The Morrison family was of highland Scots origin and Janet’s father, Malcolm Morrison (1901), was a native Gaelic speaker. However his work took him south to England and the family lived in Letchworth, Herts., from 1933.
Janet entered nursing training at the North Middlesex Hospital in 1945 and completed her training as S.R.N. in 1948. At this point she moved to Belfast where her parents had been posted and undertook her maternity training at the Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast.
Here she met John H. Harland, and they were married in Finaghy Presbyterian Church. They emigrated to Kamloops B.C. in Feb. 1951. Subsequently, they moved to Vancouver, Saskatoon and eventually Kelowna B C where they still live (2008).
They had three children - Janet Heather (Jan) Harland, born 8 September 1952; Elizabeth Christine (Chris), born 18 May 1954; and John Wallace (Jack) Harland, born 17 June 1957.
Janet was a full-time mother and homemaker. While the children were still at school in the 1970s she decided to run for office as a Trustee on the local school Board. She was involved with this for the next ten years including two years as Chairman of the Board. This was extremely time consuming, as it was a period of explosive population growth in Kelowna. Subsequently she served for four years on the Okanagan University College Board and then a further six years on the Kelowna Art Gallery Board. This involved organizing many fundraising events. She enjoyed Scottish country dancing and is a keen golfer.
Janet Briton Symington (Janet) Morrison – Mrs. John Harland
b. 28 February 1926, Clydebank Scotland
m.31 December 1949, Finaghy Belfast