Heraldry Today

Helen Kathleen Mussallem

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Supporters
March 5, 1996
Vol. III, p. 78

Arms of Helen Kathleen Mussallem

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Blazon

Arms

Gules a cedar of Lebanon erased and encircled by six maple leaves stems inward Or;

Crest

Issuant from a grassy mound Vert two maple trees trunks Argent leaves alternately Or and Gules;

Supporters

On a grassy mound Vert set dexter and sinister with a lamp respectant Or enflamed Gules rising above barry wavy Argent and Azure two female cougars Or gorged with a collar set on the upper edge with hearts Gules pendant therefrom dexter a torteau charged with a globe described in lines Or sinister a torteau charged with a Greek cross surmounted by a cross of Antioch Or;

Motto

NON MINISTRARI SED MINISTRARE;

Motto

FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED FREELY GIVE;


Symbolism

Arms

The cedar of Lebanon honours the heritage of Dr. Mussallem and her parents, and the six maple leaves represent their six Canadian-born children.

Crest

The two trees symbolize Solomon Mussallem and Annie Bassette, Dr. Mussallem’s parents and the founders of the Canadian branch of the family.

Supporters

The cougars are animals of grace, spirit and determination, qualities exemplified by Dr. Mussallem. They are also native to British Columbia and thus celebrate her birthplace. The globe medallion symbolizes the international character of Dr. Mussallem’s professional and volunteer service as a special advisor to national and international health organizations. The medallion showing the Greek cross juxtaposed with the cross of Antioch alludes to her parents’ Christian denominations.

Motto

NON MINISTRARI SED MINISTRARE means “Not to be ministered unto but to minister” and refers to the motto used by her basic school of nursing, the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing.

Motto

FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED FREELY GIVE is taken from Matthew 10:8 and is a special saying often stated by Dr. Mussallem’s mother.