A passion for supporting young people living with disability to lead fulfilling lives has been recognised with Whyalla's Mikayla Herbert winning a prestigious Novita Achievement Award.
The 17-year-old Samaritan College student was named the 2019 winner of the Margory Head Achievement Award at the recent Novita Annual General Meeting.
The award is presented in honour of Margory Head, who dedicated more than 40 years of her life to improve the lives of kids living with disability in regional South Australia.
It's awarded every year to a Novita client aged between 12 and 18 who has overcome significant challenges to be able to achieve their personal goals in order to fully participate in the community.
Nominated by Novita's Whyalla therapy team, Mikayla lives with intellectual disability and works closely with her speech pathologist and occupational therapist to improve her communication and life skills.
In recent times she has been actively involved in identifying personal goals such as buying a car, getting her drivers' licence, and going out with her friends. She also has a passion for cooking, and has been studying a school-supported hospitality course.
Mikayla has been helping the Whyalla team to set up, and sometimes attend as a support person, the cooking groups organised for local kids living with disability.
Novita's Chief Executive Officer Greg Ward says: "Mikayla's commitment to her own development, as well as supporting others, makes her a worthy winner of the Margory Head Achievement Award".
A full list of the 2019 Novita Achievement Award winners can be found at: https://www.novita.org.au/news/2019-achievement-awards/