Marjorie Johnson (2012)

marjorieAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario, Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Citation: Believing teachers must have “passion for their subject and compassion with their students,” Marjorie Johnson cautions, “Teaching is a privilege; we should not take it lightly because we cannot predict the extent of our influence.” Marjorie’s teaching, including the use of props – footballs and bed sheets to name a few – to present various internal organs has been instrumental and effective in helping students learn and in influencing their future teaching methods. One former student says, “I still remember the props and demonstrations she used in my class in 2004 … Now that I am teaching my own class, I find myself imagining how Dr. Johnson would have reacted to certain situations”.

Another student describes Marjorie and her influence, almost reverentially: “You’re passionate, gentle, and humble and you’ve motivated me to invest more in the learning process so that I’m able to actually process knowledge not just let it pass me by.” In the true spirit of collaboration, Marjorie believes in creating leadership and team building opportunities, embedding them in her curriculum for students, colleagues, and administration. An avid presenter, group facilitator, and workshop coordinator within and beyond her institution, Marjorie’s far-reaching influence clearly demonstration her passion and compassion. G.B. Shaw once wrote: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Marjorie has solved the problem.