Curriculum vitae shéri brynard only person with Down syndrome with a diploma in education (Educare) in the world. March 2016



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Sheri was been nominated for the “ORDER OF BAOBAB”. The Order of the Baobab is a South African honour and is granted by the President of South Africa. This Order is to be awarded to South African citizens for distinguished service. The service awarded is well above and beyond the ordinary call of duty. It is an award for exceptional and distinguished categories.


  • Sheri was invited by Gopal Mitra of UNICEF in New York, to attend a youth summit (Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities), which is being hosted by UNICEF in New York.



    • Sheri was invited to do a keynote at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory. They’re hosting an event in Johannesburg for mental health awareness. Her co-speaker is Prof J Jansen, rector of the University of the Free State.



    • Sheri was a finalist for a National Disability Award, 2013. Invited to the Award function on 2 December in Port Elizabeth.

    2014

    30 January Sheri was again part of the following research done in London:

    With the Down syndrome population now approaching eight million, it is important to understand the nature and cause of the AD-like dementia that can occur in this syndrome. The aim is to understand dementia in Down syndrome at the neurological, cognitive, behavioral, cellular and genetic levels, which will also inform our general understanding of Alzheimer's disease.



    February: Sheri played an acting role in the TV production “Binneland” again.

    26 January: She visit London and speak to the community in Guilford.

    31 January: Sheri speaks at a secondary private school outside London, at assembly, to motivate the learners to make the best of their opportunities.  The name of the school is: Lord Wandsworth College and it is in Hampshire.

    February: Sheri met with two ladies from the UK, Sunette Oosthuizen and Kathy Riov. They want Sheri to speak to the “Special Olympics” team of the UK and also talk at different schools in the UK to try to change perceptions about people with intellectual disabilities.

    15 May: She did a key note speech at an ECD and Learner Inclusion conference in Johannesburg, Emperors’ Palace.

    26 June: Invitation to the Childs World Conference in Wales (UK) to give the main Conference Banquet keynote presentation (at which all delegates, senior university staff and external guests was present).
    9 July: Invited to do a key note speech at a he International Africa EDU Week Conference in the SANTON convention Centre, Johannesburg.

    27 August: Sheri does a key note at the “Conference for woman with disabilities” organised by the The Deputy Minister for the Department of Social Development, Hon. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, who hosted the Conference.

    11-13 December: Deliver a paper at an “Education Symposium” in Oxford, UK. First time ever for a person with Down syndrome.

    When in London again: Invited to speak to the learners of the St Georges College, an independent secondary school in Weybridge and at their Clubhouse, a brand new day service facility for SLD young adults, based in a secluded corner on the campus of St Georges College.

    2015

    21 January: Delivered a speech at a function for international guests and invited speakers at Israel Elwyn’s Harry and Jeanette Weiberg Retree Center for seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Jerusalem.

    22 January: Delivered a paper at 4th International Conference on Pediatric Chronic Diseases, Disability and Human Development (ICCD), in Jerusalem, Israel. First time ever for a person with Down syndrome.

    25/26 March: Sheri delivered a speech at the international “Women in Academic Leadership” conference in Johannesburg.

    26 April she spoke at the Rotary District Conference outside Bloemfontein.

    1-5 July: Delivered a spotlight speech at the 2015 European Conference Series in Thistle Brighton, Brighton, UK. First time ever for a person with Down syndrome.

    18 August: Delivered a key note speech at the Panchayat session for adults with Down syndrome at the International Down Syndrome Congress in India.

    19 August: Delivered a key note during the opening ceremonies, at the International Down Syndrome Congress in India, which is held every three years.

    2 October: Sheri delivered a key note speech at the First South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion, which was held in Potchefstroom.

    2 October: Sheri was awarded the Optentia Award at the First South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion, which was held in Van der Bijl Park.

    The Optentia award acknowledges the contributions of individuals and institutions that show virtuous behaviour in the Southern African context. Virtuous behaviour has three characteristics: • Human impact: associated with flourishing and moral character, human strength, self-control, and resilience, and with meaningful human purpose. • Moral goodness: represents what is good, right, and worthy of cultivation. • Social betterment: produces benefit to others regardless of reciprocity or reward.

