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In memoriam
August 11, 2022

Dr. Janet Ellen Christie-Seely


Dr. Janet Christie-Seely (1939-2022) passed away peacefully in the early hours of Aug. 11, 2022 after a rapid battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Janet was a vibrant mother, grandmother, family physician, family therapist, author, artist, lecturer and professor, who was recently seeing patients, painting and writing.

She had a passionate joie de vivre, packed her 83 years to their fullest and never tackled anything in half measures. Janet wore many hats (and usually purple scarves) as a creative, intelligent, beautiful, non-judgemental human.

She pioneered a family-systems approach to family medicine, bridging family therapy and medicine, and founded the Ottawa Satir Learning Centre. Janet taught locally and internationally, from Azerbaijan to Hong Kong.

Janet will be deeply missed by her husband of 25 years, Tom O. Wright; her children and their spouses: Jean (Mark), Alison (Kevin), Andrew (Kathy), and Dugald (Sarah); her step-children: Sara (James) and David; as well as her nine grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.

Janet always saw the best in people and lived life to its absolute fullest with enthusiasm and passion. She leaves a legacy of her paintings (of her beloved Scottish and Quebec landscapes), her teachings, and her care for a community of patients and her family, all imbued with her revolutionary spirit of meaningful interaction, pioneering innovation and desire to help people.

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