Samuel Johnson is chief flagbearer at Love Your Sister and has been gracing Australian tv, stage and film for well beyond two decades now.
Most importantly, Samuel Johnson is Connie Johnson’s little brother. After his big sister Connie was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer Samuel made Connie the promise of a lifetime. To ride his unicycle around the entire country for her in an effort to remind every young mum in the land to be breast aware. Samuel kept his promise. He spent a whole year atop a unicycle vowing to do whatever it takes to remind young mums to check their boobs.
Besides being a goose on a unicycle, Samuel begrudgingly bears the title of Chief Flagbearer here at Love Your Sister. He shirks at the idea of being a spokesperson, let alone a flagbearer, but LYS needs a voice and he accepts this. Connie was too sick to blow the trumpet as often as needed so Samuel became the guy at the front. But, in a way, Samuel’s the guy behind it all too. Samuel built Love Your Sister while Connie was sick with gmail and a mobile phone. He hustles really hard and is constantly obsessing about how to improve Love Your Sister.
Samuel is a bit of a nutter. He can be volatile. When he’s on there’s nothing like it, when he’s off you won’t know where he is. He’s an unpredictable, intense, loving, emotional and often over-enthusiastic guy whose pet hate is when his ‘passion’ gets taken personally. Someone who rides all the way around the country on one wheel has to have at least one screw loose and most people who know Samuel would concede this. Samuel has vowed to keep screaming from the rafters until our mum’s stop dying, and that’s why we put up with him.
Awards: Samuel is an accomplished public speaker. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in the Queen’s Honours List in 2000 for Services to the Arts and the Community and has won an AACTA award for Best Actor in a Television Drama. He has been nominated for 3 Logies and has held the title for GQ Magazine’s Social Force of the Year. His and Connie’s book ‘Love Your Sister’ was nominated for Best Biography at the ABIA Awards and in 2016 Samuel was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to cancer research. To top it all off, Samuel was named the 2018 Victorian Australian of the Year.
Samuel listened to our briefing and delivered an outstanding presentation to our school community. He was incredibly generous with his time and his insight. It took me 20 minutes to get fr ... keep readingom my car to my office the next morning, staff could not stop talking about his presentation and asking how we could get him to speak to our student body. Working with Saxton and Samuel made taking over the event at the last minute incredibly easy Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School