At the beginning of the April 8 2019 Regular Council meeting, Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson made a very personal and emotional statement, addressing a packed room at the Council’s Chamber.
“Thank you to my fellow Council Members and to the Residents of Sooke for allowing me a few minutes to deliver a personal message.
“You may have heard some talk about my health status and I just wanted to give you a quick update myself.
“It is true that life at this particular time has thrown me a few curveballs.
“Toward the end of January this year, I started to have problems with my right hand; that is, it was getting weaker and I was finding it increasingly challenging to move it, pick things up, or even write.
“I was doing everything right, seeing Doctors, setting up appointments, but nothing was helping. By the beginning of March, I had lost the use of my right arm and hand.
“After further tests and scans, the cause was discovered. In short, I have a brain tumour. As a result, I will be going to the BC Cancer Agency for treatments.
“I don’t have any pain and there are no indications that the tumour will affect my cognitive abilities or ability to continue my work on Sooke Council.
“Life is carrying on as normal as possible (MY normal, for those who know me).
“As such, it is my intention to remain a Member of Council and continue to serve the people of Sooke as faithfully as I have done up until now.
“I am so thankful for the love and support of Stewart, my family and friends, and the residents of Sooke.
“And, I intend to continue to move forward with a positive and productive attitude.
“Thank you for indulging me for a couple of minutes.”
At this, every one in Council Chambers stood to give Councillor Parkinson a standing ovation.