Taken from The Times-Transcript, February 6 & 7, 1985
There are few better known citizens of Riverview than Brenda Robertson. Although born in Mount Hebron, a little community about 10 miles north of Sussex, she completed her education in Sussex and then entered Mount Allison University. Hard work has been a real part of her life, beginning on the family farm and then weekend and summer jobs in the Sussex area during her high school and university years.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and began a teaching career. Teaching was not her field and after working in the office of the Department of Agriculture, she felt she could do not better than become associated in her husband's family firm, handling quality china, crystal, etc. This was a short-term activity.
During the university days she became interested in politics and in the 1960s she served as an organizer for the Progressive Conservative party in New Brunswick. In 1966 she was elected president of the P.C. Women's Association. The following year she became the first female member of the Legislature; in 1970 she became the first female member of the Cabinet.
Mrs. Robertson first served as Minister of Social Services; by 1974, she was the Minister of Health. It was largely due to her efforts that mental health became a priority and both provincial hospitals were updated and new programs put in place. Another achievement was the establishments of the Extra-Mural Hospital program, which has been an outstanding success. In 1982, she became Minister of Government Reform, charged with making changes in the existing structure which would reflect changing time and administrative improvements.
Brenda has been called a "workaholic" and after her recent appointment to the Senate, many have commented on the loss sustained by the provincial cabinet. Her interest in and on behalf of the people of the Riverview area needs no elaboration and her many friends with her every success in her new appointment in Ottawa.