Daughter of Patricia (USA) and Michael (CDN) was born in Milton, Ontario on January 7, 1991. Courtney was baptized in the catholic church and attended the Dufferin Peel Catholic Schools from kindergarten through high school. After graduating early at 17 years old she attended Sheridan College in Oakville for a 2-year communication and marketing certification.
Courtney was 13 years old when her mother Patricia Brusha started her Online Marketing Company. Courtney’s bright green eyes were always filled with enthusiasm, laughter and joy. She wanted to be part of everything that was A Couple of Chicks and Online Revealed right from the start. She played an important role in the creation and growth of the business and all the clients knew Courtney.
She was smart, strong and had an infectious energy she shared with everyone around her.
Courtney loved to laugh, taking selfies, wearing sunnies, scrapbooking, chatting with friends and watching a good movie. (musical!) She loved all genres of music and couldn’t accomplish anything without a soundtrack running in the background. She loved dogs, cats, kids and maintained her childlike wonderment of the world. She believed in miracles and unicorns and loved frogs.
She sincerely cared about the people in her life. She had a habit of just reaching out spontaneously to let someone know she was thinking about them, cared about how they were doing or just wanting to tell them ………… she loved them.
She did, however, experience some difficult times in her short life. She spent time at the Renascent in Toronto, Canada, and Aurora Behavioral Health System in Tempe, AZ, in an effort to get better.
Suddenly and tragically at 28 years old, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cirrhosis of the liver from years of alcohol abuse. Both her liver and kidneys began to deteriorate at a rapid pace. Although her organs may have shut down, it was her addiction that took her life. Courtney was an organ donor and passed on her gift of sight and her skin after her passing. Courtney was extremely passionate in trying to help others, while she worked on herself, to be free of addictions.
In her way Courtney was very spiritual believing in signs (7/13), that things happen for a reason and learned from Big Daddy (Christie) to be sure to take a moment to appreciate the times when, “In these 5 minute, everything was ok!” She loved her family. She loved her friends. She loved helping people and always offered a helping hand or a listening ear.
Before she left us, Courtney told her mother Patricia, about an idea she had.
She didn’t like that women who graduated from Rehab often left there with their personal items in a plastic bag. She wanted better for them. She wanted those women to hold their heads high, to be proud of their amazing accomplishment and to leave with something that showed their value.
At that point, she thought she had won the battle and wanted to give back.
This is how Purse-Impressions came to be!
Purse-Impressions transforms the tragedy and heartbreak of losing a child from addiction into inspiration and compassion for others who are overcoming addiction in their own lives.
Patricia and her team of “Courtney’s Angels” volunteer their time and resources to gifting as many handbags as possible to women, and backpacks to men, leaving rehabilitation centers.
Off to a great start, Purse-Impressions gathered 400 purses (in lieu of flowers) and items to stuff them for Courtney’s Memorial July 13, 2019. They were donated to the Renascent Centre who has approximately 400 graduates a year!
By the close of 2021 Purse-Impressions donated 3000 purse and backpacks to 10 Rehab facilities in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Virginia and Canada.
Beautiful Courtney… We all hope as you are looking down from Heaven, that you are able to see how much you are adored, admired, and so so loved.
Thank you for allowing your story to empower and inspire so many others, as you have walked in their shoes.
Love you to the moon and back! Forever!