Sheri’s Awards 

Sheri has received numerous awards: 

  • Nomination as a trailblazer for The Young Independent 100 in the SADC region, by Independent Media in South Africa.
  • Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year in the category “Youth Movers” in South Africa with a disability. She was the first winner ever to receive a standing ovation.
  • The Presidential award (the highest award) for people who have made a contribution to the lives of mentally handicapped people in South Africa.
  • World Down Syndrome Day Award in recognition of her efforts to change the lives and perceptions of people with Down syndrome.
  • Her book was nominated for the Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu prize which acknowledges Christian and theological publications in an official South African language.
  • The National Tribute award, which pays tribute to people with disabilities in South Africa who makes a difference in the lives of other people with disabilities.
  • The Optentia Award by the University of North West in South Africa in acknowledgement of the many contributions she has made in the Southern African context.
  • She was nominated twice as the Bloemfontein resident of the Year because of the work she is doing nationally and internationally to change perceptions of society about people with Intellectual disabilities.
  • The Premier of the Free State’s most outstanding youth Best Achiever Award on national and international level.

Shéri was a member of the Presidential Working group on Disabilities of South Africa. She has also been invited to be an ambassador for National Casual Day, to raise funds for people with disabilities.

In 2019 Nupur Chokshi, founder of Inspiration Matters, an online global community for people with disabilities which focuses on enrichment, and celebrates the strengths of all individuals with disabilities, from Boston USA, invited Shéri to become part of his initiative to empower his community by showing examples of people who have been through tough situations and have overcome these challenges.