2014 President's Award Recipient is Virginia Johnson

Every year, since 2009, the PHDA President chooses one person from the Portland Scottish Highland dance community to receive the President's Award for their ongoing support of Highland dance.

The 2014 President's Award went to Virginia Johnson, a longtime supporter of Scottish Highland Dance.

Virginia's family was one of the small group of families and dance parents in the 1950's that formed the Portland Highland Dancing Association. The Johnson family included Virginia, bagpiper Bob, Pipe Major of the Portland Scottish Pipe Band, and Highland dancers Ann and Connie.

The dance association was created to provide opportunities for dancers to appear before a certified judge at local competitions as well as enjoy other activities during the school year in addition to attending lessons. Competitions were held monthly in a variety of locations and a judge was brought in. Six competitions were held during the season with aggregate trophies awarded at the end. Virginia's name appears on the articles of incorporation of the association.

Virginia continued her interest in Scottish Highland dance and has served as president of the Portland Highland Games Association and has been a recent president of the St. Andrews Society of Oregon.

Virginia's daughter, Ann Johnson, has continued the tradition of supporting Highland dance in the Portland area as a dance instructor for over thirty years. Ann is also on the Scottish Official Board adjudicator’s panel, former FUSTA President and a SDTA Examiner.

Virginia is honored to be the recipient of the President's Awards and believes that this splendid organization will continue to successfully provide opportunities in Highland dance in our community.