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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

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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;

Flag

Per pale Gules and Argent an escutcheon of the Arms;

Flag

A guidon, the Arms in hoist, the fly Argent charged with the Crest;

Differenced Arms for Balbina Chantel Fernández De la Cruz, daughter of Victor Hugo Fernández Meyer

The Arms of Victor Hugo Fernández Meyer per bend instead of per pale; This individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his death;

Differenced Arms for Vincent Maximus Fernández De la Cruz, son of Victor Hugo Fernández Meyer

The Arms of Victor Hugo Fernández Meyer per bend sinister instead of per pale;


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”.

Flag

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Flag

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Differenced Arms for Balbina Chantel Fernández De la Cruz, daughter of Victor Hugo Fernández Meyer

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Vincent Maximus Fernández De la Cruz, son of Victor Hugo Fernández Meyer

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 30, 2013, in Volume 147, page 2706 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Forrest Pass, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Debra MacGarvie

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual