Teaching-Family Association Award for Outstanding Contribution & Achievement in Human Services
Bonnie Johnston (CEO, Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority) received the Teaching-Family Association Award for Outstanding Contribution & Achievement in Human Services. This award recognizes an individual or organization for exceptional national or international advocacy and support of children and families.
Bonnie Johnston has dedicated her career to serving children and families, first as a nurse and health administrator and now as Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority (CFSA).
Bonnie began her career as a nurse in an Aboriginal community in northern Alberta and later served in a variety of health care roles in Edmonton and Calgary. Prior to her current position, Bonnie was the Director of Child and Adolescent Health for the Calgary Health Region. In that role, she was responsible for pediatric inpatient and critical care health services at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and pediatric inpatient services at the Peter Lougheed Centre.
As CEO of the Calgary and Area CFSA for the past nine years, Bonnie Johnston’s focus has been on partnerships, collaboration and innovation to continuously improve outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families. She continues to raise the bar for better practice for Calgary’s children and continues to shift the culture within her own organization. As part of a provincial wide undertaking, Bonnie has been an inspirational promoter of the Outcome Based Service Delivery model, supporting the use of evidence-based practices and transforming the way Children’s Services does business in Calgary and throughout Alberta.
Bonnie has also made her mark in developing new relationships with the nonprofit agency sector. Bonnie involves community agencies in strategic planning, keeps dialogue open and transparent, and provides a supportive atmosphere in which to deal with challenges inherent in any children’s service delivery model. Bonnie Johnston’s leadership gives us all hope for the future of Alberta’s children and families.