Madeleine Shields

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SHIELDS, Madeleine (Longo) Died peacefully in Victoria on November 16, 2005, at the age of 72. Artist, mentor, spiritual counsellor, Madeleine leaves behind a large network of women and men who have worked with her over the years. Loved by her husband John, her sister Liz (Sam Pollock), and her brother John (Joanne), Madeleine's family includes 27 nieces and nephews and their children. She is predeceased by her mother Anna and father Sam, sisters Mary and Fran, and brother Louis. Madeleine was trained as an adult education instructor in Toronto, and went on to develop or found Information Centres for the Catholic Church in Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver. Her last work for the Church was Adult Education Director at St. Austin's in Texas. In 1969 she moved to Victoria. In Victoria she taught autistic children at Pacific Center in Metchosin, sold pottery at the Potters Wheel, taught Life Skills to women in Fernwood. Her Life Skills work led her to see the needs of single parent women and became her motivation to found the Single Parent Resource Centre becoming its first Executive Director as well as offering frequent Life Skills courses. She was instrumental in the revival of the Community Social Planning Council, serving as president of the board and acting Executive Director until the board was able to hire a Director. In 1980, Madeleine made a career change from social service to art, which she had practiced as a hobby since her teen years. After attending the Victoria College of Art, she apprenticed with the artist Jack Wise. Jack introduced Madeleine to the mandala, which is both art and spiritual practice. She spent the next 20 years painting mandalas as well as practicing the spiritual principles that she learned as integral to this form of painting. She welcomed many students and learners into the mandala practice, and acted as a spiritual guide to those who sought her counsel. She donated a mandala which she painted especially for UNICEF that became an internationally-sold Christmas Card. Lymphoma cancer took its toll on her ability to paint, but never affected her deeply spiritual consciousness. She is greatly loved and missed. A memorial service in celebration of her life is scheduled for Sunday, December 4th at 1:30 in the John T. Shields (BCGEU) building, 2994 Douglas Street, Victoria. Madeleine has requested that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in her name to the Single Parent Resource Centre, 602 Gorge Road East, V8T 2W6. 176705
Published in The Times Colonist from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2005