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Bonny Johnson Receives Prestigious Award

A local nurse practitioner, Bonny Johnson, has been awarded the most prestigious honour handed out by the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC).

The Joe Leonard Award, named for the LAMP Community Health Centre’s first executive director who helped a great many people over the course of his 25-year career.

“The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals like Joe Leonard,” explains the AOHC website, “who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, commitment and support for creative solutions for accessible, high quality and affordable health care.”

Johnson started her career in health care after graduating from the Lorraine School of Nursing in 1974, working in long-term care and hospital settings before joining the primary care clinic of Dr. Edward “Mick” Pye in 1980. In the 1990s, when it became clear that there was nobody likely to take over primary care medicine in the area after Dr. Pye, Johnson began working on the development of a community health centre (CHC) and transitioning into the role of nurse practitioner.

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