Episode #6: Sam Johnson

Episode #6: Sam Johnson



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In this episode I have a personal conversation with the powerful Sam Johnson. Sam is the co-founder of the Student Volunteer Army which was one of the shining lights of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake. In 2011 he won a leadership award from the Sir Peter Blake Trust and in 2012 was voted Young New Zealander of the year. He has hosted a string of international icons and celebrities in Christchurch, most notable being the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Sam travels the world speaking about volunteering and disaster relief and has recently started a new venture called We Visit which provides in home visits for the elderly.

In this conversation we discuss some of Sam’s regrets following the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, how his grandparents found out he was gay via an article in the Listener and how he is dealing with his father’s diagnosis of terminal cancer.

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Christ’s College – http://christscollege.com

The Student Volunteer Army – http://www.sva.org.nz

We Visit – https://www.wevisit.co.nz

The books Sam read on The Queen – Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

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