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David Wayne Bower

Kingston, Ontario
Grant of Arms
November 20, 2014
Vol. VI, p. 469

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Blazon

Arms

Azure on a pale between two bows Argent a chevron Gules between two lozenges Sable;

Crest

A beaver sejant grasping a Celtic cross proper;

Motto

CONSIDER THE GENERATIONS LONG PAST;


Symbolism

Arms

The bows are an allusion to Mr. Bower’s surname. The chevron, representing the bow of a ship, alludes to the method of transport that brought his ancestors to Canada. The chevron also represents a roof, symbolizing that Mr. Bower served as chairman of the building committee that built a church, Grace Presbyterian Church in Ottawa. The black diamond shapes represent the surname Charbonneau (meaning “coal”) of his mother Aldéa Juliette Charbonneau, and thus allude to Mr. Bower’s French-Canadian heritage. Blue and white are inspired by the colours of the Scots flag and thus allude to Mr. Bower’s Scottish ancestry. Red and white are inspired by the colours of the Canadian flag and thus allude to Mr. Bower’s Canadian heritage.

Crest

The Celtic cross is a symbol of both Mr. Bower’s Scottish and Christian heritage. The beaver represents his allegiance to Canada.

Motto

This expression is drawn from Deuteronomy 32:7, in which there is an admonition by Moses to remember the generations receiving God’s blessings.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on October 3, 2015, in Volume 149, page 2336 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Darrel Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Ilona Jurkiewicz

Calligrapher
Doris Wionzek


Recipient Information

Individual