Danielle LeDrewDanielle 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 Sullivan.
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 & Labrador.
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.