I am Peggy Béland, facilitator and instructor, here is my background.
The world of communication has been flowing through my veins since my early childhood. As soon as I could say my first word, I loved to recite speeches in front of a mirror by impersonating different artists that I adored. I created my own script; the lyrics just slipped out of my head. I knew then that I wanted to speak, communicate, and inspire the world.
From the age of 8, I won my first art competition, which consisted of expressing myself in public in front of an entire audience. I won a second contest entitled Journaliste 7-15 hosted by Claudine Desrochers on Vidéotron’s Vidéoway channel the very same year. My passion for public speaking led me to participate in several other competitions thereafter: Oratory art, literary essay, artistic gala and even positioned as a finalist for a competition presented by the prestigious magazine Entreprendre at the age of 15.
At the age of 17, I found my first job in the field of communication as a journalist for the l’Éveil et La Concorde newspaper. I then continued my studies in communication at the Cégep de Bois-de-Boulogne, and later at the University of Quebec in Montreal. I thus developed my expertise in the development of several community projects in the Laurentians region. My passion for communicating takes me further as a cultural columnist on TVRL television where I entered the artistic world as a press relationist. Subsequently, I joined the TVBL television team by hosting and co-producing my first television show: Un Brin de Jeunesse.
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Quebec in Montreal in 2006. After obtaining my university degree, I decided to found my own company in the field of communication, at the age of 24. I had my first professional experiences with big names within the music industry and several well-known personalities where I held various positions in album productions, artist management, press relations, the coordination of projects, and the organization of charitable events such as: Louis-Josée Houde, Fondation Simple Plan, Elles chantent Cabrel, Marie-Chantal Toupin, Joe Bocan, Pier Béland, and many others.
For nearly 6 years, I surpassed myself in multiple projects, but also through my social commitment. Moreover, I have won prestigious awards as a businesswoman, but also as a socially committed woman. Among others: Regional winner and national finalist in the Quebec entrepreneurship contest: Ose Entreprendre in the “Social Economy Enterprise” category, nominated for the Arista prize – Young Leader of Quebec: Social Responsibility, of the Young Montreal Chamber of Commerce, and recipient of the Claude-Masson award, which highlights the commitment of people aged 14 to 35 who are particularly active as volunteers in their community. Submitted to the National Assembly in Quebec.
Between 2008 and 2014, I knew how to stand out as a producer, communicator, and consultant, by becoming an accomplished multidisciplinary businesswoman. My career has had many successes. Among other things, I was the founder and co-producer of the first televised Télédon broadcast on the North Shore of Montreal. This unique television project, broadcasted live on MaTV Montreal, was hosted by Éric Salvail, Isabelle Racicot, Mario Tessier, Emmanuel Auger and Derek Aucoin (www.Teledon.tv). To date, this is the biggest television event on the North Shore of Montreal, racking up a rating of more than 180,000 spectators, and raising more than 1 million dollars in 8 years.
With the arrival of my first child in 2015, I decided to redirect my professional activities to devote more time to my family. Anxious to spread my mission to change our society and help each other, I am currently writing my first book in collaboration with the journalist Érick Rémy Donnez-Recevez published by the publishing house, Performance. The first book offering testimonials and tips on social engagement in Quebec. Several personalities have joined this book: Chantal Lacroix (facilitator), Mitsou (facilitator), Karine Champagne (les Mère-Veilleuses), Isabelle Huot (nutritionist-dietitian), Robert Piché (pilot-in-command), Mr. André Comeau (Fondation Simple Plan), and Jean-Marie Lapointe (actor). For 2 years, I organized projects to promote social commitment, I also gave several conferences and training sessions for volunteers and non-profit organizations. I also wrote for 2 years, several articles on the psychological benefits of social engagement for Mieux-être magazine.
In 2018, the arrival of my second child forced me to stop working due to health issues related to my pregnancy. I had to reorganize my professional life. For the first time in my life, my physical health was seriously affected. Always concerned with spreading my mission to inspire the best in people for them to achieve a better and healthier world, I decided to take occupational health and safety training during my pregnancy. The arrival of the legalization of cannabis in October 2018 touched me and lead me to improve myself as a trainer in this field, but also in terms of alcohol, drugs and medicines with companies. I have trained more than 250 companies across Quebec. I had the wind in my sails.
On March 13, 2020, everything suddenly stopped… I lost all my training contracts. I was in shock: A global pandemic was forcing the world to take a pause. The shock was violent for me in terms of my physical and mental health. I found myself without work. I decided to remedy the situation by consulting my family doctor who suggested that I undergo cognitive behavioral therapy. For lack of an available health professional, I decided to take charge of my health on my own. The first month of the pandemic was only the beginning of a series of negative events that followed one another for 8 months, including physical aggression as well as psychological violence.
In November 2020, my reconstruction really began. I questioned everything: my way of life, my relationships, my diet and my way of thinking. I analyzed myself, I started reading and I took more training. I decided to take care of my mental and physical health with, among other things, the tools of positive psychology. I reconnected with my essence, my reason for being and I found a balance of life in this new reality.
Today, 2 years later, I am a radio and television presenter as well as an instructor. I use my discoveries and my tools in my training. I completed a mental health certification with the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety. I will soon be a graduate in positive psychology by the international organization: The International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPHM). I am a dynamic and determined woman: I wish, with my services, as well as my animations, to inspire the best in people to achieve a better and healthier world!
My mantra: Be good and do good
Ready to take care of yourself, others and the planet?
Let’s stay the course together towards the destination of positive well-being!