Architects of a New Dawn

We’d like to show the side of the world you don’t normally see on television.

The Epilogue to Celebrate Life and Love

Red Sunflower ‘Children of the Light’ 48x48 oil on canvas, 2011.

Private Collection of Shandy-Lynn Briggs

Ambassador for the Children of the Light

Oshawa Ontario

Shandy-Lynn, Andrea Briggs, taking a timeless moment in the garden to contemplate life,

Oshawa Ontario, 2010

Ambassador for the Children of the Light

Area Director, Corrections Canada

Bonnie Brae'

There is an old house on the top of Bonnie Brae' point in Oshawa overlooking Lake Ontario.  My children and I would go there, to climb the hill cliff to the top and lay in the grass dreaming the day away, then sharing those dreams with one another.

I would like to take this opportunity to share that magical time spent there spent with the children to encourage others to aspire and surrender into their dreamy moments where time is no more, where one can just be, feeling safe and loved, without a care in the world.

A Sunny Day on Bonnie Brae'

I lay under upon the whispering soft grass atop the Cliff on Bonnie Brae'

A'gaze at the fluffy white clouds drifting peacefully away

Atop a lapping, wavy sound

Spread wide am I, as wide as I can be

Amongst the rustling grasses of Bonnie Brae'

Ventured a look we did into the blazing sun

Thinking a lot about shapes, shapes that grow and blow and come

A buzzing bee sips sweet pollen from things blowing right next to me

From all the yellow daisies blowing, blowing, blowing

Buzzing and blowing, and flowing

Oh how sweet the buzzing and blowing be

I am drowning in the sea of knowing

Oh what will be, will be

While lost in the sounds of the buzzing and blowing

Blowing, flowing knowing, in this sea that is me

Among the loving memories of Bonnie Brae' and you and me

Yes, oh yes, how sweet this buzzing be!



Briggs Shandy Lynn

BRIGGS, Shandy-Lynn Andrea  - (November 23, 1971 - May 1, 2020)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Shandy following complications related to a cardiac arrest.

At the young age of 48 she passed peacefully with her supportive Husband by her side.

Shandy is survived by the love of her life and Husband Ray Van Schyndel.

She will be deeply missed by her Father Dave (Deb) Briggs and her Mother Imelda Maguire (Dave).

She was a loving Mother to Ray’s children Kristin (Justin) Powell and Derek (Kerry) Van Schyndel. An adored Oma to Hunter, Parker, Hayes and Holden. Beloved Sister to Brye (Leah) Briggs and proud Aunt to Kaelham, Ayden and Seamus.

Shandy was always happiest surrounded by family. She shared a close bond with all her cousins. She leaves behind her step brothers, step sister and their families, as well as many relatives from Canada, England and Ireland.

The Van Schyndel’s will all feel the loss of her spirit, dynamic personality, amazing hugs and bright smile. She will be fondly remembered by all her close friends and “her girls”.

Shandy contributed immensely to her role as the Ontario Regional Director of Public Safety. Her colleagues will feel the loss of her exemplary leadership and dedication.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway #2, Courtice (905-432-8484). 

Online condolences may be made at  

You’re beautiful, you’re endless,
Now stretch your wings and fly,
You’re loved by so many,
It will never be goodbye.

How to use Yoga to find your inner voice

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Comment by Steve H on April 30, 2012 at 3:28pm


Comment by Imelda Maguire on April 25, 2012 at 11:55am

He would not indeed... but will he?  Now that is another question! ~Big Smile

Comment by Steve H on April 19, 2012 at 6:48pm

Well then he'd have no problem at all with poetry or music to your art or anything else! 

Comment by Imelda Maguire on April 19, 2012 at 1:47am

Most definitely!  Very diverse with being nothing without melody and with!

Comment by Steve H on April 18, 2012 at 11:13pm

Does he ever play anything without any meter, where it's more just atmosphere as opposed to having a pulse?

Comment by Imelda Maguire on April 14, 2012 at 6:02pm


Comment by Steve H on April 14, 2012 at 12:17am

Well, maybe he meant "Om" and he wants it to be a chant or something.

Comment by Imelda Maguire on April 11, 2012 at 7:49pm

I did, he said, "UMMM!

Comment by Steve H on April 11, 2012 at 4:26pm

Definitely ask him!

Comment by Imelda Maguire on April 9, 2012 at 7:04pm

Thanks Steve,  that was my thought as well.  My son plays guitar, writes and sings, It would be nice to hear his music with this piece.

We will see...



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