Local Hero Award 'best compliment'

Cecilia Sullivan-Grant holds up the medal she was awarded as a Kiwibank Local Hero. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Cecilia Sullivan-Grant holds up the medal she was awarded as a Kiwibank Local Hero. Photo by Linda Robertson.

It was a day of surprise and delight for Cecilia Sullivan-Grant when she received a call to tell her she had won a Kiwibank Local Hero Award, the same day she welcomed her first grandchild in to the world.

''It was the best compliment I had ever received, I felt incredibly flattered and humbled,'' Mrs Sullivan-Grant said.

The award was given to Mrs Sullivan-Grant for the 14 years she had dedicated to helping the severely disabled find meaningful employment.

She worked with 40 businesses as a self-employment adviser, helping those with disabilities into roles or to start their own businesses.

Helping those with disabilities had been an incredibly rewarding career path, Mrs Sullivan-Grant said, one she fell in to.

''I have learnt so much. These people live their life at a different angle and have proven to be incredibly creative. I feel lucky to have been in a situation where I could be helpful.''

Having the disabled engaged in the workplace was beneficial to all because it improved a person's health and offered a unique and creative viewpoint to employers, she said.

- Liam Macandrew

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