Distinguished leadership: Neil Johnston
As a registered respiratory therapist and a long-time volunteer for the Lung Association, Neil Johnston has made significant contributions to lung health.
Neil began his lengthy volunteer work when he joined the Manitoba Lung Association as a volunteer committee member in 1993. He became a member of their board in 2000. In 2010, he became Board chair and a representative of the Canadian Lung Association Board and its Finance Committee.
In 2013, Neil volunteered to become the Chair of the National Research Steering Committee and was elected as treasurer of the Canadian Lung Association Board.
During his two decades of volunteering, he has been instrumental in moving the national research agenda forward and has spent countless hours spearheading the soon-to-be-launched research fundraising campaign and providing direction to the boards and senior management of both the Manitoba and Canadian Lung Associations.
“Neil always applies his sense of humor, excellent communications skills, experience and insight to the tasks that are required of him. Neil always makes himself available to provincial staff to help with networking and to provide direction and advice,” says Deborah Harri, chair of the Manitoba Lung Association.
For his distinguished leadership and outstanding commitment to advance the mission of the Lung Association, Neil received an Honorary Life Membership Award in June 2014.
“I volunteer for the Lung Association because of its important roles in maximizing the lung health of people, their families and neighbors” says Neil, who is the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Regional Director and the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg’s site Director of Respiratory Therapy.