Brian Thomas Brett
1950 – 2024
Longstanding Salt Spring Island resident Brian Brett passed away peacefully in Purdy’s Pavilion located in the UBC facility. Suffering from a serious stroke last year and eventually succumbing to sepsis on January 17/2024 at the age of 73. Brian was well known for his contributions to the writers community of Canada, publishing many books of poems and novels. He was also active in journalism throughout the country for most established newspapers since the early 1970s. He was highly regarded as a teacher and mentor influencing many aspiring authors throughout Canada. Among Brian’s 13 published works, “Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life” gained him The Writers Trust Nonfiction Prize in 2009, becoming his best known accomplishment. His literary works and extensive involvement in the writers community such as President of the Writers Union of Canada, and in 2016 the winner of the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award solidified his position as a remarkable and respected member of the Canadian literary scene with 7 major awards to his career.
Brian Brett’s passions and achievements were many, which would require a serious biography to fully encompass. He left a legacy in the writers community but also was active in environmental action, being a major contributor in the conservation effort for Clayoquot Sound and multiple other efforts to protect lands on Salt Spring Island and throughout British Columbia. His love for the natural world remains with his poetry, novels, and throughout the Canadian Culture.
A healthy family remains in Brian’s departure, two loving brothers Leonard and Bill Brett, a longstanding partner Sharon Doobenen. Children and grandchildren, Chris and Nancy Doobenen, siblings Kylie and Jenna Doobenen. Roben and Sovanny Doobenen, siblings Ajra and Aubrey Doobenen. Many years of cherished memories! We are hoping for an April ceremony.