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


Delivered a motivational speech at Volkskool Heidelberg



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2013

Delivered a motivational speech at Volkskool Heidelberg Primary and Secondary schools: spoke to governing bodies and teachers of both schools, to open doors for Main stream education for learners with Down syndrome.

Delivered a motivational speech at Volkskool Heidelberg Primary School: Spoke to parents and learners at the opening ceremony of the school, to open doors for Main stream education for learners with Down syndrome.

Delivered a motivational speech at a Jagersfontein community efunction.

Speak to Speech therapy-students at the University of Cape Town.

Key note speaker at National Casual Day events, to help disabled people in South Africa, in Bloemfontein.

Delivered a motivational speech in Johannesburg to motivate the staff of “Insure Group holdings, Ltd”.

Delivered a motivational speech at a Heuwelkruin congregation at a women’s day function in Bloemfontein.

Delivered a motivational speech at the reformed church in Heidedal, Bloemfontein. The people who will attend are a support group for people with addictive behaviour and also the people themselves.

Key note speaker at the National Casual Day events, to help disabled people in South Africa, Johannesburg.

Delivered a motivational speech to learners and teachers of the secondary school Oranje in Bloemfontein at a leadership workshop, to open doors for Main stream education for learners with Down syndrome.

Delivered a motivational speech at the WAU conference, Vryburg, South Africa.

Speak to the ETV-students of the Department of Education of the University of the Free State in Afrikaans.

Speak to the ETI-students of the Department of Education of the University of the Free State in English.

Delivered a motivational speech in Faurismith at a school reunion function.

Deliver a key note speech during the International Down syndrome day conference at the United Nations, New York, USA.

Delivered a motivational speech to the WAU area conference, Heilbron.

Delivered a motivational speech at the morning services of the Sasolburg reformed congregation.

Delivered a motivational speech to the Nylstroom WAU conference.

Delivered a motivational speech at the Striata old age home in Bloemfontein.

Delivered a motivational speech at the “Spar Bloem Ladies” morning, as guest speaker for the day in Bloemfontein.

Delivered a motivational speech at a fundraising event for the Eureka School for Learners with Disabilities, Pretoria.

Delivered a motivational speech at a Ladies’ function of the APK Church, Bloemfontein.

Delivered a motivational speech at the following school in Secunda: Laerskool Goedehoop.

Delivered a motivational speech at the following school in Secunda: Laerskool Kruinpark.

Delivered a motivational speech at the following school in Secunda: Highveld Park School.

Delivered a motivational speech at the following school in Secunda: Laerskool Oranjegloed.

Delivered a motivational speech at an evening function for the community of Secunda.

Word of thanks to the Premier of the Free State for a special award, handed to her on the youth Day festivities, which was attended by more than 2 000 people in Bloemfontein.

Invited to visit Down syndrome International’s offices in Hampshire Court, outside London.

Delivered a speech to lecturers and students in at the University of Canterbury, outside London, UK.

Do the closing comment of a presentation at the Brighton Education Conference, UK.

Spoke at a leadership summed: Women in Leadership (WiL) at the Convention Centre, Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg.

Delivered a motivational speech at the Anglo American’s “Woman day” in Johannesburg.

Delivered a motivational speech at a matric farewell in the City Hall in Bloemfontein. Secondary School Heatherdale.

Delivered a motivational speech at Clifton Preparatory School in the Natal Midlands.

Delivered a motivational speech at Clifton Cowan House in the Natal Midlands.

Address the NG Church congregation in Reitz.

Delivered a motivational speech at a Queenstown community/church function.

Delivered a motivational speech at the festivities of National Health at the Potchefstroom University.

Sheri is invited by UNICEF to attend a youth summit in New York.

Delivered a motivational speech at a conference of Rennies Travel in Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

Delivered a motivational speech at a function of “Mrs Bloemfontein” in Bloemfontein.

Do a keynote at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory. They’re hosting an event in Johannesburg for mental health awareness.  

Sheri does a motivational speech at a Down syndrome conference in Cape Town.

2014

Delivered a motivational speech at the school opening, Fichardpark High School, Bloemfontein. About a thousand people attended.

Delivered a motivational speech at a community function in Guilford, near London.

