Free health videoconference (1)

We invite you to join us for this ZOOM CHEP session on From Social Isolation and Loneliness to Belonging and Well-Being. 

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You must register for this videoconference before February 15th, 5 p.m. by sending Marie-Claude Giroux an email. She will send you the link to register online. On the day of the videoconference, you simply click on the link that will automatically be sent to you and we’ll see you there!



Wednesday, February 16, 2022

10:00 am – 11:30 am (EST)

From Social Isolation and Loneliness to Belonging and Well-Being

With Darla Fortune (PhD) Associate Professor at Concordia University


This presentation will focus on the dangerous consequences of social isolation and loneliness as well as the positive implications a sense of belonging can have on our health and wellbeing as we age. Throughout this presentation, we will discuss factors that put us at risk of isolation and loneliness. We will also identify strategies that can help ensure we have continued opportunities to experience belonging throughout our lives.


  1. To understand the ill effects of social isolation and loneliness.
  2. To identify at least two health benefits brought about by experiencing a sense of belonging.
  3. To identify at least three strategies that can help to support a sense of belonging.

About Your Presenter

Darla Fortune is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University, Montreal, QC. Her research focuses on the inclusion of marginalized individuals, particularly within community leisure spaces and practices. She is interested in developing broader perspectives of inclusion and working toward enhancing experiences of belonging for individuals most at risk of being stigmatized and excluded. Darla’s recent work has focused on experiences of belonging for older adults in community spaces such as art hives, museums and community centres.


Recommended Resources

Enhancing Belonging: A Guidebook for Individuals, Organizations, and Communities (New

Story Group of Waterloo Region):

Social isolation and loneliness among older people (World Health Organization):


TedTalk: The power of vulnerability by Brene Brown:


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