Danielle LeDrew received the Bachelor of Kinesiology (co-op) degree
in May 2005. After some contemplation on what she wanted for her
future, she had a change of heart. Danielle realized her passion
was in working with elderly people. So in September of 2005
Danielle entered the Master’s in Physical Education program
with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation with a focus area
in therapeutic recreation, under the supervision of Dr. Anne Marie
It was Dr Sullivan’s suggestion that Danielle spend some of
her time in a long term care complex to decide which population she
would like to focus her thesis on. After spending four months
working with many different populations she chose to focus her
graduate work on people with dementia.
Danielle’s thesis focused on elderly people with dementia and
how recreation therapy impacted their quality of life. The research
used interviews, focus groups, observations and a reflective
journal. She worked closely with recreation therapy practitioners,
recreation specialist, and the family members of the residents. She
found the meaning that recreation therapy has for people with
dementia as well as the practitioners that provide the therapy. For
further reading her thesis is available at the library.
While attending Memorial University as a student in the
Master’s of Physical Education program Danielle also worked
as an after school program teacher with Achieva Learning Services.
Danielle says “the great thing about the Master’s
program is your flexible time schedule”. She was also a
teacher assistant for 4 semesters with Dr Antony Card for both HKR
2000 & HKR 2300 courses.
Her qualitative research has lead to Danielle’s current
position, Research Assistant II with the School of Human Kinetics
and Recreation. Danielle is working closely with Dr. Antony Card
conducting the evaluation of the School Health Promotion Liaison
Consultant Positions in the province of Newfoundland &
In her spare time Danielle enjoys running, reading, volunteering
with organizations for children and animals, spending time with her
family and playing with her dog.
Sullivan, A.M., & LeDrew, D. (2007). Exploring leisure
boundaries. In R. McCarville and K. MacKay (eds.), Leisure for
Canadians. Venture Publishing.