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Victor Hugo Fernández Meyer

St. Albert, Alberta
Grant of Arms and Flags, with differences to Balbina Chantel Fernández De la Cruz and to Vincent Maximus Fernández De la Cruz
February 15, 2013
Vol. VI, p. 208

Arms of Victor Hugo Fernández Meyer

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Blazon

Arms

Per pale Argent and Gules a roundel issuant therefrom four copihue (Lapageria rosea) blossoms in cross and within an orle of white mariposa (Hedychium coronarium koenig) blossoms, all counterchanged;

Crest

An Andean condor crouching wings displayed holding in its beak a wild rose proper;

Motto

AB ALIO SPECTES ALTERI QUOD FECERIS;


Symbolism

Arms

The copihue is the national flower of Chile, Mr. Fernández Meyer’s country of origin, while the white mariposa is the national flower of Cuba, where his wife, Marlenys de la Cruz Nagera, was born. Red and white are the colours of the Canadian flag and also appear on the flags of Chile and Cuba, thus representing the family’s past and present. The arrangement of the flowers suggests a wheel, a reference to Mr. Fernández Meyer’s belief in the cycle of good works, to which the motto also alludes. The design also suggests his humanitarian activities: the copihue flowers spread like four hands from the centre, reaching out to touch the lives of those near the edge of the shield, represented by the mariposa flowers. Finally, the arrangement of the dramatic copihue blossoms within a ring of more modest mariposa flowers suggests passion – a defining trait of Mr. Fernández Meyer and his daughter Balbina – contained by caution – a defining characteristic of his wife Marlenys and son Vincent.

Crest

The Andean condor refers to the family of Mr. Fernández Meyer’s mother, his maternal grandfather having carved a wooden condor that is still in the family’s possession. Its outstretched wings suggest protection of the family. The wild rose is the floral emblem of Alberta and emphasizes the family’s residence in and contributions to that province.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Expect from others what you have done for others”.