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Neville George Poy

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms
October 15, 2004
Vol. IV, p. 403

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Gules a boar's head erased, on a chief Or an open book Argent bound Gules between two plates fimbriated Gules;


Issuant from a coronet erablé Gules, a demi Chinese dragon holding in its dexter claw a rod of Aesculapius Or;





Red and gold were chosen by Dr. Poy for their importance in traditional Chinese culture and as an expression of his family heritage. The red boar’s head marks the fact that Dr. Poy was born in the Year of the Boar according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The circle motifs, representing camera lenses, are a symbol of his latest career in fine art photography and his service as a founding member of the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation.


The coronet represents Dr. Poy’s service to Canada through his celebrated career in medicine and his extensive contributions as a volunteer in the fields of medicine and the arts. The Chinese dragon is a prominent symbol of a “good spirit” or a guardian, and it serves as another reference to Dr. Poy’s Chinese heritage. The rod of Aesculapius is the traditional heraldic reference to the medical profession.


Meaning “Spirituality transcends mortality”.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 689 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

Eva Pilar-Cass

Shirley Mangione

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