Visiting Researcher
University of Florida

Heather Bell, PhD is currently working for a non-profit agency in Costa Rica. She studied Leisure Service Administration at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, graduating in 1997. Initially, she pursued a career in municipal parks and recreation programming, moving from leadership and teaching positions in aquatics to recreation programming and coordination for people with disabilities, new immigrants, adult sport participants, and older adults. After moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, Heather spent almost five years working in the not-for-profit sector, as Coordinator of Volunteer Resources and Gaming Coordinator at the Canadian Red Cross Society. She returned to community–based recreation and school part time in 2003 to shift the focus of her career. She attended the University of British Columbia and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education with a specialty in Adult Education, while concurrently attending Simon Fraser University to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Gerontology in 2006. She then turned her focus to scholarly pursuits on a full time basis. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Leisure Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2008 before moving to Gainesville, Florida to study at the University of Florida. She completed her Ph.D. in the spring of 2014 with a focus on social support and social cohesion among women’s sports teams in Dragon Boating. .

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