Johnston was one of 40 principals across the country — and the only Prince Edward Island educator — to be recognized Tuesday by the Learning Partnership for their exemplary leadership.
Under Johnston’s leadership, the school developed community partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the University of Prince Edward Island.
She instituted a clothing bank and breakfast programs and provided additional opportunities for families in need.
Her leadership has lead to reading scores going up, student leadership increasing and students feeling more positive about learning.
The 40 principals were nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee.
Johnston and the other principals will receive their awards at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala on Feb. 28 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
The winners also receive an exclusive five-day executive leadership training at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
The principals also participate in The World of Work: Wellbeing and Resilience, a professional learning day, where they have the opportunity to learn about today’s workforce from leaders in business, health and education.
The 2017 winners join the ranks of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals, which now includes more than 400 members.