Elspeth Jane GARLAND

5 February, 195325 April, 2021

Elspeth Jane Garland (nee Harkness) was born in Temiscaming, Quebec, on February 5, 1953. Jane grew up in Quebec and Ontario, completing her medical degree at Queen's University. She married Will Garland and eventually moved to Vancouver, where she practiced psychiatry for 30 years. She passed away in her home, with her husband and son at her side, on April 25, 2021. Her deep spiritual connection and wisdom shone light into the lives of all those around her, and we are all filled with gratitude for her life. She is survived by her husband of 43 years Will, her sister Kim and brother Rob, her children Erin, Orion, and Ariel, and her grandchildren Kaitlyn, Abby, and Daniel. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date.


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Rosalind Catchpole

6 May 2021

I had the great privilege of having Jane as a mentor and clinic leader at BC Children’s hospital. Her incredible wisdom, creativity, positivity and deep values infused all that she did and she made all of us better people and better professionals. The world is truly a better place for having had her in it. To her dear family - she spoke of you so fondly and so often, there was no question what was at the centre of her world. My deepest condolences for your loss. And dear Jane, we miss you so.

Jean Beckberger

2 May 2021

My condolences Kim, Matt, Sarah, Jakob and Rebekah for the loss of your sister and aunt.

Elisabeth Drance

30 April 2021

I knew Jane was remarkable from the very beginning of our psychiatric residency at UBC. She was incredibly bright, and combined that with a warm down-to-earth wisdom. Throughout her working life, she straddled the worlds of mother&wife, clinical care, academia, and teaching with humility and skill. She worked to improve mental health care for young people in the province. When advice was needed, Jane was available with practical counsel.

The world has lost a force for good through her loss. Rest well dear Jane. Thank you for being you. Sending love to your precious family.

Myles Blank

30 April 2021

With great respect and deepest condolences to all of you, I offer thanks to a wonderful clinician and teacher, but more so, a truly awesome person.


Dr. Jeffrey M Claman MD FRCPC

30 April 2021

It was a privilege to have worked and taught within the same psychiatric community as Jane; and to consider her to have been a colleague.
She will be sorely missed. May her family find comfort.

Paul Yuen

30 April 2021

It was like yesterday when we were all young and having dreams. Jane's voice on stage in one of Bodwell's grad ceremonies and presence in many of the staff year-end parties are still vivid. I value so much the friendship. Jane's spirit is now free and her legacy will live forever. Bodwell will continue to offer the Will and Jane Garland Scholarship annually to one of the best students.

Cathy Lee

30 April 2021

In the many years when Will taught and later became principal at Bodwell High School, Jane was a part of our school community. I remember when she first formally presented to our counsellors and faculty, she made specialized areas of psychology and medicine easy to understand, relevant and useful. On many occasions after a dragon boat race or watching the super bowl, we partied in the backyard of their house, or crowd in the small living room eating and drinking. We were always impressed that in a quiet way, Jane always brought rounds of food and drink to satisfy everyone. I have yet to meet someone like Jane so easy going, so generous in spirit, and so profoundly wise. She will be greatly missed.

Sarah Jane Rynn

29 April 2021

Auntie Jane always had an aura of grace and calm around her, and I think that’s what I remember most. Though time together wasn’t always frequent because of distance, it was always of high quality and I reflect on it vividly and fondly. Constantly in awe of her endless love, we will miss her smile and warmth. We love you Auntie Jane, I’ll carry your name and memory proudly.

Housam Hallis

28 April 2021

Knowing Jane was a great privilege and honour. She was a remarkable friend, a phenomenal person whose legacy will always be there for all to see, and one of the most caring and kind people you could hope to meet. She had a positive influence on everyone she met. Her beautiful and infectious spirit will be her legacy. My thoughts are with her family. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. May she Rest in Peace!

Noel Gregorowski

28 April 2021

I had the privilege and good fortune to work with and beside Jane and the marvellous team she created and lead for those 30 years. Along with the children and parents she helped we all loved and enjoyed her insightful kindness, her deep understanding of what it was to be human and how to tame the anxiety that confounds us all at some point in our lives. Jane’s playful way of finding magic in the world enabled her to connect and understand children so well and to help their parents embrace a more creative and constructive approach in their parenting.
My deepest condolences to Will and family.