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      March 15, 2016

      Barrie Examiner: Lois Johnston, who grew up in Stroud, has been honoured with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

      The Whitehorse, Yukon Territory resident was recognized earlier this month for volunteering by teaching children to cross-country ski.

      “I'm just very appreciative of that recognition,” she said Sunday. “It was a very nice occasion and a nice recognition of volunteer work.”

      The award recognizes living Canadians, and permanent residents, who have made a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad.

      Johnston attended Sunnybrae Public School in Stroud, then Barrie Central Collegiate, before earning her Bachelor of Science degree at Trent University and a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of British Columbia.

      While at UBC Johnston and her boyfriend (now her husband) visited the Yukon and worked there between studies.

      “We liked it so much that we just kept going back and forth to school until we finished, and then we decided to stay here,” she said.

      They've lived in the Yukon since 1975, where she taught school.

      In Whitehorse Johnston met Father Jean-Marie Mouchet, an Oblate Priest from France...