    12 October: Sheri delivered a “public lecture” with Prof Philip Hallinger of the USA and Thailand in Johannesburg, on the Soweto campus van die University of Johannesburg. This was organised by the Department of Education Leadership and Management and the Education Leadership Institute of the University of Johannesburg

    29 October: Delivered a paper at the 2015 South African Education Research Association (SAERA) Conference (the biggest education conference in South Africa). First time ever for a person with Down syndrome.

    2016
    She addressed the IBSC (International Boys Schools' Coalition) Conference which takes place from 10-12 March 2016 in Johannesburg.

    12-16 July: She qualified to act in a two person production, at the Free State Art Festival on the campus of the University of the Free State

    20-22 June: Invited to address the World Conference on Community Nursing in Cape Town.

    25 June: Invited to address an Education conference on 25 June in Botswana.

    5-7 August: Invited to do a key note speech at the 10th European Down syndrome Congress in Istanbul.

    15-17 August: Invited as renowned speaker to the World nursing and healthcare Conference in London, UK.

    17-19 October: She will deliver a key note speech at the "9th Euro Nursing and Medicare Summit” which is going to be held at Rome, Italy from 17-19th October 2016 with the theme "Exploring latest innovations in nursing and healthcare".
    COURSES AND CONFERENCES

    2009 Attended a three-day snap course presented by Annalize van Rijswijk on the stimulation of autistic children

    Represented the Free State province at a conference for people with Down syndrome in Cape Town. The conference was presented in English by facilitators from Denmark and Ireland. The aim was to encourage people with intellectual disabilities to talk about themselves and their problems.



    2010 March: Attended a course for teachers and therapists who work with children with autism

    May: Attended a course for teachers in Bloemfontein on how to manage discipline in the classroom

    Included in a team tasked with the implementation of the international self-advocacy movement in the Free State. Appointed as facilitator to assist adults with Down syndrome to be aware of their rights and to make their voices heard.

    2011 February: Do the keynote speech at an Inclusion Conference supported by the Department of Basic Education in Johannesburg

    23 September: Delivered the opening address at the National Conference on Nursing

    29 September: Delivered an address at the National Conference on Early Childhood Development Training

    26 October: Delivered the opening address at the national South African Neuro-developmental Therapy Association (SANDTA) Conference for Occupational and Physiotherapists



    2012 27 August: Delivered opening address at the Annual National Speech Therapy and Audiology Forum, Bloem Spa Hotel

    25 October: Keynote speaker at the Health and Welfare Sectoral Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) annual general meeting



    2013 5 August: Speaks at a leadership summed: Women in Leadership (WiL) at the Convention Centre, Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg.

    23 September: Sheri has been invited by Gopal Mitra of UNICEF in New York, to attend a youth summit (Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities), which is being hosted by UNICEF in New York.

    8/9 October: Invited to speak at a conference of Rennies Travel in Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

    2014 5 March: Main speaker at a WAU conference for the Northern Province, in Makwassie.

    15 May: Do a key note speech at an ECD and Learner Inclusion conference in Johannesburg, Emperors’ Palace.



    26 June: Invitation to the Childs World Conference in Wales (UK) to give the main Conference Banquet keynote presentation (at which all delegates, senior university staff and external guests was present).

    -9 July: Do a key note speech at the International Africa EDU Week Conference in the SANTON convention Centre, Johannesburg.

    -27 August: Sheri does a key note at the “Conference for woman with disabilities” organised by the The Deputy Minister for the Department of Social Development, Hon. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, who hosted the Conference.

    11-13 December: Delivered a paper at an “Education Symposium” in Oxford, UK. First time ever for a person with Down syndrome.



    2015

    Attended 12 international and national conferences as key note speaker.



    2016

    Attended and will attend six international conferences.



    CAREER

    1. Appointed as assistant at Smiley Kids Nursery School in Bloemfontein

      1. Student at Motheo College

    2007-2016 Assistant teacher at the pre-primary school of the Lettie Fouché Centre in Bloemfontein

    2010-2014 Has acted as facilitator, with the help of a team, to implement the self-advocacy movement in the Free State

    Included in a research project of the University of the Free State, which aims to assist all learners with learning disabilities



    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT in Detail: Sheri Brynard

    1996-April 2016

    Motivational speaker: Sheri has spoken more than 400 times all over South Africa, New York, Canterbury, London Jerusalem and Wales. The invitations are still coming in nearly every day.

