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Woodsworth College

Toronto, Ontario
Registration of Arms and Badge
October 15, 2006
Vol. V, p. 76

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Blazon

Arms

Or a quarter Gules overall an open book within three wreathes of laurel all counterchanged;

Crest

An oak tree Gules fructed Or dimidiating a maple tree Or;

Motto

PROPOSITI TENAX. This Latin phrase means “Firm of purpose”.

Badge

Upon a sun in splendour Or with a quarter Gules overall two ragged staves in saltire counterchanged;


Symbolism

Arms

The Canadian Heraldic Authority does not have confirmed symbolism for this emblem. The following comments are hypotheses only. The book is a symbol of learning and the laurel wreaths represent academic achievement. The colour division represents the College’s founding vocation and its catering to the needs of both part-time and full-time students.

Crest

The Canadian Heraldic Authority does not have confirmed symbolism for this emblem. The following comments are hypotheses only. The trees are a pun on the first part of the name Woodsworth. The colour division echoes that of the shield.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Firm of purpose.”

Badge

The ragged branches allude to the first part of the name Woodsworth. The sun and its flaming rays represent academic worth, and allude to the second part of the College’s name. The colour division echoes that of the shield.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 17, 2007, in Volume 141, page 587 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Not applicable

Painter
* Not applicable / Sans objet

Calligrapher
* Not applicable / Sans objet


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
University Faculty, Department & College

The recipient’s emblems were originally recorded in the records of the College of Arms, London, England, 18 January 1979.