In May 2022, the POGO Board of Directors announced the appointment of board member Michelle Johnston.
Michelle brings lived experience with the childhood cancer care system having supported a close friend through her child’s diagnosis and lengthy treatment for leukemia.
“POGO’s mission is near and dear to my heart,” says Michelle. “I look forward to contributing to POGO in ways that will help ensure all those affected by childhood cancer receive the best possible care and support.”
A proud northerner from Timmins, Ontario, and as a woman with mixed European and Indigenous ancestry, Michelle has burst through glass ceilings throughout a career spanning 30+ years in the provincial energy sector. She currently serves as President of the Society of United Professionals and as Chair of that union’s Board. During her tenure at the Society, Michelle has maintained its strong financial position and led successful organizing campaigns to grow the Society’s membership. Michelle also has extensive governance experience. Her additional current appointments include Vice President (Canada) of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Chair of the Canadian Nuclear Workers Council, a member of the Canadian Labour Congress’s Canadian Council, a member of the United Way of Greater Toronto Executive Board, and a director of the Ontario Federation of Labour, Canadian Nuclear Association and Electricity Human Resources Canada.
The POGO Board and team look forward to working with Michelle to help achieve an excellent childhood cancer care system for children and youth with cancer, survivors and their families.