Sam Johnson is Founder of the Student Volunteer Army (SVA), a student movement born after the 2010 Christchurch Earthquakes. The SVA has evolved from a student social media movement into an internationally recognised charity that has engaged with over 11,000 volunteers and city leaders to coordinate civic response to the emergency events.
Sam is an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Canterbury, member of Westpac Bank NZ’s Sustainability Panel and on the board of the Prince’s Trust New Zealand
Sam graduated Politics, Community and Professional Engagement from University of Canterbury in 2014.
Sam has dedicated his time to volunteer management. Examples of his roles include being elected to the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board in2010, being an Advisory Trustee at Pacific Development and Conservation Trust from 2011 to 2018, being a trustee of the Ministry of Awesome in 2012-2015 where he did a wide range of speaking engagements for corporates and non-profits on leadership, organic processes, spontaneous volunteering and youth disaster response.
In 2012, he was awarded for:
- Coca Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year
- Communicator of the Year by Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ)
- Young New Zealander of the Year by Awards NZ
- Sir Peter Blake Special Leadership Award by Peter Blake Leadership Trust
He was also awarded for Global Entrepreneurship Week Champion by Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.