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Barbara Uteck

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Supporters
November 30, 2000
Vol. IV, p. 78

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Per fess nowy reversed Azure and tapissé of wheat, four mullets of six points, three in chief, one in fess point Or;


A maple tree Or charged with two batons of office of the Herald Chancellor of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in saltire proper;


Dexter a stag Argent attired and unguled Or gorged with a collar of pine sprigs Vert alternating with pine cones Or pendent therefrom a drum Azure, sinister a doe Argent unguled Or gorged with a like collar pendent therefrom a quill pen Azure, the supporters standing on a rocky mound set with pine trees proper above barry wavy Argent and Azure;





The design, featuring the colours of the Ukraine and a wheatfield, is based on the arms granted to the Wachna Family Association and thus refer to Mrs. Uteck’s maternal family. The four stars indicate that she is the fourth generation of eldest daughter of an eldest daughter.


The maple tree, from the arms of office of the Herald Chancellor, and the batons of office of the Herald Chancellor mark Mrs. Uteck’s service in that role as well as her varied service to Canada.


The deer were suggested by her husband, Graham Fraser, to honour his Scots roots. The collars refer to the pine forests of the Canadian shield, which are also represented by the compartment. The drum honours her son Nicholas Fraser, who is a musician, and the quill honours her son Malcolm Fraser, who is a writer. The water marks her love for the lakes and waterways of Canada.


HONESTY AND FORGIVENESS are two concepts of great importance to her.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 24, 2001, in Volume 135, page 939 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Gordon Macpherson

Nancy Ellis

Recipient Information


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