7 Jun 2012

Atkinson Fellow Ann Dowsett Johnston Receives Award for Series

The Atkinson Charitable Foundation wishes to congratulate Ann Dowsett Johnston, the 2010 Atkinson Fellow in public policy, for being awarded the Peter Armstrong Award for Community Excellence by the Renascent Foundation for her series on women and alcoholism.  Dowsett Johnston’s moving series investigates the growing problem of alcohol abuse among women and the harms associated with alcoholism.  The award goes to a recipient who furthers awareness of addictions as a treatable disease.

Ms. Dowsett Johnston is also writing a book based on her research that will be published by Harper Collins next year.

Winner of five National Magazine Awards and numerous other honours, Dowsett Johnston spent most of her 30-year career at Maclean’s, where she held a wide variety of senior leadership positions. Best known as the architect of the Maclean’s university rankings, she pioneered a system of evaluating higher education in Canada in 1992. For 14 years, she shaped all educational coverage at the magazine. As a columnist, feature writer and seasoned public speaker, she developed a keen understanding of educational policy in multiple jurisdictions, and became a vocal advocate for reinvestment in higher education.

Established in 1988, the Fellowship is named after The Star’s early publisher Joseph E. Atkinson, and is designed to further Atkinson’s tradition of liberal journalism.  Under the terms of the Fellowship, the winner spends a year doing research on a public policy issue and prepares a series of in-depth articles.

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