Dr. Candace Johnson is a Girl Scouts of the USA 2019 Women of Distinction Honoree.

Western New York Girl Scouts Honor Roswell Park President & CEO as 2019 Woman of Distinction

Dr. Candace Johnson among nine local women recognized for their contributions to the community

  • Dr. Johnson to be celebrated for her leadership and service to community
  • Nominations came from community members
  • Women of Distinction is a national Girl Scouts of the USA program

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Girl Scouts of Western New York are hosting their annual Women of Distinction event on September 26, 2019, honoring nine area women for their strength, dedication and service to the community — with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s top official, Candace S. Johnson, PhD, among them.

The event features a dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate the nine local leaders. Dr. Johnson and her fellow honorees were nominated by members of the community for showing demonstrated leadership through public service. Her nominator spoke of Dr. Johnson’s advocacy of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and how she believes in the “power of the G.I.R.L.

Those selected were each paired with a Girl Scout to promote mentorship, inspiration and to present the award to their respective honoree. Dr. Johnson will receive her award from Megan Q. of Hamburg, N.Y., a Girl Scout Ambassador. This is Dr. Johnson’s second Women of Distinction honor; she was also recognized in 1998.

“Girl Scouts of Western New York’s 2019 Women of Distinction honorees exemplify the meaning of extraordinary leadership both personally and professionally with a strong commitment to making our world a better place,” says Alison Wilcox, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York. “Dr. Johnson serves as an example of the type of phenomenal leader that girls and young women can grow to become, and we are honored to have her named among this year’s distinguished class of world-changers.”  

Women of Distinction is a nationwide Girl Scouts of the USA program that not only recognizes the achievements of women, but also provides educational and mentoring opportunities for troops across the country.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at www.roswellpark.org, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or ASKRoswell@RoswellPark.org.

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