    1996 Guest speaker at Petrusburg High School: “How I experience my handicap”

    1998 Guest speaker on the same topic at the Nellie Swart Ladies’ Club, and also recited a poem

    Played a piano solo and recited a poem at a morning tea for ladies hosted by the Wilgehof-West congregation, Bloemfontein.

    Participated in the Kovsies Community Development and Outreach Programme (KOVSGEM) charity concert hosted at Martie du Plessis High School, Bloemfontein.

    1999 Guest speaker at a number of Women’s Agricultural Union branches in Bloemfontein and surrounds, where she also recited poems

    Participated in the KOVSGEM charity concert hosted at Martie du Plessis High School, Bloemfontein.

    Guest speaker at a number of churches, where she also recited poems

    2000 Participated in the KOVSGEM charity concert in the Sand du Plessis Theatre, cast in the part of Queen Elizabeth II of England, Bloemfontein.

    Guest speaker at the University of the Free State Ladies’ Club, and also recited a poem



    2001 Speaker at the Dutch Reformed Church, Winburg

    Speaker at a ladies’ tea hosted at Martie du Plessis High School, Bloemfontein.

    Speaker at a business women’s breakfast sponsored by SANLAM, Johannesburg.

    Interviewed by the radio station RSG about being a handicapped member of an otherwise non-handicapped family

    Speaker at a student breakfast hosted at the university residence Sonnedou, University of the Free State

    Speaker at a parents’ evening hosted at Martie du Plessis High School, Bloemfontein.

    Speaker at a women’s day hosted by President Brand Primary School, Bloemfontein.

    Guest speaker at the annual congress of the Insurance Institute of South Africa, Bloemfontein.



    2006 Keynote speaker at a fundraising function at Fancourt, George, attended by a variety of guests

    2007 Keynote speaker at a ladies’ morning at Jim Fouchè High School in Bloemfontein

    2008

    Keynote speaker at a motivational evening hosted by the Hospital Park Dutch Reformed Church in Bloemfontein

    Motivational speaker at a ladies’ morning hosted at Tweespruit, and also recited two poems

    Recited two poems at a concert hosted at Striata retirement village in Bloemfiontein

    Keynote speaker at a conference of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) Free State, hosted in Bloemfontein




    Keynote speaker at the Women’s World Day of Prayer at the Heuwelkruin Dutch Reformed in Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at the Women’s World Day of Prayer at the Heuwelkruin Dutch Reformed Church, Bloemfontein

    Keynote speaker at a meeting hosted for the women of the Free State Agricultural Association, Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a men’s evening to raise funds for learners with special needs at Lettie Fouché School in Bloemfontein.

    Keynote speaker at a NAPTOSA Northen Cape conference, Kimberley.

    Motivational speaker at Dr Brümer School in Bloemfontein function to motivate learners to work and study.

    Motivational speaker at a morning tea function at Olympia School in Heidedal to raise funds for the school.

    Keynote speaker at a gala evening themed “Never give up” hosted by Old Mutual in Lichtenburg, planned around Shéri.

    Motivational speaker at the year-end function of the Elna van der Walt Ballet School in Bloemfontein.

    Presented prizes at a games day for intellectually disabled people in Bloemfontein.

    Keynote speaker at a Standard Bank golf day for the Free State district in Bloemfontein.

    Speaker at a ladies’ event in Reddersburg, motivating audience never to give up and to make the best of their situation





    Keynote and motivational speaker at staff function of SANLAM Northern Cape area, Upington.

    Motivational speaker at Excelsior Ladies’ Club.

    Motivational speaker at Lux Mundi Church in Pretoria.

    Motivational speaker at a function of Heuwelsig Church in Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at Nellie Swart Ladies’ Club Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a Voortrekker meeting in Bloemfontein.

    Main speaker at the National Down syndrome Awareness Day in Johannesburg.

    Motivational speaker at a religious function of the residence Roosmaryn, University of the Free State.

    Motivational speaker at staff meeting of SANLAM Western Cape area, Cape Town.

    Motivational speaker at South African congregation in London, United Kingdom, as a person with Down syndrome who has never given up.

    Motivational speaker at SANLAM conference in Johannesburg, attended by delegates from across the country.

