Joy is a retired teacher and school psychologist who holds a doctorate degree in psychology. She was first elected to the Vancouver School Board in 2014 with the Vision Vancouver education team.
Passionate about improving early learning outcomes and learning outcomes for aboriginal students, Joy is a champion for neighbourhood schools, and for maximizing the district’s relationship with post-secondary institutions. As an educational psychologist in Vancouver schools for more than 12 years, Joy worked with kids with learning difficulties, helped parents and children navigate the school system, and worked with teachers to improve programming for at-risk students — particularly aboriginal kids.
Joy is an avid volunteer, and has spent many hours with school PACs, a reading program in schools, Parent Support Services at Children’s Hospital, and on the Board of and fundraising for the YWCA.
She and her husband Dean live in Vancouver, and have three adult sons who all attended Vancouver public schools.