A lover and supporter of the arts, and an accomplished actor, Joan Waterfield was involved with southern Alberta theatre for many years. After coming to Lethbridge as a war bride after World War II, she quickly became active in the local community theatres. In addition to her theatre work, she wrote a theatre and arts column for the Lethbridge Herald and hosted a daily television program. Wanting to inspire youth, she founded the Lethbridge Youth Theatre and the Lethbridge Summer School for the Performing Arts. Until her passing in 2003, Joan continued to volunteer in the community – especially speaking to university classes and inspiring young artists.