It’s with a heavy heart that I write this. It is confirmed that Councillor Brenda Parkinson has passed away. She recently announced that she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. At the time of her announcement, she was in no pain, and fully intended to carry on living life to the fullest. Which, for those who follow her on Facebook know, she did to the end, surrounded by love and laughter, family and friends. An end that came far too quickly, far too suddenly.
I learned so much from Brenda, about politics, about laughter. While we were not political overlays (indeed, we held many different views on many different things), she was always open to seeing anything through a different lens. And in that framework, we learned from each other.
Brenda was about new beginnings, about light and laughter, about passion. About living to the fullest. About family (who she loved with incredible intensity) and friends (with whom she shared her joyful essence). And now, her light has been dimmed. It’s on us to hold her light and love in memory, and keep her Brenda-ness in our hearts.
Brenda has served as an elected official on Sooke Council for several terms, including the two most consecutive terms. She’s been the engine behind the ongoing beautification of Sooke and the Communities in Bloom. In the most recent election, she received the highest number of votes. And her devastating announcement that she was dealing with a brain tumour brought a crowded room in Council Chambers to their feet, each one present showing their deep appreciation for her contributions and dedicated service to Sooke.
Deepest condolences to the many who are grieving. The list is long.
Brenda, I will miss you. Auf Wiedersehen meine Schönheit.
Gallery: Brenda Parkinson in the news