Joy was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She joined Wycliffe in December 2010. In 2011, she arrived in Cameroon, Africa to serve at Rain Forest International School (RFIS). She taught at RFIS for three years before returning to Canada for a year.

After returning to Cameroon in 2016, Joy taught for one year before taking on the role of interim co-ordinator of the field education system in Cameroon. During the 2016-17 school year, she oversaw the education of elementary students whose parents serve as expatriate missionaries. Her position included supporting home school families, directing the joint learning sessions where both home school and classroom-based students learn together, and acting as the principal of The Greenhouse, a learning centre for missionary children. Upon the return of the regular FES co-ordinator in July 2017, Joy resumed teaching at RFIS.

Joy loves supporting Bible translation through working with student of all ages, but especially enjoys working with middle and high school students. Her heart for Bible translation has moved her to learn about and serve third-culture kids (TCKs). TCKs are young people who have spent a significant part of their formative years living outside of their passport country. By spending her life nurturing and instructing TCKs, she supports parents in the pursuit of their calling to international service and Bible translation.