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
She worked with 40 businesses as a self-employment adviser,
helping those with disabilities into roles or to start their
Helping those with disabilities had been an incredibly
rewarding career path, Mrs Sullivan-Grant said, one she fell
''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
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