Awards

awards

SHERI HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS, AMONG WHICH:

  • Presidential award – (the highest award) for people who have made a contribution to the lives of mentally handicapped people in South Africa.  Presented at a gala event of the Hamlet Foundation in Johannesburg, and the first time ever that a person with a disability received it.
  • World Down Syndrome Day Award – selected by Down Syndrome International to receive the in recognition of her incredible efforts to change the lives and perceptions of people with Down syndrome.
  • Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year – chosen out of more than 1 400 nominations as one of 15 Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year, in 2012 finalists.  She went on to win this competition in her category, “Young Movers”, and became the first  in South Africa with a disability as well as the first winner ever to receive a standing ovation.
  • Bloemfontein resident of the Year – nominated twice because of the work she is doing nationally and internationally to change perceptions of society about people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Premier of the Free State Award –  “Most outstanding youth. Best Achiever Award” on National and International level in the Free State.
  • Optentia Award – at the First South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion.  The Optentia award acknowledges the contributions of individuals and institutions that show virtuous behaviour in the Southern African context.