Centenary Medal – Janie Brown

Janie Brown RN, MSN, MA was born in Scotland and educated with a Masters in Psychology at St. Andrews University, and then a Masters in Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She had the great honour of working with Dr. Betty Davies and Dr. Sally Thorne on her thesis, investigating the experience for teenagers living with a parent with advanced cancer. She worked many years as an oncology nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist at BC Cancer in Vancouver, and then in 1995 founded the Callanish Society, a grassroots non-profit organization for people living with, and dying from, cancer, based in Vancouver (www.callanish.org).

Callanish creates a healing space for people who have been irrevocably changed by cancer. It inspires those who are living with and/or dying from cancer to reconnect with the essentials of life. At the heart of Callanish is a weeklong retreat that provides a gentle catalyst for revitalizing the spirit. After more than 20 years and almost 100 retreats, Callanish has evolved into a far-reaching community deeply rooted in the fundamentals of what it means to be human. She co-produced a documentary film: “I’m Still Here: Young Adults Living Life with Recurrent Cancer https://www.callanish.org/the-film

Janie presents nationally and internationally and writes a widely-read blog www.lifeindeath.org.  In 2016, Janie received a Lloyd Symington Foundation grant to write her book Radical Acts of Love: Conversations from the Heart of Dying which will be published in March 2020 by Canongate in the UK, and by Doubleday, Canada.