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Shanna Whan is the rural woman, CEO, creator and founder Sober in the Country Ltd. In 2022 she was awarded ''Australian of the Year Local Hero'' winner and also Marie Claire's Women of the Year winner (for the Advocate of the Year category) in recognition of 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.