Invited to the University of London for a follow up on the research work on the LonDownS project, of which Sheri became part in July 2013. She will also become part of a new research on “the brain function in people with Down syndrome.

Delivered a motivational speech 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, UK.

Delivered a motivational speech at to the learners of Dr Malan in Mayerton, Johannesburg.

Delivered a motivational speech at a WAU conference in Makwassie.

Delivered a motivational speech at a National Woman Day of prayer at a function held in Dewetsdorp

Delivered a motivational speech at a function for National Woman Day of prayer, held in the Dr Bumer Hall, Bloemfontein.

Deliver a key note speech at an ECD Conference in Johannesburg, Emperors’ Palace.

Delivered a motivational speech at a function of the “Voortekkers” to tell children about disabilities, Bloemfontein.

Deliver a key note speech at 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 will be present).

Deliver a key note speech at an Africa EDU Week Conference in the SANTON convention Centre, Johannesburg.

Deliver a motivational speech at a “woman-circle” in aide of “woman’s month”, Bloemfontein.

Delivered 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, in Durban.

Delivered a motivational speech at the “Boertjie Festival” in Bultfontein.

Delivered a motivational speech at a function in Lichtenburg.

Delivered a motivational speech at a community function in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Delivered a motivational speech at a mother and daughter function of Amelia girls hostel of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.

Delivered a motivational speech at a fundraising for charity for Mrs. Free State, Bloemfontein.

Do the main speech at Newton Primary school’s prize giving, in Kimberley.

Delivered a motivational speech in Brandfort at a community function.

Main speech at a woman’s function of the Universitas Church, Bloemfontein.

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

Deliver a main 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.

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.

Delivered a motivational speech at a function in Victoria Wes, Northern Cape. Community function.

Delivered a motivational speech at a function in Riebeekstad, attended by more than 300 people.

Delivered a motivational speech at the NG Church in Boshoff.

Delivered a key note speech at the international “Women in Academic Leadership” conference in Johannesburg.

Delivered the main speech at the birthday festivities of Kimberley Girls High in Kimberley.

Addressed two audiences of the National Rotary District Conference outside Bloemfontein.

Delivered a key note speech at a National Conference of the South African Principal’s association (SAPA) in Johannesburg.

Delivered a motivational speech at a community function in Burgersdorp.

Delivered a motivational speech at the Burgersdorp High School during assembly. After Sheri spoke aat the school, a contribution of R1 110.00 was made towards funds for Lettie Fouche School for learners with Special Needs.

Delivered a motivational speech at a ladies function for parents at Jim Fouche Primary school, Bloemfontein. After she spoke the ladies decided to collect money for Lettie Fouche after her speech and a contribution of R2700.00 was made toward the Lettie Fouche School for learners with Special Needs.

Delivered a motivational speech at the Jim Fouche Primary school, Bloemfontein.

Addressed the University Free State -Marketing staff.

Delivered a spotlight speech at the 2015 European Conference Series in Thistle Brighton, Brighton, UK.

Delivered a key note speech at a Free State Conference of the South African Principal’s association (SAPA) in Welkom.

Addressed all the learners and educators of Eunice Secondary School, Bloemfontein during their assembly period.

Delivered a presentation at the Panchayat in India, about the role she plays as an ambassador to DSi and person with Down syndrome in South Africa.

Delivered a key note during the opening ceremonies, at the International Down Syndrome Congress in India, which is held every three years. She also carried the official flag of DSi during the opening and closing ceremonies, as international ambassador of all people with Down syndrome.

Addressed the Annual General Meeting of the SA Federation for Mental Health in Johannesburg.

Delivered a speech at a fundraising function for the Jenny Schneider special school in Klerksdorp.

Delivered a motivational speech to the Afrikaans third year students, of the Education Faculty of the University of the Free State.

Delivered a motivational speech to the English third year students, of the Education Faculty of the University of the Free State.

Delivered a speech at a fund raising function in aid of children in an orphanage in Bloemfontein.

Delivered a speech at a fund raising function in aid of the High School “Noord Kaap” in Kimberley.

Delivered a speech at a community function in Parys, Free State.

