Dr. Leslie Bella
Dr. Leslie Bella
Honorary Research Professor,
Box 192, Bayfield, Ontario, N0M 1G0
Phone: (519) 565 2373
Cell Phone: (519) 614 0230
1. Introducing Leslie Bella
Leslie was born in the United Kingdom, and came to Canada in 1966. She has lived and worked in most parts of Canada before finally arriving in Newfoundland in 1989. Leslie taught in the School of Social Work's undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs, and coordinated a Diploma in Social Work with the Labrador Inuit Association. In December 2004 Leslie retired to become an honorary research professor and free agent in the universe. She continues to engage in research and writing, and providing research supervision to graduate students at Memorial’s School of Social Work. She teaches occasionally, both at King’s College in London, and in the PhD program at Memorial. She also spends time in Ontario with her partner Roma Harris in London, and with her daughter's growing family in Toronto.
2. Research Interests
Leslie Bella has pursued research related to the health professions, social policy, family making, new technologies, heterosexism and prevention of violence. Since her retirement Leslie Bella has participated in Act4Health (a multi-site international project on technology and health information, funded by SSHRC), and in a CIHR funded research project on the information needs of rural PHAs and their caregivers. She has also been working with Nunatsiavut to develop appropriate curriculum materials for Inuit social work students.
After publishing The Christmas Imperative, about women's work to develop family through family rituals, Leslie became interested in how we build family. In pursuing this work she has studied migrants, including Newfoundlanders living "away" and "come from aways" living in Newfoundland. This research has resulted in Newfoundlanders: Home and Away published in 2002 http://newfoundlandartonline.com/.
3. Personal Interests
Leslie enjoys golfing, hiking, swimming, snow shoeing and bicycling. She often walks the trails with her standard poodle. With Christina Murphy and artist Lloyd Pretty she co-owns Greetings from Newfoundland Ltd., wholesale distributor of work by Newfoundland artists http://newfoundlandartonline.com/. Leslie also enjoys making music, and is always looking for other amateur musicians to make music with.
4. Academic and Professional Experience
• 2005 - Honorary Research Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
• 1989 - 2004, Memorial University of Newfoundland, School of Social Work, Served as Associate Director, Graduate Officer and chair of PhD Studies Committee.
• 1986 - 89, University of Regina, Faculty of Social Work, Professor and Dean.
• 1975 - 86, University of Alberta, Department of Recreation Administration, Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. Served as Associate Dean of Faculty of Physical Education and chaired the President's Advisory Committee on Sexual Harassment.
• 1970 - 74, City of Edmonton, Department of Social Services, Community Worker
• 1969 - 70, Province of Manitoba, Department of Social Development, Community Development Officer
• 1977 - 1981 University of Alberta, PhD in Political Science
• 1967 - 1969 University of British Columbia, Master of Social Work
• 1963 - 1966 University of Newcastle-upon Tyne, UK, B.A. Honours in Architectural Studies.
6. Refereed Publications
Bella, L., (forthcoming) “Geeks Who Care”: Gender, Caring and Community Access Computers, in Balka, E., Wyatt, S. and Henwood, S., Gender on the Line, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Harris, R., T. Veinot, L. Bella and J. Krajnak, (forthcoming), ‘Beyond tired of driving that far’: HIV/AIDS information exchange in rural Canada, in Kulig, J.C. and Williams, A., (eds), Rural Health: A Canadian Perspective, Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press.
Harris, R., Veinot, T, Rootman I., and Krajnak, J., (2008), Helpers, gatekeepers and the well-intentioned: The Mixed Blessings of HIV/AIDS info®mediation in rural Canada, in Wathen, C.N., Wyatt, S., and Harris R., (eds), Mediating Health Information: The Go-Betweens in a Changing Socio-technical Landscape, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 167 – 181.
Bella, L., Harris, R., Chavez, D., Fear, J., and Gill, P., (2008), “Everybody’s Talking at Me”: Situating the Client in the Info®mediary work of the Health Professions, in Wathen, C.N., Wyatt, S., and Harris R., (eds), Mediating Health Information: The Go-Betweens in a Changing Socio-technical Landscape, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
with Brian Lyall, (2005), Collaborative Methodologies: Evaluating an Inuit Social Work Education Initiative, Rural Social Work, Volume 9.
with Ellen Oliver (2005), "Canadian Social Work Associations," Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History, Sage Press.
with Mike Woodford, "Are we ready to take a stand? Education about Heterosexism - Fostering Anti-oppressive Practice", (2003), in Wes Shera (ed.), Emerging Perspectives in Anti-Oppressive Practice, Canadian Scholars Press.
