Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Provide services in the health, nutrition and well being areas with an emphasis on cooking and eating. The target market would be seniors.
Senior Advisor, Cabinet of the Official Oppositions at City Hall, Montreal, QC. Born: Montreal, QC.
The Leader of the Official Opposition of the City of Montreal, Louise Harel, recently announced the nomination of Brenda as Senior Adviser in her Cabinet of the Official Opposition at City Hall. She was a candidate for Mayor in the Cotes des Neiges-Notre Dame de Grace Borough during the last municipal election, and is the former President of Union Montreal, the political party of the present Mayor of Montreal.
Between 2001 and 2003, Brenda sat on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Urban Transport Corporation (MUTC) as Client Representative. She was President of their Ethnic and Social Diversity Committee and was instrumental in holding the MUTC’s first Forum on Diversity Inclusion in the Workplace. She is a Licensed Gender Based Analysis Trainer with the Status of Women Canada and a consultant on women, gender and diversity issues. She has developed an expertise in mentorship and successful student achievement programs, leadership and governance training.
Brenda was involved in student development at Dawson College for over 20 years. She served a three-year mandate as an Administrative Judge with the Quebec Parole Board and held the position of Executive Director of the Black Community Resource Centre; has been a member, at the Provincial level, on a number of Advisory Boards on police relations, cultural communities and comparative and effective voting processes; advocated for the rights of women, youth and cultural communities in a professional and volunteer capacity for many years; and recently attended the “Dynamic Cities Need Women” conference in Brussels.
Education: BA; Certified Family Life Educator.
Other: President of BP Consulting, Training and Development.
Favourite book? The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho.
Favourite quote? “À Lutta Continua.” – Amilcar Cabral
Who inspires you? Youth inspire me because of their visionary thinking and ability to take risks. Nelson Mandela, because of his incredible tenacity and integrity.
Why do you do what you do? I do what I do to inspire capacity building in individuals and community. I am a change agent who tries to influence policy and decision making with regards the improvement of the quality of life of people. I want to pass the baton on to the youth so that they can continue this commitment to society.