    Motivational speaker at a fundraising function of Kroonstad High School

    Motivational speaker at the launch of self-advocacy in the Free State in Bloemfontein, which movement she will facilitate in the province. This is an international initiative through which Shéri will assist other adults with Down syndrome to become less dependent and more aware of their rights.

    Delivered address to final-year students in Occupational Therapy, University of the Free State, at the invitation of the Head of Department: Occupational Therapy.

    Motivational speaker at a ladies’ day, Petrusburg.

    Motivational speaker at a conference of the Women’s Agricultural Union (WAU), Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a youth summit at Sentraal High School in Bloemfontein.

    Keynote speaker at a Liberty Life seminar, Kroonstad.

    Motivational Keynote speaker at a SANLAM provincial meeting in Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at Eunice High School’s father-and-daughter evening in Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at SANLAM ladies’ function, Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at the Baptist Church function in Bloemfontein.

    Keynote speaker at a diversity day presented by SANLAM, Johannesburg.

    Delivered a motivational address to some 200 fourth-year students of the Faculty of Education, University of the Free State.

    Motivational speaker at a ladies’ function in Bultfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a church fundraising event, Kimberley.

    Motivational speaker at a school fundraising function, Jacobsdal.

    Keynote speaker at a staff motivational session for SANLAM Bloemfontein area, Bloemfontein.

    Keynote speaker at a staff motivational session for SANLAM North West and Central areas, Thaba Nchu.

    Motivational speaker at a church function for ladies, Woodland Hills in Bloemfontein.



    2011

    Motivational speaker at the Potchefstroom-based university residence Vergeet-my-Nie’s mother-and-daughter weekend in Bloemfontein.

    Keynote speaker at a conference on inclusive education, Johannesburg.

    Motivational speaker at the WAU conference, Wesselsbron.

    Motivational speaker at the National Prayer Day for Women at the Woodland Hills congregation in Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a ladies’ camp of the Dutch Reformed Church Pretoria East.

    Guest speaker and part of the main procession at the nine graduation ceremonies of the University of the Free State, addressing an audience of more than 20 000 people over three days.

    Motivational speaker at a fundraising function for Down syndrome (Popcorn Kids), Johannesburg.

    Motivational speaker at the annual meeting of Aurora Centre, Free State in Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a motivational afternoon at Webbers Attorneys, Bloemfontein.

    Speaker at the Down syndrome International offices outside London.

    Advocated for the rights of people with Down syndrome at Hyde Park (London).

    Motivational speaker at a function of Ladies Club 100, in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered keynote address to 2 500 matric learners at the winter school for Grade 12s presented by the Free State Technikon.

    Guest speaker at the opening function of Jim Fouché Secondary School, Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a ladies’ morning in Pelissier, Bloemfontein.

    Guest speaker at a motivational morning of Willem Postma Primary Schoo in Bloemfontein.

    Guest speaker at an evening for stars in Kathu.

    Motivational speaker at a ladies’ morning hosted by Wilgehof Dutch Reformed Church, Bloemfontein.

    Delivered address to English-speaking students in Special Education Needs at the invitation of the Faculty of Education, University of the Free State.

    Keynote speaker at a motivational morning of UNISA, Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a ladies’ morning, Hoopstad.

    Delivered address to Afrikaans-speaking students in Special Education Needs at the invitation of the Faculty of Education, University of the Free State.

    Keynote speaker at the Night of Stars fundraising event of Martie du Plessis High Schoo in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered opening address at the National Conference for People in the Nursing Profession, Black Mountain.

    Speaker at the National Conference for Teachers in ECD, University of the Free State.

    Delivered opening address at the spring school for Grade 12s presented by Free State Technikon, Bloemfontein, attended by more than 1 000 learners from across the province.

    Motivational speaker at a motivational morning of Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Doxa Deo Church, Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a school prize-giving ceremony at Queenstown College for Girls.

    Motivational speaker at a function for the community of Cradock.

    Delivered an address at the SANDTA Conference for Occupational and Physiotherapists in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered vote of thanks at the awards ceremony of the Hamlet Foundation, Johannesburg, for people who have made a contribution to the lives of mentally handicapped people in South Africa.

    Motivational speaker at a ladies’ morning in Christiana.

    Motivational speaker at a fundraising event in Douglas.

    Motivational speaker at Fauna Primary School, Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a fundraising event in Kroonstad.

