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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Myles Gordon Penny

Thunder Bay, Ontario
Grant of Arms
April 7, 2000
Vol. IV, p. 30

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Blazon

Arms

Azure two swords in saltire Argent hilts and pommels Or between four bezants each charged with two maple leaves conjoined in one stem Gules;

Crest

A cat rampant Or garnished Sable holding in the dexter paw two maple leaves conjoined in one stem Gules;

Motto

ABOVE ADVERSITY;


Symbolism

Arms

The blue shield with white crossed swords alludes to the cross of St. Andrew and thus to Mr. Penny’s Scottish heritage. The gold discs with two red maple leaves not only indicate Mr. Penny’s Canadian citizenship, but also serve as a reference to his surname, as the Canadian penny, or one cent piece, features a sprig of two maple leaves.

Crest

The wild cat refers to Mr. Penny’s descent from the Scottish Gow family, and the maple leaves repeat the symbolism of the arms.

Motto

Not applicable


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 24, 2001, in Volume 135, page 937 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Charles Maier, Athabaska Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Robert Grey

Calligrapher
* Not applicable / Sans objet


Recipient Information

Individual