Hello! My name is Emma Johnston and I live in the Adelaide Hills. I finished school at the end of 2020 and am currently taking a gap year. While taking a break my mind has been far from idle as I have been pursuing many different areas of interest while also looking for work, including screen writing, Greek mythology, learning Gaelic, sewing, jewellery making, playing the ukulele and phonetics. I have a great passion for the preforming arts, expressing this through my involvement in acting, tap dancing, writing and more recently directing in youth theatre.
I have been a part of Canteen since early 2015 after my father was diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and have been blessed with many wonderful opportunities and friends over this time. I must admit that at the beginning of my time with Canteen I was in a dreadful place. My father’s cancer and the changes in relationship dynamics with both friends and family had such a dramatic impact and life constantly felt like a powder keg about to explode.
I am so immensely grateful for the wonderful people that helped me untangle that shy and frankly terrified little girl, teaching me about mindfulness and healthier ways of approaching anxiety, emotions and life in general. Canteen has helped me gain so much, all while guiding me to become that confident and mindful person that I am now. I wish to further the awareness of Canteen because I know how important the work is. It has meant so much to me for so many years and will continue to for many years. I have seen firsthand not only in myself but also in those I have met on camps and programs the true magnificence of the work that is done.
Through the leading voices program, I would love to expand my knowledge of Canteen, connect further with other members and further my own leadership skills. But mostly I should hope to share my journey so that someone else might just get to experience Canteen and all the exceptional things it has to offer.