The Laurence S. G. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award was initiated in 2003 to be bestowed upon a recipient for “contributions not only to the Icelandic Community but also in the community at large”
Laurence (Larry) Steingrimur Gudni Johnson played many roles in both his volunteer life and career. Larry played an instrumental part in the Icelandic community as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Iceland Heritage Museum, President of the Bruin Chapter of the Icelandic National League and President of the Icelandic National League of North America. As a volunteer, Larry’s dedication extended to the Selkirk and District Chamber of Commerce, Selkirk and District Hospital Board, Manitoba Health Organization, Interlake Health Network, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Selkirk Community Library Board, Selkirk Arts Festival and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
In 1993, Larry was honoured as the city of Selkirk’s Citizen of the Year. In 1994, Larry and Edith’s family were named by the Province of Manitoba as Family of the Year. Larry and Edith were also featured on an episode of the television program, Cross Country Canada showcasing their shared passion of old time dancing.
Larry was born in Hnausa, Manitoba on June 29, 1928. He was educated in Riverton and Stonewall, MB. He worked as a teacher, carnie, sales representative, hotel and retail manager, motorcycle cop, volunteer board member, president, loving husband, father and Afi. Wherever his life took him, Larry’s passion and dedication touched the hearts and lives throughout his life.
Recipients of the Award:
Neil Bardal of Winnipeg, MB, awarded in Edmonton, AB
Dr. Ken Thorlakson of Winnipeg, MB, awarded in Hecla, MB
Stella Stephanson of Elfros, SK, awarded in Vatnabyggð, SK
Lillian Gudmundson of Arborg, MB, awarded in Victoria, BC
Stefan Stefanson of Gimli, MB, awarded in Winnipeg, MB