Tillotson, Brenda 1927 – 2014
Brenda Tillotson, beloved wife of Olin, died peacefully on Saturday, December 6th at the Peace Arch Hospice. Despite failing health in 2012, Brenda began research for a proposal that she presented to CPA in 2014 on establishing Virtual History of Physiotherapy in Canada. Her legacy is now under the PABC banner and is being continued by a committee of her peers who share her dream. Brenda trained in London before coming to Canada in the early fifties; she worked at the WCB, then housed at VGH. On 1959, she moved to G.F. Strong where she worked with patients with spinal cord injuries, poliomyelitis, and with amputees. She later became the Director of the department, eventually becoming a member of the site’s 20-year club. Although she retired in 1987, she maintained ties to her profession.
Always an ardent supporter of physiotherapy and in leadership, she advocated for a UBC physiotherapy school, served as the president of the BC Branch of CPA and helped plan CPA Congresses in Vancouver. In the eighties, she was made a life member of CPA. Brenda retired from G.F. Strong in 1987 after a long and satisfying career. She spent her retirement years becoming a very proficient artist in watercolours and acrylics. Also, together with her husband Olin, she enjoyed playing lawn bowls, travelling in Europe and the United States and gardening. They were members of the Musical Box Society International, an interest they shared, spanning many decades. Rest in Peace Brenda, We will miss you.