Born and raised in Ontario, Brenda and her family moved to the North Shore in 1974. In the mid '80's she lived and worked in Whistler with Blackcomb Mountain Enterprises Ltd. / Intrawest Developments managing the main office as Hugh Smythe's Administrative Assistant. She later obtained her real estate license and sold for RE/MAX Whistler for a period in the early 1990's.
After travelling extensively in Europe, Brenda chose to settle on the Sunshine Coast, having visited the area often as an avid scuba diver. Yes, Brenda did the daily commute to Vancouver for a short while, but in 1993 she obtained a position with Sunshine Coast Credit Union, holding the position of Residential and Commercial Lender for 15 years. She and her son Luke live in Roberts Creek and are active in various sports events.