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Corneil says he is “am­bidex­trous” when it comes to us­ing both sides of his brain. By day, you can find him crunch­ing equa­tions and work­ing out struc­tural de­signs as a civil en­gi­neer in train­ing. In his free time, you will find him en­gaged in one of his artis­tic pas­sions, which include pho­tog­ra­phy, com­pos­ing and play­ing mu­sic, and draw­ing and paint­ing. Grow­ing up in ru­ral On­tario as the old­est of five, Corneil be­gan snap­ping im­ages of any­thing that moved—or didn’t move—around his fam­ily’s prop­erty at an early age, ig­nit­ing an in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy that would de­velop and thrive to this day. Turn to page 8 to see his glo­ri­ous photo es­say, Spring in Bloom.


Born in Mex­ico, Maria and her fam­ily moved to the United States when she was 11. She grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Ari­zona with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness man­age­ment; she then earned her mas­ter’s in ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion and taught sec­ond grade. In 2006, she mar­ried her soul­mate Greg and moved to Canada. They now have two daugh­ters: Ana Maria, nine, and Jor­dan Grace, three, who is “liv­ing the beauty of Down syn­drome” and is the sub­ject of this is­sue’s Cause for Ap­plause on page 28.


Within the art com­mu­nity, he is known sim­ply as Mo­han. Self-taught and colour blind, he com­bines a va­ri­ety of artis­tic skills honed over the years into strik­ing vi­su­als with in­cred­i­ble depth and de­tail. Pho­tog­ra­phy, paint­ing, draw­ing and air­brush all come into play to cre­ate a multi-faceted, co­he­sive whole. Of Métis de­scent, Mo­han grew up along the shores of Ge­or­gian Bay, and has al­ways been in­spired by his sur­round­ings—and mu­sic. His work has been de­scribed as a merger of vi­brant colour and spir­i­tual en­ergy; yet, at the same time, it’s very sooth­ing and calm­ing. Find out more in Show­case on page 38.


Born in Eng­land in 1933, Brian at­tended school there, and served as an engi­neer­ing officer in the Bri­tish mer­chant navy, be­fore im­mi­grat­ing to Mon­treal in 1973. He moved to On­tario in 1979, where he pur­sued a ca­reer in engi­neer­ing ser­vices and qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tems. Af­ter re­tir­ing from West­ing­house in 1993, Brian was self-em­ployed as a con­sul­tant in qual­ity man­age­ment train­ing and au­dit­ing un­til 1999. He and wife El­iz­a­beth, who make their home in Grimsby, Ont., are the proud par­ents of two chil­dren and grand­par­ents of two grand­chil­dren. Brian’s hob­bies include writ­ing, paint­ing and boat­ing. Brian is our first Birds and Blooms con­trib­u­tor, turn to page 42 to read his story.

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