Whyalla’s Mikayla Herbert wins Novita Achievement Award

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Mikayla Herbert’s passion for supporting young people living with disability to lead fulfilling lives has been recognised with a Novita Achievement Award.

The 17-year-old Whyalla student was named this year’s winner of the Margory Head Achievement Award at the annual presentation ceremony following last month’s Novita Annual General Meeting.

The award honours 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 is awarded each year to a Novita client aged between 12 and 18 who has overcome significant challenges to be able to achieve their personal goals so they can 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.

Recently she has been actively involved in identifying personal goals such as buying a car and getting her drivers’ license. She also has a passion for cooking and has been studying a school-supported hospitality course.

Mikayla has also been helping the Whyalla team to set up, and sometimes attend as a support worker, Novita’s cooking groups for local kids living with disability.

Her commitment to her own development, as well as her passion for supporting others, makes Mikayla a worthy winner of the Margory Head Achievement Award.