Delivered a speech at function at Moolmanshoek, Free State, to raise awareness about people with Down syndrome.

Delivered a key note speech at the First South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion, which will be held in Vanderbijlpark.

Delivered public lecture at the Department of Education Leadership and Management institute of the University of Johannesburg in Soweto.

Delivered a speech at an assembly of the Castle Bridge School (disadvantaged) in Bloemfontein.

Delivered a speech at the Annual General Meeting, of Yonder (Centre for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities) in Kimberley.

Delivered a motivational speech at a function of the High School in Middelburg, Cape Province.

Addressed the learners and teachers of the Kgato Primary School in the townships of Bloemfontein.

Delivered a paper at the 2015 South African Education Research Association (SAERA) Conference (the biggest education conference in South Africa) about Down syndrome.

Address a conference of Transem, manufacturers of quality dairy product and fruit juices in the Thaba Tshwene Lodge, in Hartebeesfontein.

Address the school children in the morning and in the evening the prize giving function of the Witrivier Primary School in Mpumalanga.

Delivered a motivational speech at a function for disadvantaged woman (woman on wheels) in Heidedal.

Address the medical staff at the Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.

Up to the end of 2015: Sheri has given around 420 motivational speeches, while she is working full time as assistant teacher at Lettie Fouche School for the mentally handicapped.

2016

29 January: Addressed a national motivational workshop and function of an institution with learners with different disabilities in Krugersdorp.

30 January: Addressed a motivational workshop and function of the business: Incredible Door, in Biekie Bos, near Meyerton.

5 February: Delivered a motivational speech at the Stutterheim. High School in the morning.

5 February: Delivered a motivational speech at a community function in Stutterheim in the evening.

24 February: Addressed a conference of a woman organization in Hobhouse.

4 March: Delivered a motivational speech at Empangeni High School and a Remedial school in Empangeni.

5 March: Addressed a National Conference for woman of the reformed church in Empangeni, Natal.

11 March: Addressed the IBSC (International Boys Schools' Coalition) Conference in Johannesburg. She did the main speech during the gala dinner.

17 March: Addressed the Cheethas (Free State Rugby team) during a motivational session before a big match.

18 March: Addressed d a Down syndrome awareness day function at the Bloemfontein Psychiatric Complex in Bloemfontein.

16 April: Delivered a motivational speech at a fundraising function for the Predentia Youth Centre in Kroonstad.

23 April: Delivered a motivational speech at a fundraising function for an old age home in Kimberley.

4 May: Delivered a motivational speech at Konika Minolta Business Solutions in Bloemfontein awards dinner 2016.

7 May: Delivered a motivational speech at a community function in Lichtenburg.

8 May Delivered a motivational speech at a mother’s day function in a church in Lichtenburg.

20 May Delivered a motivational speech at a fundraising function at Fan Court, for a Down syndrome body “Up with Downs” in George, Western Cape Province.

27 May: Invited to address the graduation ceremonies of the Boston College in Kimberley.

28 May: Invited to address a community function in Garsfontein, Pretoria.

28 May: Delivered a motivational speech to the youth of the Garsfontein congregation.

30 May: Guest speaker on television (KykNet), on Die Groot Ontbyt.

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

25 June: Deliver a key note at a conference: ’Support 4 learning’ in Botswana.

26 June: Deliver a motivational address at an informal coffee morning with Down syndrome parents in Botswana.

27 June: Address the Thornhill School teachers in Botswana.

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

30 July: Invited to address a community function of the Reformed church of Carltonville.

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

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

17 September: 30 July: Invited to address a community function of the Reformed church of Edenvale

23 September: Invited to address a festival for disabled artists in Melkbosstrand near Cape Town.

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".

29 October: Invited to address a function of the reformed church in Van Stadensrust.

CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENTS

2012/2014: Sheri passes an audition and plays in the TV production Binnelanders.

She plays in 8 episodes in 2012 and again 8 in episodes in 2014. It was a real speaking/acting role.

She is currently preparing for a two-man show which was evaluated and accepted by a panel of judges, to be performed at the Art Festival in Bloemfontein.

Sheri wrote a book about her life and with the help of the writer Maretha Maartens the manuscript is currently being evaluated by the publishers.


