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Shanna Whan

Founder and CEO, Sober in the Country
Shanna Whan, Founder and CEO, Sober in the Country

Shanna Whan is the rural woman, CEO, creator and founder Sober in the Country Ltd. She was awarded 2022 ”Australian of the Year” Local Hero for her relentless bravery, leadership, and life-saving advocacy in rural health. After overcoming her own lifelong battle from trauma-linked alcohol addiction in 2015, she vowed to step up and ‘do what she could with what she had’ to be part of the change that was so clearly and so desperately needed. Her work has since evolved into a nationally respected grassroots organisation changing and saving lives and preventing generational harm. Far from being anti-alcohol; the charity focuses on straight talk, peer support, social inclusion, and the #OK2SAYNO movement.