A tearful tribute was paid to Councillor Brenda Parkinson by Mayor Maja Tait at the July 8 Regular Council meeting, where they officially announced the death of Councillor Parkinson. Brenda died on June 28th at around 2:30 pm. Brenda had deep roots in the community, and made many contributions over the years. As is noted on a District of Sooke page, Brenda was first elected to the District of Sooke Council in 2005, and was re-elected in 2014 and again in 2019. Brenda was a long serving patron of many of the Arts organizations in Sooke including the Sooke Community Arts Council, Sooke Fine Arts Society/Show, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sooke Pipes and Drums and the Caledonia Society. She was was also involved with the Sooke Seniors Diamond Jubilee Housing Society and the Sooke Legion. Learn more about Brenda Parkinson here.
“Thanks you all so much from my family and me personally. I asked my sister before her death if it was OK to share on FB and let you in her last days. Brenda was good with that and knows we both share a good number of amazing and terrific friends both past and present. Her tumor was terminal. Treatment proved futile (although they gave it a college try). Brenda,Stew and her physicians knew this and she made every day count as was her normal life. Aggressive as it was she was driven to be in control and take charge to the last breath. Self discharged she set up “camp” at her home and prepared for a previously self initiated costume ball with family, friends and colleagues to say goodbye and be remembered as she lived. It was a party and celebration. Then home and her remaining days spent with immediate family with peace and reflection. Stew and Brenda carved out a great home in Sooke near the ocean with a quiet forest, wildlife daily and what turned out to be a sunny week as she bravely faced her final day. Brenda was committed towards contributing to community and having positive impact on a lives. In this regard she succeeded in spades . . .“
Four candles were lit, to burn throughout the duration of the meeting, along with a vase for a flower donation from all of Council. Not a dry eye in the audience.
This year’s upcoming Communities in Bloom event, normally hosted by Brenda Parkinson, will be dedicated to her.
The District is also in the process of putting together a community memorial, which will be held some time in early August; we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Brenda’s various appointments will be sustained among the various members of Council.
She will be deeply missed.