  • BALLET

1990-1994: Elna van der Walt School of Ballet

Passed two ballet examinations and participated in two concerts



  • PIANO

1993-2001: Taught by Susan Hattingh. Following Susan’s tragic death in an accident, Shéri lost the desire to play the piano.



Free State Eisteddfod, category for learners with special education needs:

1999/ 2001: Piano solo: 2 A++



  • SPEECH AND DRAMA

1992-1997: Petro Muller Studio

1998-2013: Elsa Krantz Studio

1997 to 2000: Awarded the Martie du Plessis School trophy for Speech and Drama

1999 and 2000: Martie du Plessis School colours for national speech and drama achievements

Free State Eisteddfod:

1995 - 2011: Received a total number of 9 A+ and 20 A++ symbols.



Randburg Eisteddfod (national competition hailed as best in South Africa):

Countrywide category for learners with special education needs:

1999: Dramatised prose and Poem: A++ (94%) and A++ (98%)



Shéri won the prize for the highest percentage in the category for learners with special education needs at a national level. She received the prize in Randburg and was the first learner with special education needs to participate in the gala evening.

2000: Dramatised prose and Poem: A++ (96%) and A++ (98%)



Again, Shéri won the prize for the highest percentage in the category for learners with special education needs at a national level. She received the prize in Randburg and again participated in the gala event.

2001: Dramatised prose and Poem: A++ (98%) and A++ (96%)



For a third time, Shéri won the prize for the highest percentage in the category for learners with special education needs at a national level. She received the prize in Randburg and again participated in the gala event.

After 2001 she left school and could no longer participate. The prizes above are remarkable, as none of the other learners who participated and won prizes in the same category were mentally handicapped.



MEDIA

1993: Sarie Moederskap

1998: Finesse

1999: TV programme on SABC2 about inclusive education

2000: Huisgenoot article about achievements in the ordinary school system

2001: Huisgenoot article about the trauma of her father’s death

2004: Radio talk on RSG about being handicapped

2005: Volksblad article about extraordinary achievements at eisteddfods

Radio talk on Radio Rosestad about being handicapped



2007: Article in Passie about the achievements of a child with Down syndrome despite mental constraints

2008: Article in Finesse about a child with Down syndrome who has never become discouraged

2009: Radio talk on RSG about being a person with Down syndrome achieving a diploma

Radio talk on Radio Metro about the life of a person with Down syndrome in the academic world, and what one can achieve despite problems

Article in Sibaleni nathi, a magazine focusing on people with Down syndrome, about being the first person with Down syndrome to receive a diploma

Articles in the papers Volksblad, Die Burger and Beeld on achieving a diploma as a person with Down syndrome

Article in the paper Express on achieving a diploma as a person with Down syndrome

Article in the paper Voices of Change on achieving a diploma as a person with Down syndrome



Huisgenoot and YOU article about achieving a diploma as a person with Down syndrome

Articles in the papers Volksblad, Die Burger and Beeld on achieving a prestige award from the South African Down Syndrome Association for the highest academic achievement by a person with Down syndrome in South Africa

Headline story in Volksblad (3 August) headed “Hemelkindjie bekoor kongres” about speech Shéri delivered at NAPTOSA’s annual meeting in Kimberley

Guest on the television actuality programme Kwêla, broadcast on kykNET, which was consequently selected one of the three episodes that elicited the greatest response in the ten-year existence of the programme

Article in a Western Gauteng paper Your City on Shéri’s performance at an Old Mutual gala event, in which the author states that her speech was more inspiring than all the previous speakers’, including Gary Teichman, Christo Wiese and Dr Marius Barnard

2010: Article and photo in Ons Stad on a speech given at Excelsior

Half-page article in Ons Stad about a speech given at a ladies’ club

Article on disability in Mail and Guardian

Article in Sibaleni nathi, a magazine focusing on people with Down syndrome, about being the Down Syndrome Achiever of the Year

Article in Sibaleni nathi about her speech at the Down Syndrome Awareness Day in Johannesburg

Full-page article in Ons Stad about her nomination as Bloemfontein Resident of the Year

More articles in Ons Stad about her achievements

Article in Vuk'uzenzele, a government magazine




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