Janie Brown

Janie Brown is an author, a leader in oncology nursing, the founder and executive director of a non-profit organisation called the Callanish Society (callanish.org) in Vancouver, Canada, and a visionary for new global conversations about living, healing, death and dying. Janie was raised in Glasgow, educated at St Andrews University with an MA in psychology, and studied nursing in Edinburgh before emigrating to Canada in 1984. She received her Masters in Nursing at the University of British Columbia and has worked as an oncology nurse and counsellor in Vancouver for over thirty years.


If you were ill and I couldn’t be with you, don’t worry, I would FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, phone, write letters, send videos and anything else I could think of to tell you how much I love you, and what an amazing mum you have been to me.

Janie Brown is the author of Radical Acts of Love – a moving account of her conversations with the dying during her thirty years as an oncology nurse. She has joined the Letters Live campaign #ReadALetter, reading a letter she’s written to her mum.