JANIE BROWN was born in Epsom, England, raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and emigrated in 1984 to become a nurse at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. She has a Master’s in Psychology from St. Andrews University and a Master’s in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as an oncology nurse and counsellor for over thirty years and in 1995 founded the Vancouver-based Callanish Society, a grassroots non-profit organization for people living with, and dying from, cancer ( She presents nationally and internationally, has
published in professional journals and writes a widely-read blog ( In 2016, Janie received a Lloyd Symington Foundation grant to write her book, Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life.