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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Judith Isabel Guichon

Victoria, British Columbia
Grant of Arms and Supporters, with differences to Allison Lee Guichon, Michael Gerard William Guichon, Tabitha Dawn Guichon and Darcy Brandon Guichon
June 10, 2014
Vol. VI, p. 361

Click on each image to enlarge. The blazon and symbolism for each element will accompany the enlarged image.


Blazon

Arms

Vert a base enarched Or overall a bluebunch wheatgrass plant eradicated counterchanged;

Crest

A sharp-tailed grouse dancing proper;

Supporters

Dexter a horse proper charged on its shoulder with a Guichon quarter circle and bar horse brand Sable, sinister a steer proper charged on its hip with the cattle brand JG Sable, both collared Or and standing on a grassy mount with a burrowing owl issuant from a burrow on the sinister proper;

Motto

RELATIONSHIPS • RESPECT • RESPONSIBILITY;

Differenced Arms for Allison Lee Guichon, daugther of Judith Isabel Guichon

The Arms of Judith Isabel Guichon debruised of a three-point label Argent during her mother’s lifetime; This individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following her death;

Differenced Arms for Michael Gerard William Guichon, son of Judith Isabel Guichon

The Arms of Judith Isabel Guichon debruised of his cattle brand of a star disjointed Or in dexter chief;

Differenced Arms for Tabitha Dawn Guichon, daughter of Judith Isabel Guichon

The Arms of Judith Isabel Guichon debruised of a cross couped Or in dexter chief;

Differenced of Darcy Brandon Guichon, son of Judith Isabel Guichon

The Arms of Judith Isabel Guichon debruised of a treble clef Or in dexter chief;


Symbolism

Arms

The arched line evokes the undulating topography of the region near Nicola Lake, the site of the Guichon family ranch. The bluebunch wheatgrass is an important plant for foraging by the livestock. The four roots represent Her Honour’s children.

Crest

The grouse expresses the joy that Her Honour finds in biodiversity.

Supporters

The horse and steer, with the brands appropriate to them, represent the livestock of the family ranch and the reaping of the benefits of sunshine. The burrowing owl lives in harmony with the cattle and represents the ongoing effort to learn about and respect biodiversity.

Motto

These three words represent Her Honour’s fundamental belief that healthy relationships between people and with the land that supports and nurtures us must underpin our actions in respectful and responsible ways.

Differenced Arms for Allison Lee Guichon, daugther of Judith Isabel Guichon

The label indicates that she will inherit her mother’s arms.

Differenced Arms for Michael Gerard William Guichon, son of Judith Isabel Guichon

The star is his cattle brand.

Differenced Arms for Tabitha Dawn Guichon, daughter of Judith Isabel Guichon

The cross alludes to her work as a Red Cross instructor.

Differenced of Darcy Brandon Guichon, son of Judith Isabel Guichon

The treble clef represents his interest in music.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 14, 2015, in Volume 149, page 501 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Rideau Herald Emeritus, and Darrel Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Debra MacGarvie

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual
Lieutenant-Governor