Keynote Speaker - Friday 2022 Conference - Revitalizing Life Through Leisure
A presentation from DRTA 2022 Virtual Conference
is a Professor Emeritus who taught in the Recreation and Leisure Studies department in
the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University for 37 1/2 years. He was also cross appointed to the School of Nursing, Sociology and Anthropology, & Faculty of Management at Dalhousie. Dr. Singleton’s research is focused on Leisure & Aging. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Recreation honours degree then completed his Master of Science degree in Recreation at Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in Leisure Studies at the University of Maryland. He also completed the academic requirements for a Doctorate Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Singleton is a Certified Therapeutic recreation Specialist since1979. Dr. Singleton taught courses in Therapeutic Recreation and Aging, Therapeutic Recreation Techniques, and
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure and Aging at Dalhousie University. He was made a Fellow of the World Demographic Association in 2006 & was named Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association Professional of the Year in 2007. He was recognized by the Recreation and Leisure Studies program at the University of Waterloo as a Distinguished Alumni in 2008 and is also founding member of the Leisure and Aging Research Group, which was established in 2008. Dr. Singleton received the Dr. Gonzaga da Gama memorial award from the Canadian
Therapeutic Recreation Association in 2011 and was made a fellow of the Academy of Leisure Science by the Society of Parks and Recreation educators in 2011. Dr. Singleton was awarded the Friends of the Faculty of Health Science from the Faculty of Health Science in 2018 for his work in developing a Therapeutic Recreation program at the
University of Lethbridge. Dr. Singleton provided guidance for Dalhousie’s Therapeutic Recreation program to be accredited by the Council for Recreation Therapy Education, which was accredited in 2019. Dr. Singleton advised 26 graduate students who have investigated questions related to Leisure and Aging areas and has published over 120 articles during his career and made over 500 presentations locally, nationally, and internationally, related to the area of Leisure and Aging. Dr. Singleton has served on the Board of the National Council for therapeutic recreation Certification (2018-2021). He currently sits on the International Therapeutic Recreation Consortium. He has served on the editorial boards for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, American Therapeutic Recreation Annual, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation and the Journal of Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and has reviewed articles for Loisir, Leisure Science and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.