HILLMAN mother Sandra Casey was one of two state finalists in the Barnardos Australia Mother of the Year awards.
She travelled back to Perth from holidays in Sydney for the awards last Friday.
Although she did not win, she was honoured to be selected as a finalist out of thousands of nominations.
“I am nothing special – I am just a mum with two adult children,” she said.
“But it’s nice to be acknowledged for what I do.”
Ms Casey was nominated by her daughter Bek for dedicating her life to educating and supporting children with behavioural issues.
Ms Casey was a teenage single mother who raised her two children while working.
Bek said her mother had supported her through cancer, operations and dealing with depression.
Ms Casey is the deputy principal at Safety Bay High School and her focus is on behaviour management.
“My passion is to give kids the skills they need to be the best they can be,” she said.
“They are our future and their social and emotional wellbeing is so important.
“I believe every child needs a champion – someone who will look out for them and believe in them.
“I try to give children the vocabulary to express how they are feeling.”
Andrea Rosel from Millbridge won the state finals and is a finalist in the national awards ceremony on May 5, in time for Mother’s Day.