2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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Nominated by Athletes CANUnder Lori Johnstone's inspired and committed leadership while chair of Athletes CAN, the organization matured into a respected and powerful voice in Canadian sport.
Johnston's motivating forces are her love of sport and her belief in sport as a powerful medium. She was drawn to Athletes CAN because its values match hers - inclusive, supportive, and determined to lead to positive change.
Johnstone, who calls Oromocto, N.B., home, has always believed in getting involved, even when meeting the demands of being an internationally ranked racquetball player, studying applied social science student and juggling part-time work. Experience showed her that much needed to be done on behalf of Canada's athletes, many of whom live in obscurity and struggle to meet their basic needs. Assuming a leadership role was her way of effecting positive change by modelling and promoting athlete leadership.
Johnstone's transition from high-performance athlete was initiated by a painful injury, followed by major corrective surgery and long-term rehabilitation. Immersing herself in Athletes CAN became central to her healing process.
Under Johnstone's leadership, Athletes CAN pledged to enshrine accountability, equity, and inclusiveness as its hallmarks. Johnstone ensured that the views and positions of athletes were articulated to governments, sport federations, multi-sport organizations, and the public at large. As a result, Canada's athletes have become active participants in all decision-making processes affecting them, including policies, procedures, funding, marketing, and promotion.
Now sport adviser to the Secretary of State (Amateur Sport), Johnstone's legacy includes strong athlete representation at the national level, paving the way for local and provincial change, increased athlete representation in decision making, increased funding of athletes, and the creation of a climate of cooperation that supports, encourages, and assists athlete participation in the boardrooms where sport is governed.