April 7, 1955 – April 30, 2012

Daughter of Helen (Wright) and Colin McOuat


As I stand on the mountaintop, as the great bird approaches.

She is small in my sight, but grows larger on approach

until I am blessed with the full sight of her graceful wings,

proud countenance and good company.

All too quickly, she grows small again on the horizon and disappears from view.

And I call out, “Look, there. She’s gone.”

But there are other mountaintops beyond me.

And at the precise moment when I note the great bird’s departure from my view, I know there are new eyes taking up the sight of her.

And fresh voices calling out, “Here she comes!”

Henry Van Dyke


Brenda was a scholar, writer, teacher, friend and free spirit. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Predeceased by her mother, Helen, with whom she shared the love of nature.

Godspeed Brenda – we love you, Dad (Colin), Barbara, Neil, Beverly, Ralph, Marie-France, Douglas, Adrienne, Colin (CJ), Angelina and Alfonse.

In Brenda’s memory, donations may be made to either

Le Nichoir (637 Main Road, Hudson, QC J0P 1H0, or

NOVA (465 Main Road, #202, Hudson, QC J0P 1HO