My research explores the intersection of leisure, aging, and health/well-being. In particular, I am interested in ways we can create more inclusive communities for people to live, work, study, and recreate within. Within my research, I use qualitative methods grounded in reciprocity, respect, and the centering of participant perspectives (e.g., active interviewing; photovoice; collaborative citizen science; feminist methodologies). I have received funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as the University of Manitoba.

Research Topics:


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship – Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Recreation and Leisure Studies (specialization in aging, health and well-being), University of Waterloo 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research – Lakehead  University 
  • Master of Public Health – Lakehead University 
  • Bachelor of Science Honours – Biology, Queen’s University 


  • Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (REC 2150) 
  • Leisure and Aging (REC 4250) 
  • Academic Skills in Kinesiology and Recreation Management (KPER 2120) 
  • Research in Kinesiology and Recreation Studies (KPER 7000)

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