Founder, Stories of HOPE Australia
Kerrie Atherton Founder of Stories of HOPE Australia and EMPOWER Life Solutions is a Key Note Speaker, Author, Event Host, Trauma and Addictions Recovery Coach/Counsellor and School Program Presenter. After planning suicide at 18, Kerrie walked through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous and since that day 37 years ago, has remained clean and sober. Over the past 30 years, Kerrie has worked in the community helping the very vulnerable find Hope. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast 15 years ago she has worked in a voluntary capacity in the community as well as private practice as a trauma and addictions coach/counsellor and mentor building connection and supporting people from all walks of life. She has worked with many young people in crises at different schools on the Sunshine Coast. Along with her husband she founded a charity called “Streetlight” which ran for six years supporting the homeless and disadvantaged. Two years ago Kerrie founded “Stories of HOPE Australia” a platform which runs monthly events bringing HOPE to the community and is now a published author having just released her first book, “Stories of HOPE Australia, Everyday People, Extraordinary Stories”.