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“Off the Cuff” with Bronwen Healy, Founder of HOPE Foundation

Bronwen Healy

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA―As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Hope Foundation, Bronwen Healy’s mission is to help women wanting to be free from addiction and/or the sex industry. A former heroin addict and sex worker, Bronwen established and launched the charity in 2007 to help other women transform their lives. Bronwen set up the Hope Haven―a drop-in space for Hope Chicks under the Foundation’s umbrella. She drives a program of fundraising, events, counselling and services, including the development of a high school-based program, Every Choice has a Consequence. She took time out of her busy schedule to chat with JournoNews.

My secret pleasure is … snuggling up on a couch or hammock and reading for hours on end.

My first job was … in my mum’s friend’s milk bar when I was 11, stocking shelves and making milkshakes (I was saving up for a double tape deck to make mixed tapes with! It was 1986.)

My most annoying habits are … I asked my kids … they said “repeating yourself” but I told them that’s only because they require encouragement to do things, sometimes more than once. Haha.

A clear childhood memory is … holidays at Tootgarook on the Peninsula in Victoria … BEST memories.

Before-and-After

Bronwen’s visible transformation from heroin addict (pictured left) to brand new woman, free from addiction (pictured right)

What makes me really nervous is … not a lot does, to be honest.

The best advice my parents gave me was … dream BIG dreams and do them.

If I wasn’t a Change Agent and Story Teller, I’d be … a script-writer/film director.

I’m most thankful for … the second chance at life that God gave me back in 1999, and for my 3 daughters.

My favorite meal is … Thai food – any.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … cleaning the house, like the ‘full-vacuum-and-sweep-and-scrub-the-bathroom’ kind of clean.

A book I love is … the Bible – it is my favourite. Living word that changes my life every day …

A song that resonates is … Amazing Grace.

My ‘happy place’ is … the couch, hammock, resting.

My most embarrassing memory is … my first kiss …

My hidden skill is … cooking, I love to cook!

If I was a dog, I’d be a … Cavoodle, because our dog Max is one and he is the BEST and he is SO loved!!

It’s a bit corny, but I love … candlelit dinners.

I’m most at peace when … my kids are happy and content and/or when I am in God’s presence.

Country I’d love to visit … France―I am going there on my honeymoon one day (when God brings my future husband across my path … )

Favourite quote … “If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney

Connect with Bronwen:

Hope FoundationTwitter: @bronwenhealy
Website: http://www.hopefoundation.org.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HopeFoundationBrisbane

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