Born in 1914 in Vancouver, she served as Principal of York House School for Girls. At 54, she enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of California where she won a three-year international fellowship from the American Association of University Women. After working as an educator, consultant and therapist, Buckland trained in Jungian Psychology, graduating in 1975 from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. In 1993 she received a Women of Distinction Award from the YWCA. Always Becoming: An Autobiography (1996) is her life story.