Caring for a Colony


This is a story of pioneering courage and compassion in the New World. Jeanne dreamed of devoting her life to caring for others. In 1641, she courageously gave up her comfortable middle-class life in France to journey to the French colonies, today’s province of Quebec. In overcoming incredible hardships, massacres, illness, deprivation and seven gruelling trips across the ocean, Jeanne proved to be a remarkable leader. She ended up founding the first hospital in Montreal as well as being a pioneer and founder of the city of Montreal.

About the Author

Joanna Emery

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Joanna Emery

Joanna Emery is the author of many books for young readers, including Melville Smellville, Brothers of the Falls, and Caring for a Colony. Her work has also appeared in several magazines and anthologies including The Canadian Writer's Guide, 13th Edition and Chicken Soup for the Single Parent's Soul. Joanna is a member of CANSCAIP, IBBY, and the Canadian Children's Book Centre. She lives in the historic town of Dundas, Ontario.