About Me

Listen to Joan’s May, 2013 blogtalk radio interview with Sonia Nadina Haynes, President of the North Shore Writers’ Association.  Joan is ‘kicking up some spray’ in the YouTubing world with a poetic prose blend:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ns-writers/2013/05/29/a-live-chat-with-poet-joan-boxall


Joan Boxall  

Evolution of a Writer 

I followed a love of the outdoors in and around Vancouver, British Columbia 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 is never complete…it’s a honing, an evolution.  From the first teaching job in Cranbrook, BC, 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 summer immersions 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 language proficiency and para-academic activities: involvement in the community Terry Fox Run,  and the chorale.

I self-published a cd of songs entitled, ‘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 joining in 1990.  As an alto, I’ve been there for six recordings: two early cassettes and four cds (sometimes as soloist).

As a former 1500- meter runner, U.B.C. Sports Hall of Famer (for the 1972-73 Track Team), I’ve trained and persisted.   My love of movement, music, literature, travel, diet, a healthy environment, diversity and sustainability are intact.

You-Tubing kicks up the spray and brings word and image together in a way that adds new visual and aural elements to the spoken word.  Check out my YouTube channel.




11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I love your site and your writing. Congratulations on your progress thru the courses and your enjoyment in both. T.

  2. Congratulations on launching your very creative web site – fabulous! The writer/singer/runner/cyclist/swimmer is on her way.

  3. Very interesting and informative. Congratulations for taking the big step to launching your own site.

  4. Good thing you haven’t taken the saying “follow your passion” literally.
    You are a model of following ALL your passions and excelling at them too.
    Congratulations, Joan!

    • thanks Lois! For taking time away from your busy summer season. For flower arrangements with an eye for colour, texture, compostion, check Lois’s blog.

  5. Peter and I had a cabin at Lac Le Jeune for years…Peter skied that area for many years. He participated in the Grand Marnier Marathon!

  6. Joan, I’m happy our life path has crossed. It’s always a pleasure to be in your uplifting company. Thank you for bringing my attention to your blog. It’s beautiful and inspiring.

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