• Sheri addressed the annual seminar of RealNet Holdings in Johannesburg.


My story is one of hope, encouragement and making the best of what you have!


Against all odds….

  • She is the only qualified person with Down syndrome with a tertiary teachers diploma (without any concessions made) in South Africa and the first in the world.
  • An international ambassador for all people with Down syndrome.

  • A national and international motivational speaker with over 650 public addresses in New York, Rome, South Africa, Israel, India, Berlin, Switzerland and all over the UK.

  • Appeared on national television addressing the State President, as guest on many shows like Pasella, Kwêla and “Ontbytsake”;  and as part of the TV production “Binnelanders”. She also featured as a guest on “Die Groot Ontbyt” a few times.
  • Received numerous national and international awards on changing social perceptions on peoples with intellectual challenges.
  • Currently an assistant teacher at a pre-primary school for learners with special needs.

Outstanding awards:

  • Sheri has been nominated as a trailblazer for The Young Independent 100 in the SADC region, by Independent Media in South Africa. They are looking for young leaders in Southern Africa.
  • The Presidential Award for people who have made a contribution to the lives of mentally handicapped people in South Africa – first time ever received by a person with a disability.
  • World Down Syndrome Day Award for incredible efforts to change the lives and perceptions of people with Down syndrome internationally.
  • Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year category winner for “Young Movers” – first ever winner with a disability, and first ever to receive a standing ovation.

“You can’t keep this girl down…

nor her standing ovations!”