Shelley Canning

Research Interests

  • Ageing
  • Dementia
  • Intergenerational programming
  • Meaningful engagement in dementia
  • Qualitative research
  • Visual methods
  • Narrative methods


Shelley Canning is an Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of the Fraser Valley and the coordinator of UFV’s Centre for Education and Research on Ageing. Shelley is also a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing at UBC where her dissertation research explores issues of engagement, meaning, and quality of life for older adults with advanced dementia. Shelley obtained her BSN (hons) and MSN from UBC, and prior to this completed a BSc and secondary school teaching certificate at the University of Victoria.

Shelley's nursing practice background includes palliative oncology and community health. She has been a faculty member at UFV since 2006 primarily teaching gerontology content. Additionally, Shelley has been involved in a variety of departmental and institutional committees including membership on Senate and the Board of Governors. Her teaching philosophy is geared towards developing professionalism and supporting best practice with a focus on care for older persons; she also strives to integrate an understanding of the importance of research in supporting evidence informed practice through her courses.

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