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Sheila-Marie Suzanne Cook
Grant of Arms and Supporters, with differences to Christopher William Cook, Michelle Evelyn Cook and Nicole Carlita Cook
November 15, 2007
Vol. V, p. 187
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Or two square flaunches Purpure;
An elm tree Purpure leaved Or;
Two dragonflies Purpure winged and embellished Or;
SERVIR ET CÉLÉBRER SON PAYS;
The design, austere and at the same time powerful, gives the impression of an hourglass and symbolizes Ms. Cook’s family heritage. This image indicates that, as someone who has worked in the public sphere, within government and directly for the Governor General as Secretary, Ms. Cook continues the commitment of several members of her family, past and present, who have served their countries and society as a whole. The hourglass emphasizes the place of Ms. Cook within her family line and embodies her wish to inspire and pass on these cherished values to her descendants.
The elm tree (orme in French) represents Ms. Cook’s birth name, Delorme, and thus her family heritage. This tree is also for her a symbol of rootedness and growth, of cyclical renewal and blossoming.
Dragonflies are graceful and lively creatures that are always quick to react. They symbolize Ms. Cook’s vivacity and spirit of adventure.
Meaning “To serve and celebrate ones country”, this sentence alludes to the commitment of Ms. Cook and the members of her family to their respective countries throughout their careers. This motto also reminds us of how important it is to appreciate and celebrate the history, the natural beauty, and the great achievements of one’s country.