Callanish Society is a non-profit organization providing retreats for people living with cancer and their families.
Board of Directors of Callanish Society

Janie Brown, R.N., M.S.N., M.A. (Psych.)
Executive Director Callanish Society; Counsellor: Oncology

Tessa Cherniavsky, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Private Practice, Vancouver

Daphne Lobb, M.D.
Physician, Palliative Care, Vancouver B.C.

Eva Matsuzaki,B.Arch., MAIBC, PP/FRAIC
Architect, Retreat Participant, Cancer Survivor

Allison Prinsen, B.A.
Graphic Designer, Retreat Participant, Young Adult Cancer Survivor

Carol Sutcliffe
Clinical Associate, Integrative Healing Arts, Vancouver

Claire Talbot, MD
Physician, Palliative Care, Vancouver, B.C.


Janie Brown, R.N., M.S.N., M.A. (Psych.)
Janie has worked with people with cancer and their families for over 20 years including several years at the B.C. Cancer Agency as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and for the last 15 years in her counselling practice. She presents and teaches widely on issues related to cancer and facilitates support groups and retreats for people with cancer, their families and friends, and health care professionals. Janie is the Executive Director of the Callanish Society.

Tessa Cherniavsky, R.M.T.
Tessa is a registered massage therapist with a massage and Breema therapy practice in Vancouver. She is trained in bodywork techniques from a variety of cultures that support and enhance relaxation and well-being.

Liz Evans
Liz originally came to Callanish as a retreat participant having had breast cancer in 1982 and 1999. She joined the Callanish-in-the-city team in 2005, overseeing the office administration and coordinating programs. She also brings her culinary expertise in cooking for retreats.

Kathy Fell, B.S.Ed, R.N.C.P.
Kathy is a registered nutritionist who leads a dedicated team in the kitchen to provide healthy, organic meals. Kathy works with many people living with cancer offering nutritional analysis and support. Kathy provides a practical and knowledgeable approach to cooking and nutrition.

Gretchen Ladd, B.A., B.F.A., D.V.A.T.I
Gretchen is a visual artist and art therapist. She works with people using the creative process for inner reflection and healing. Gretchen teaches at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, runs a private practice in Art Therapy and facilitates creative arts workshops.

Daphne Lobb, M.D., C.C.F.P.
Daphne is a palliative care physician in Vancouver who has worked for many years in both the hospital and home settings. She teaches and lectures widely on many issues related to living well with cancer and is committed to helping people find ways to maintain a good quality of life. Daphne is dedicated to bringing the humanity back into medicine.

Joanne Reimer, BN, MN
Joanne joined the Callanish-in-the-City team in early 2012 as a program assistant, working with Liz. Joanne brings many years working in the healthcare system as a hospice consultant and researcher.

Danielle Schroeder, M.A., C.C.C.
Danielle is the Young Adult Program coordinator at Callanish Society, facilitating groups and providing counselling for young adults and their families. Danielle is clinical counsellor and a restorative yoga teacher.

Maryliz Smith, B.Mus., M.Mus.
Maryliz is an international performance artist, composer and music educator. She has taught numerous courses for adults and adolescents in North America, Europe and Africa who are seeking a deeper understanding of the creative process. Maryliz has also developed an innovative way of using sound in combination with Therapeutic Touch to elicit deep relaxation; and teaches qigong and meditation in retreat settings.

Carol Sutcliffe
Carol works at the Integrative Healing Arts Clinic in Vancouver as a clinical associate with people concerning health and nutrition. Carol is a fabulous cook with a great love of providing healthy organic food for Callanish Retreats and City Programs.

Contact info: 2277 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver BC Canada V6K 2J1 Ph: (604) 732-0633 Fax: (604) 732-0689