Henrietta is an Elder of the Gimuy Walubara clan of the Yidinji people and Traditional Owner of the land on which the City of Cairns is now located. Henrietta was listed among the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence for 2014 for her work in public policy, appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 2018 and presented with a Queensland Greats Award for her contribution in Education and Cultural Heritage.