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.
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
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