Shanna Whan is a rural woman and now nationally recognised personality pioneering unprecedented social impact & change around alcohol awareness, education and change in rural and remote Australia - and it's saving lives.

She doesn't like words like guru, influencer, or expert - because she's a self-described ''garden variety recovered alcoholic'' who was one of the luckiest to come back from the brink after a lifetime of using alcohol to escape trauma. 

Her philosophy - and now SITC's charity philosophy - is deeply rooted in the famous Desmond Tutu quote that ''there comes a time when we need to stop pulling people out of the river when they've already drowned - and go upstream and find out why they're falling in.''

 

Shanna is using a national rural network, an authentic voice and lived experience to go upstream to catch an entire overlooked demographic of hard working, rural men and women who (like her) face the enormous challenge of overcoming addiction in permanent isolation while also going in preventatively at a grassroots level to ensure the next generations are aware of what hers was not.

 

Shanna has been officially recognised as a nominee / finalist in:

> ProBono Australia ''Top 25 impact'' winner (2021)

> Nominee for Australian of the Year (Local Hero) in 2020 + 2021

> Regional Woman of the Year (Finalist) 2020

> SHINE Volunteer of the Year (2018)

> AgriFutures Rural Woman of the Year (2017)

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The Sober in the Country Ltd charity is grateful for seed-funding in 2020 from these extraordinary donors.