"Communality and Diversity among Distinctive Internal Migrants: Social Work with Newfoundlanders Living 'Away' ", (2001), 18:2, Canadian Social Work Review, pp.197 - 212.
"Creating Positive Cyberspace: Challenging Heterosexism", (2002), in Margrit Eichler, June Larkin and Sheila Neysmith, (eds), Feminist Utopias: Re-Visioning Our Futures, Toronto, Innana, pp.233 - 246. ISBN 0-9681290-7-2.
"Profession as Ideology: Doctors, Nurses and Social Workers", (1996), Ideology and Social Welfare, (third edition), Canadian Scholars Press, Toronto, pp.145 - 164. ISBN 1551300842.
"Gender and Occupational Closure: Recent Registration Initiatives of Canada's Anglophone Social Work Associations", (1995), in P. Taylor and C. Daly, (eds), Gender Dilemmas in Social Work: Issues Affecting Women, Canadian Scholars Press, Toronto. ISBN: 1551300443
"The Rhetoric and Reality of Health Care Cutbacks", (1994), Continuities and Discontinuities: The Political Economy of Social Welfare and Labour Market Policy in Canada, A.J.Johnson, S. McBride & P.J.Smith, (eds.) (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), pp. 174 - 190. ISBN: 080202167
The Christmas Imperative, (1992), (Halifax: Fernwood) 252 Pages. ISBN 1 895686-09-1(R) (SSFC subsidy under Aid to Scholarly Publications Program)
"Women and Leisure: Beyond Androcentrism", (1990), Understanding Leisure and Recreation: Mapping the Past, Changing the Future E. L. Jackson and T. L. Burton (eds), (Pennsylvania: Venture), pp.151-180, ISBN 0-910251-34-7.(R)
"An Exploration of the Work Women do to Produce and Reproduce Family Leisure", (1990), Women and Well-Being, Vanaja Dhruvarajan (ed.), (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press), pp.79-89, ISBN 0-7735-0734-5 and 0-7735-0762-0.
"The Politics of Preservation: Creating National Parks in Canada, and in the United States, England and Wales", (1986), Planning Perspectives, 1, pp: 189 - 206.
"Social Welfare and Social Credit: The Administrator's Contribution to Alberta's Provincial Welfare State", (1986), Canadian Social Work Review, pp. 84 - 99.
Parks for Profit, (1987), (Montreal: Harvest House). 216 Pages (SSFC Subsidy under Aid to Scholarly Publications Program). ISBN 0-88772-033-1.
"The Provincial Role in the Canadian Welfare State", (1979), Canadian Public Administration, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 439-452.
"The Goal Effectiveness of Alberta's Preventive Social Service Program", (1982), Canadian Public Policy, VIII, No. 2, pp. 143-155.
7. Unrefereed Books and Monographs
Newfoundlanders: Home and Away, (2002), Greetings from Newfoundland Ltd, St John's, Newfoundland. http://NewfoundlandArtonLine.com
with Brian Lyall, Elizabeth Ford, Gillian Decker and Lisa Diamond, (2001), "Deep Partnership: An Educational Initiative involving the School of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Labrador Inuit Association", School of Social Work, Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland.
with Lori Yetman (Research Coordinator), "Challenging Heterosexism", Volume 1 and 2 of the Final Report of a project funded by the Maritime Centre for Excellence in Women's Health. September 2000. Available in hard copy from the author. See http://www.mun.ca/the
Rethinking Social Welfare, Editor of Proceedings of Sixth Canadian Conference on Social Welfare Policy, 1993. St John's, 1994. (168 pages).
"Feminist Scholarship in a Professional School", Oval Works: Feminist Social Work Scholarship, (St. John's: School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1993), pp.41-60.
"Doctors, Social Workers and Nurses: Hyphenated Liberals", Ideology, Development and Social Welfare: Canadian Perspectives, Bill Kirwin (ed.), (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 1990), pp.163-186, ISBN 0-921627-62-9. Republished in second edition,1991.
"The Production and Reproduction of Leisure: The Invisible Work of Christmas", in Dawn Currie (ed) From Margins to Centre, (Saskatoon: Women's Studies Research Unit, 1988) pp.48-68, ISBN 0-88880-207-2. Reproduced with permission for Women's Studies courses in University of Saskatchewan and University of Calgary.
• ISER, 1996 - 98, Newfoundlanders Away: Pt I
• ISER, 1998 - 99, Newfoundlanders Away: Pt II
• MCEWH, 1999 - 00, Challenging Heterosexism: Web Project
• SSHRC, 2004 - 2008, ACT4Health, Initiatives in the New Economy.
• CIHR, 2005 - 2007, Rural HIV/AIDS Information Networks.
• Nunatisiavut, McGill Social Work Education Project