Congratulations to our NSW finalist - Karina Elliott.
Nominated by her friend, Camara Holland.
Karina Elliott has faced many challenges in life, including losing her hearing as a toddler. Through many years of therapy, Karina relearnt how to talk, lip read and use hearing devices to communicate before discovering the language and culture that she now calls home, Auslan (Australian Sign Language). She learnt to advocate for herself and now, as a Deaf single mother of 4, she is passionate about giving kids a voice.
Karina enjoys home-schooling her children (aged 12, 11 and 9) and has taught them Auslan to enable her family to communicate through sign language. She also teaches Auslan to help others communicate with the Deaf community.
18 months ago, she also welcomed a Deaf foster child (aged 8) into her family for long-term care.
Karina was nominated by her friend, Camara Holland.
“Karina faces every challenge with determination and loves to give generously of herself,” says Camara.
“Her incredible children are testament to her love and care. She's the type of person that will drop everything for a person in need and has a home where she welcomes everyone –including all the children from the neighbourhood!
“She loves to advocate for the deaf community and teaches Auslan to anyone who wants to learn,” Camara says. “She is absolute gold!”