    Motivational speaker at the year-end function of businessmen in Bloemfontein.

    Keynote speaker at a conference hosted by the Department of Education for delegates of the Department as well as school principals of the Free State, in Bloemfontein.

    Keynote speaker at a gala function for the national winners of the Young Entrepreneurs Competition presented by SA Breweries in Bloemfontein.

    2012

    Motivational speaker at a community and church function, Langebaan.

    Motivational speaker at the Southern Africa area conference (covering nine countries) of Countrywomen of the World, to be hosted in Maseru Lesotho. Countrywomen of the World is the world’s largest organisation for rural woman, with more than nine million members across 72 countries.

    Motivational speaker at SANLAM event, Klerksdorp.

    Live interview for the TV programme Sistahood in Johannesburg.

    Sheri was invited to do an audition for the TV soap Binnelanders, following which she was cast, requiring her to study her script and act in front of the camera like all other actors.

    Motivational speaker at women’s function of a congregation in Bloemfontein.

    Motivational speaker at a community function in Welkom.

    Motivational speaker at a meeting of businessmen, Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech during a sermon of Kroonstad Dutch Reformed congregation.

    Delivered a motivational speech to Fichardpark Dutch Reformed congregation in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech to Education students at University of the Free State.

    Motivational speaker at a Presbyterial meeting of the Dutch Reformed Church in the Eastern Free State, Harrismith.

    Motivational speaker at a fundraising function, Diamantveld, Kimberley.

    Motivational speaker during a sermon of the Dutch Reformed Church, Verkeerdevlei.

    Delivered a motivational speech at Calvinia High School.

    Delivered a motivational speech at Hantam High School in Calvinia.

    Delivered a motivational speech at a community function, Calvinia.

    Delivered a motivational speech at the Reformed Church, Genl De Wet, in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech at the Reformed Church, Universitas, in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech to the learners of the agricultural school in Jacobsdal.

    Delivered a motivational speech at school fundraising event, Pretoria.

    Delivered a motivational speech at Trinity Methodist Church, Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech at South African Teachers’ Union (SAOU) meeting for teachers at Aldam Estate.

    Delivered a motivational speech at Dealsville community gathering.

    Delivered a motivational address to Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NOCCI), Kimberley.

    Delivered a motivational speech at community function in Odendaalsrus.

    Delivered a motivational speech at Dr Visser School’s assembly in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech at Langenhovenpark congregation morning tea in Bloemfontein.

    Acted as Women’s Day speaker at Oranje School for Girls in Bloemfontein.

    Speaker at a morning tea for women at Tempe Military Base in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational address at mother-and-daughter morning of the university residence Vergeet-My-Nie in Bloemfontein.

    Sheri does the opening key note speech at the Down syndrome international conference.

    Delivered a motivational speeches at previously disadvantaged schools in the vicinity of Cape Town, including Ocean View, Marine Primary and LSEN, as well as at a Montessori school near Cape Town.

    Delivered a motivational speech at a community evening, Hopetown.

    Delivered opening address at the Annual National Speech Therapy and Audiology Forum, Bloem Spa Hotel in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech at a morning for women themed “With confidence comes success”, Pretoria.

    Delivered a motivational speech at the two morning services of the Pellisier congregation in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech to assisted Club 21 (Hero Foundation) to raise money for the education of learners with Down syndrome, Johannesburg.

    Delivered a motivational speech at a community function, Bethlehem.

    Delivered a motivational speech at area conference for Ladies Actuality, George.

    Delivered a motivational speech to change perceptions about people with handicaps, Wesselsbron.

    Spoke at a mother-daughter evening, Bloemfontein Primary School

    Delivered keynote address at HWSETA annual general meeting, Kimberley

    Spoke at Lettie Fouché evening fundraising event in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech at Fichardpark Secondary School in Bloemfontein, a mother-and-daughter event.

    Delivered a motivational speech at Retha Pool Drama School farewell function in Bloemfontein.

    Delivered a motivational speech at a Koppies community function.

    Delivered a motivational speech at a SANTAM conference, Bloemfontein

    Spoke at the Paediatric Department, Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein, during a motivational morning for doctors and staff.

    Delivered a motivational speech a meeting of schools and governing bodies in Middelburg, Gauteng.



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