Joyce Derenas received her BA in English with a Concentration in Writing from Worcester State College. While there, Joyce wrote her first, short biography of Ichabod Washburn, a steel magnate and one of the founding fathers of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Some consider Washburn to be the Father of the steel industry in the US. Today, this student work remains in the permanent collection of the prestigious American Antiquarian Society.

After working in and around the Boston area, Joyce has retired from a career as a software technical writer. With her free time, Joyce has enjoyed numerous visits to learn more about her French-Canadian roots in southern Quebec. Her primary research has included one outstanding trip to the Yukon Territory for a few months, and a short stay researching the collection in the Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

Returning to the place of her mother’s youth, Joyce has visited the village of Saint Joseph of Beauce as often as possible, discovering more about her Quebecois family and other pioneers from this area.

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