Joyce’s appreciation for the wealth of untold life stories and ways to help people retrieve their memories comes from her work in Aged Persons Homes. She found that for many frail older people personal esteem was bound to the memories of past life experiences and successes. Allowing people to tell their life story and reminisce about past experiences was a very valuable therapy for older people whose abilities in the present were very restricted. Joyce trained as a Diversional Therapist and then completed a Masters Degree in Leisure Studies at UTS. She later lectured in the School of Occupational Therapy, Cumberland College of Health Sciences, University of Sydney where she always encouraged students to listen to, respect and value the life stories of clients. Joyce says that it is her background of knowing how rewarding it is for the individual to have their history valued and recorded that has inspired her to continue working in the field of oral history.
Joyce served as OHAA NSW Public Officer from 2001 to 2012. A very valuable long standing member of the Committee, she was both assistant and editor for the production of Voiceprint the NSW Newsletter for 15 years. (2011)