Joan Boxall: The Evolution of a Writer
A love of language and the outdoors in and around Vancouver, British Columbia led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education (BPE) with an English and French minor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). A thirty-year teaching practice began.
The craft of teaching, like writing, is an evolution. From the first teaching job in Cranbrook, BC, in the cradle of the Rockies, to Delta, BC. teaching English, French and Physed– to Adult ESL classes in Vancouver and North Vancouver.
UBC French language and literature courses led to a summer immersion at Pearson College of the Pacific on Vancouver Island, to Quimper, France and to Trois Pistoles, Quebec where I won ‘Le Prix du President’, (The President’s Cup) awarded for an active language proficiency: involvement in the community, a Terry Fox Run, and the community chorale.
I self-published a cd of songs, ‘Joan’s Jam’. The compilation is a mix of Canadian folksongs, children’s songs, and my own compositions of songs/poems.
With Pandora’s Vox Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Gillian Hunt, I’ve performed a wide choral repertoire since 1990. As an alto, we’ve done six recordings: two early cassettes and four cds.
A former 1500- meter runner and U.B.C. Sports Hall of Famer (for the 1972-73 Track Team), my love of movement, music, literature, travel, diet, and a healthy environment are intact.
In recent time, I’ve published active travel tales here: http://www.seniorlivingmag.com/article?search=joan+boxall&type=author
I’ve created you-tube poems here: YouTube channel.
A story of the healing power of art is in process…’Drawbridge: Drawing Alongside My Brother’s Schizophrenia.’