Virginia L. Johnson, the recipient of this year’s Art of Prevention award began her adventure in the substance abuse prevention arena at an early age. She was an active member of the Students Against Drunk Driving, marched in Raleigh, meeting with legislators, advocating to lower the legal limit down to .08 while driving, the bill passed!
She attended East Carolina University, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in International Studies, graduating Cum Laude and with International Scholars.
Driven by passion, Virginia advocates for substance abuse prevention on the local, state, and federal levels. She is highly regarded by her colleagues as a leader in the field of preventing under age substance abuse and her uncommon worth ethics.
Virginia recently spearheaded the NC Keys to Sustainability Initiative, which supports local organizations to ensuring their efforts are quality-focused, sustainable and have long-term positive impacts.
Colleagues describe her as a bridge builder. As a result she was invited to serve on numerous workforce development committees and advisory boards, such as:
- NC Substance Abuse Providers Association, Quality Assurance and Standards Committee, Marketing and Communications Committee
- Addiction Professionals of NC, Board of Directors, Prevention Committee Chair
Virginia maintains a high standard of excellence in her work and her leadership across the state creates and empowers positive change, and will for years to come.