I'm sitting at my desk, more than a year after Joy's passing, but having only just learned of it. I first met Joy when I came to NY to speak at a CAS conference and just loved the experience of meeting Joy, Jane Quinn and colleagues. We emailed afterwards and a couple of years on, learning that she was to holiday in Rome with Paul and his family, I invited myself to join them. We had a ball: I was looking at the photos only the other day. I am so sorry that I dropped out of touch after that - but I thought of her often. For me, she was an inspiration, a life force, a force for good, a crusader for children and families, a visionary, a revolutionary, warmth, the most fun, a role model...Miss you Joy but may we all go on living out your inspiration and work in the world in your honour. Recently Paul tried to contact me on Linkedin but there is a technical problem with my account at present: I would love to hear from you Paul and indeed any friend of Joy's. Love and great memories - Chloe
It's been almost a year since Joy's passing, but her beautiful smile, and her inspiration still totally alive. I'm thankful that she crossed my path! Hersilia
May 4, 2012
I could not have asked for a better guide into the world of full service community schools than Joy. I had the unbelievable good fortune to meet Joy when I became the director of Boston's Full-service Schools Roundtable in 2007. While I 'knew' the fields of family engagement, out-of-school time, early childhood, and partnerships, it was Joy's vision and drive that was instrumental in developing a more comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated approach at the school and system level.
The memories I cherish most are hearing Joy's stories - both personal and work-related - about breaking down barriers and the time we spent 'on the road'. In particular was one visit to the MIT Museum where we played with and marveled at holograms and the latest engineering breakthough designs. Joy was a keen observer who opened my eyes and heart in ways that I will never forget.
How Joy will be missed! And, by those of us who worked with her to equalize access to safe and effective family planning and reproductive health services. Joy was a big part of setting that effort on a firm foundation of data and analysis - putting her caring and clear thinking to work to show policy makers and program folks what needed to be done.
Joy loved her family, George and Paul, cared about people, important and less recognized, and left her mark on us and our world.
Three cheers for Joy!
I only knew Joy by phone. We spoke several times about increasing the relationships between communities and schools. I really appreciated and valued our conversations. May strength, peace, and fond memories be with her family.
Dr. Debra R. Sullivan
Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education