Ashley grew up in the country in what would be classified as a typical nuclear family—her parents, her older brother, and herself. She enjoyed going to school and playing a variety of sports. Her passion was soccer, and her identity was wrapped up in being an athlete.
When she was seventeen, she was in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that resulted in brain injury and low vision, among other medical complications.
She refused to let that take over her life, so, following recovery and rehabilitation, she ventured off to university. She enjoys spending her time working with children, helping at a local cat shelter, volunteering for the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo Wellington, and engaging with her church community.
Each day brings its own challenges, but she has learned that “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” (Vivian Greene).
Brenda was born in the prairie town of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and moved to Southwestern Ontario when she was twelve. She has been happily married to Ross for 44 years and is the mother of two grown children. Anything medical has always interested her, and she graduated from college as a lab technician and worked in that field for several years. In addition, for 35 years, she kept books for their family-run electrical business. She and her husband enjoy cycling, especially riding rail trails. Most early mornings will find her out walking with three of her neighbors. Brenda has kept a journal all her life.
She has co-written a memoir, The Way I See Things, from her journals, capturing the challenges, triumphs and emotions she felt throughout her daughter’s recovery from a catastrophic car accident. Brenda has taken memoir classes and attended conferences on writing where she met fellow Christian authors, some becoming close friends.
She believes “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” (C.S. Lewis).