Carol Johnston

Carol Johnston

It is only fitting that Carol be the recipient of our Roots and Wings Award.  It was she, after all, who suggested the concept and name of this award and helped bring about what has become an annual celebration.  Fitting too, in the larger sense, in that Carol has nurtured and fostered the growth of this agency and such others as Childreach, the Children's Aid Society and the London International Children's Museum, of which she is a Founding Director.   Carol's own roots were in Sudbury, Ontario and it was her training in nursing and public health that brought her to London.  Marriage to C.B. (Bud) Johnston followed and they eventually had five children.   While Carol juggled family responsibilities and extensive community service she also managed to squeeze in Teacher's College and a course in Museology at the University of Western Ontario.

Carol's association with Madame Vanier Children's Services goes back to its early days when she was a classroom assistant and volunteer.   She later served on the Board of Directors for nine years and was President of the Board in 2000-2001.    How fortunate we have been to have had the benefit of her infectious enthusiasm, her boundless energy, her warmth and wisdom.

Carol has given much to us and much to this community.  But her reach is far greater still.   Carol has traveled widely and embraced opportunities to live in such far-flung spots as Lausanne, Singapore and Japan.   In the course of those travels, Carol has touched the lives of many, teaching English in a U.N. refugee camp, consulting on the development of a children's museum in Singapore and lending her expertise to museum development elsewhere.

Carol has been honored in numerous ways....the Queen's Jubilee Award, the Order of Canada,  the Citizen of the Year and Woman of Distinction Award, to mention a few.  It is our pleasure to present her with our Roots and Wings Award.   We salute her contributions and thank her for her commitment to this agency and the children it serves.