Joan O’Callaghan recently experienced family caregiving at home for her late mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. In her work life, Joan’s a faculty member at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where she trains high school English teachers. She holds an Honours BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in English Literature, and a BEd. She’s received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from Queen’s University. She was named Professor of the Year by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Students Council, Most Engaging English Instructor and Most Inspirational Instructor. As well as her academic work, she has an active career in freelance writing, with three books and numerous articles. Her late husband, J Patrick O’Callaghan, who was prominent in the newspaper world, continues to be a major influence in her life. And all the activities of her busy life are closely supervised by her cat Benny.