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Darla Fortune, PhD

Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences

Darla Fortune, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2261

My research focuses on practices of inclusion and experiences of belonging, particularly within community leisure spaces. I am interested in developing broader perspectives of inclusion and working toward enhancing experiences of belonging for individuals who may be at risk of being stigmatized and excluded.  

Courses Taught

AHSC444: The Older Adult and Leisure

AHSC323: Gender and Leisure

AHSC432: Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation

AHSC384: Therapeutic Recreation: Cognitive Disabilities and Illnesses

AHSC383: Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Disabilities

AHSC381: Concepts in Therapeutic Recreation Programming


Past five years:

Byrne, S., Kalbfleisch, L., & Fortune, D. (2022). Neighbourhood associations may promote belonging, but for whom? World Leisure Journal, 64(4), 530-550.

Fortune, D. & Leighton, J. (2022): Mental illness as a valued identity: How a leisure initiative promoting connection and understanding sets the stage for inclusion. Leisure Sciences. doi:10.1080/01490400.2022.2058657

Fortune, D., & Dupuis, S.L (2022). Insights from recreation and leisure practitioners regarding disparities of advancing long-term care culture change. Leisure/Loisir,46 (1), 123-145

Genoe, M.R., Fortune, D., & Whyte, C. (2022). Strategies for maintaining friendship in dementia. Canadian Journal on Aging /La Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement, 41(3), 431-442.

Fortune, D., Lord, J., Walker, E., & Froehlich, S.(2021). Enhancing belonging within community leisure settings. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure, 44(2), 218-232.

Mahut, M.E. & Fortune, D. (2021). Social prescribing and therapeutic recreation: Making the connection. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 55(2), 135-149.

Fortune, D., Aubin, G., Timm-Bottos, J. & Hebblethwaite, S. (2021). The art hive as a “frame of belonging” for older adults. Leisure/Loisir, 45(3), 459-480. 

Fortune, D., Whyte, C., & Genoe, R. (2021). The interplay between leisure, friendship, and dementia. Dementia, 20(6), 2041-2056.

Fortune, D. (2020). Envisioning Museums as Welcoming Spaces for Belonging. In T. Glover & E. Sharpe (Eds.). Leisure and its communities: Rethinking mutuality, collective expression and belonging in the new century. New York: Routledge.

Fortune, D., Arai, S. M., & Lyons, K. J. (2020). Relational possibilities for women leaving prison: renewed hope for inclusion and belonging. Contemporary Justice Review23(1), 3-21.

Yuen, F.C., & Fortune, D.(2020). Leisure, art, and advocacy: Opportunities for contentious dialogue and action. Leisure Sciences, 42 (5-6), 570-588.

de Witt, L., & Fortune, D.(2019). Relationship-centered dementia care: Insights from a community-based culture change coalition. Dementia18(3), 1146-1165. 

Pedlar, A., Arai, S., Yuen, F., & Fortune, D. (2018). Community Re-entry: Uncertain Futures for Women Leaving Prison. Routledge.

Fortune, D., & Dupuis, S.L. (2018). The potential for leisure to be a key contributor to long-term care culture change. Leisure/Loisir 42(3), 323-345. 


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