• Assembly Woman
• Substance Abuse Prevention
Alice Johnstone’s many accomplishments would best be characterized as enlightened activism: environmental, political, and societal. The list of accomplishments is long and involves activities ranging from successfully working to pass federal legislation to creating The West Chichagof/Yakobi Island Wilderness; to being the second woman to serve on the Sitka Assembly, serving for nine years; to helping establish and then serve on the Sitka Women’s Commission.
Johnstone is co-founder of the community space Old Harbor Bookstore, opened in 1975, that today still continues to serve as a gathering place for community conversations. After raising her children, she went back to school at age 65 to complete her Associate of Arts degree. She is a woman to admire and has given her time and talent to support the causes she cares about passionately: women’s empowerment, supporting reproductive choice for women, prevention of and recovery from substance abuse, literacy for all Alaskans, and protection of our environment.
In 2010 she received the Bob Marshall Champions of Wilderness Award, given by the chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Communities come alive and thrive because of people like Johnstone who, over the course of several decades, made her mark in many ways that will live on into the future.View Extended Bio