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Derwin James Kah Wai Mak

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms
March 20, 1990
Vol. II, p. 10

Arms of Derwin James Kah Wai Mak

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Blazon

Arms

Gules on a bend Sable fimbriated Or between in chief a bezant pierced square and in base a maple leaf Or a three clawed Chinese dragon passant Argent langued Gules;

Crest

An Eagle rising wings elevated and displayed Sable armed and membered Or grasping in the dexter talon a key ward upward and outward also Or;


Symbolism

Arms

The red, black, yellow and white combine the national colours for Canada, China and Germany. The colour reference to Germany is for Mr. Mak’s early years in Kitchener, Ontario, which was settled largely by German immigrants. The dragon symbolizes China and is based on a design taken from a silver chopstick holder. The maple leaf honours Mr. Mak’s Canadian heritage. The gold disc with the square hole resembles an ancient Chinese coin, and thus refers to Mr. Mak’s profession as a chartered accountant.

Crest

The black eagle is another reference to Germany and Kitchener, Ontario. The gold key was a medieval symbol for accountants. Keys also appear in the Arms of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, of which Mr. Mak is a member.