E. P. Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Positive Psychology.

She has continued her research on forgiveness, examining the role of third parties in forgiveness; apologies, remorse, and forgiveness in the criminal justice system; and what she calls “extreme forgiveness”: the study of individuals who forgive seemingly “unforgivable” offences. Her other research interests in the area of positive psychology include the adult colouring phenomenon (and its role in stress reduction), mindfulness, compassion, and academic buoyancy and resilience in undergraduate students.

She developed and teaches a popular undergraduate course in Positive Psychology, and regularly supervises thesis students interested in areas related to positive psychology.

Meghan Kirwin (MSc, MBA, CAPP)


Megan Kirwin

Meghan’s mission is to empower individuals, teams and entrepreneurial organizations to thrive. Meghan is passionate about facilitating positive change with the individuals and organizations she works with. Meghan founded The Kirwin Group Inc. in 2004 and in her role as mentor, coach and facilitator has focused on building thriving workplaces. Meghan developed the Vitality at Work brand with a single focus of supporting individuals and organizations to realize their full potential through the application of positive psychology.

Meghan has completed a Masters of Science in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London, England, one of the leading universities in the field of positive psychology and a Master of Business Administration from Laurier specializing in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour. She also completed a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) from the Wholebeing Institute, where she studied under Dr. Tal Ben Shahar from Harvard University.

Paula Pyne (MBA, RYT)


Paula Pyne

Paula is a mindful leadership coach, teacher, and writer known for her calm and charismatic presence. She is a source of inspiration and a catalyst for positive change. Paula’s unique approach to leadership and learning begins from the inside out. She introduces a mindful approach, grounded in yoga, mindfulness and positive psychology that enhances higher performance, productivity, and resilience and creates a compassionate environment in which people thrive. She is an advocate for mindful leadership, well-being, and compassion in business and is known for her thought leadership on these topics, facilitating courses, workshops and leading retreats for educational institutions and organizations.

As a teacher, Paula offers her students a sense of grounding, calm, and an inquisitive mindset through which to see the world. Paula teaches on a range of topics; that provoke inspired action, inner transformation, and mindful, positive change through a balanced blend of theory and practical application.

With a fascination for the human psyche, Paula elected to take her undergraduate studies in psychology and sociology. After being employed in the field of Social Work, she earned her Masters of Business Administration in Executive Management at Royal Roads University, and a postgraduate diploma in Human Resources Management at Humber College where she taught part-time in the Business School. She actively continues her studies in leadership coaching, positive psychology, yoga and mindfulness.

She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is currently working on her first book, Awakening to a New Sun, The Rise of Feminine Leadership: Leadership Strategies for Success in the 21st Century.

Paula finds her balance through self-care, meditation, yoga, writing, travel, gratitude practice and spending time in nature and with her family.

Conception de programmes d’études et formateurs

Sajel Bellon (BA, MA, EdD)

Conceptrice de programmes d’études

Sajel Bellon

Sajel Bellon (EdD, CTSS) est une leader visionnaire, une professionnelle en bien-être mental, une formatrice et une conférencière qui se spécialise dans les sciences du bien-être, des relations humaines, de la transformation positive et de la croissance pour les individus et les organisations. Elle vise à former et à inspirer les gens à propos des avantages « de devenir déviant de façon optimale » et des « systèmes de pensée complets » en cultivant un espace propice au changement et en augmentant les expériences de vie/de travail.

Sajel est membre en règle de l’Association for Registered Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals (OACCPP), l’Association of Trauma Stress Specialists (ATSS) avec une désignation de spécialiste certifiée en service de traumatologie, l’International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), de la Canadian Association of Professional Speakers et de la Global Speakers Federation.

En tant que formatrice pour les adultes et conceptrice des programmes d’études, Sajel a créé le premier programme de certificat en Psychologie positive pour l’Université Wilfrid Laurier, où elle enseigne actuellement selon ce programme. Elle continue de concevoir, faciliter et donner des conférences dans des établissements comme la UC Berkeley, la Central Queensland University et le Champlain College. Elle continue de participer à un partenariat avec des organisations internationales (SAHMRI, WPEA, IPEN) afin de créer des initiatives particulièrement novatrices et collaboratives. Sa philosophie de culture des relations humaines encourage le succès et le bien-être pour ceux qui sont sous son leadership et agissant en partenariat avec elle.

Sa passion et ses recherches comprennent un travail avec des premiers répondants au sujet de la résilience, de la croissance post-traumatique et du bien-être mental en réponse à l’impact cumulatif de l’exposition constante aux traumatismes et aux blessures de stress professionnel auxquels ils font face. Elle offre des possibilités aux services d’urgence d’équilibrer leurs forces et leurs ressources en répondant à leurs besoins grandissants et en faisant la promotion du bien-être mental dans leurs organisations, tout en créant des liens afin d’intégrer les familles et les partenaires communautaires pour augmenter le soutien à la promotion, la prévention et aux processus de guérison. Sa vision pour une formation intégrée s’est avérée avant-gardiste et conçue pour être durable.

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Simon Coulombe (PhD)

Conseiller pédagogique : Conception des programmes d’études; formateur

Simon CoulombeSimon est aide-professeur en psychologie au campus de Waterloo de l’Université Wilfrid Laurier et il détient un doctorat en psychologie communautaire. Ses intérêts de recherche sont basés sur l’intégration des théories, des concepts et des méthodes de la psychologie positive (l’épanouissement, les forces, les projets de vie) et de la psychologie environnementale (transactions optimales personne-environnement) dans une perspective communautaire (axée sur les communautés défavorisées). Son travail vise à promouvoir le bien-être de tous les citoyens en créant des environnements qui font la promotion du bien-être (par ex. : les environnements de formation). Simon enseigne la psychologie positive au niveau du 1er cycle dans le département de psychologie.

Judy Eaton (PhD)

Conseillère pédagogique : Conception des programmes d’études

Judy EatonJudy Eaton est professeure associée en psychologie au campus Brantford de l’Université Laurier. Ayant tout d’abord étudié le pardon durant ses études de doctorat, elle a ensuite effectué des recherches dans le domaine de la psychologie positive, et ce, depuis 2000. Sa thèse, qui examinait les raisons d’assumer la responsabilité de ses erreurs, laquelle représente un aspect important du pardon, a été finaliste pour le Prix 2006 Martin E. P. Seligman de la thèse distinguée en psychologie positive.

En poursuivant ses recherches sur le pardon, elle a entre autres examiné le rôle des tierces parties dans le pardon; les excuses, les remords et le pardon dans le système de justice criminel; de même que ce qu’elle nomme le « pardon extrême » (l’étude des individus qui pardonnent des infractions apparemment « impardonnables »). Ses autres intérêts de recherche dans le domaine de la psychologie positive comprennent le phénomène de coloriage chez les adultes (et le rôle de celui-ci sur la réduction du stress), la pleine conscience, la compassion, ainsi que la fermeté et la résilience académique des étudiants de premier cycle.

Elle a développé et donné un cours de premier cycle populaire en psychologie positive, en plus de superviser régulièrement des étudiants dont la thèse porte sur des sujets liés à la psychologie positive.


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