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Neil Johnston receives Honorary Life Membership Award

Margaret Bernhardt-Lowdon and Neil Johnston

Margaret Bernhardt-Lowdon, executive director of the Manitoba Lung Association, and Neil Johnston, who received an Honorary Life Membership award for his distinguished leadership and outstanding commitment to advance the mission of the Lung Association.

Long-time volunteer Neil Johnston received an Honorary Life Membership Award for his distinguished leadership and outstanding commitment to advance the mission of the Lung Association. Neil, who is the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s regional director and the Health Sciences Centre’s site director of respiratory therapy, received his award at a ceremony in Ottawa on Saturday.

As a registered respiratory therapist, Neil has made significant contributions to lung health. Neil Johnston 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 14 years 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 Hari, chair of the Manitoba Lung Association.

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