Joyce Grant Smith – Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia – Canada
“I’m a soft touch, ask anybody.”
Joyce admits that the many dogs and cats who live with her are proof of her soft-hearted nature. When Joyce first saw Colbi, the Husky-Shepherd mix who’s the subject of her essay in Almost Perfect, she knew she was going to gain yet another family member. Colbi has taught Joyce a great deal about love and giving. This teacher of more than 25 years has learned many lessons herself, from living with a disabled pet.
Writing and Professional Background
- Currently: Middle School Teacher (grade 6)
- 2007: Joyce’s story, Teacher’s Miracles, is published by Adams Media
- 2006-2007: Nominated for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award
- 2005: Joyce’s has three published stories about her dogs, on in each of the anthologies Dog Tales for the Soul and Happy Endings, Volumes I and II, by K&B Products
- 2004: Joyce’s book, The Latch, is published by Bruncreek Books
- 2003: Joyce was awarded the Joyce Barkhouse Award for Children’s Writing
Education and Personal
- 1979: Attained Bachelor’s Degree in Education
- 1978: Attended Acadia University
- 11/12/1956: Joyce was born in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
Volunteer Work and Other Activities
- Joyce is a volunteer at the TLC Animal Shelter in Digby, Nova Scotia.
- She has volunteered for many years at Mandala Riding and Awareness Center in Hampton, N.S., which offers therapeutic riding classes.