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Grant David Johnson

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Avery Elaine McKinnon Johnson and Malcolm Rhys McKinnon Johnson
September 15, 2014
Vol. VI, p. 461

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Blazon

Arms

Sable on an escutcheon Argent three pallets Sable and a point pointed Or charged with a bee volant proper;

Crest

A crow close perched on a base Sable and holding in its beak a sprig of three maple leaves Gules;

Motto

NON OMNIS MORIAR;

Badge

A tower rompu fesswise Gules masoned Argent;

Flag

A pennant Argent three bars Sable, issuant from the hoist a pile Or charged with a bee volant fesswise proper;

Differenced Arms for Avery Elaine McKinnon Johnson, daughter of Grant David Johnson

The Arms of Grant David Johnson debruised in chief of three ermine spots Or;

Differenced Arms for Malcolm Rhys McKinnon Johnson, son of Grant David Johnson

The Arms of Grant David Johnson debruised of an orle Or; This individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;


Symbolism

Arms

Black and white are the basic colours of communication design, representing Mr. Johnson’s profession. The white bands represent the members of his immediate family. The alternating pattern of black and white bands represents the ocean. Yellow, the principal colour of the arms of Scotland, represents Mr. Johnson’s ancestry and origins in Nova Scotia. The bee, a favoured symbol of the Johnson family, represents service and industriousness.

Crest

Acting as a sentinel or guardian, the crow holding in its beak three maple leaves conjoined on a stem represents Mr. Johnson’s career in managing and protecting the official emblems of the Government of Canada.

Motto

This Latin phrase meaning “Not all of me shall die” is taken from the Odes (3:30) of the Roman poet Horace. For Mr. Johnson, this ancient text reminding us that we leave a legacy represents a call to action in the service of family, community and country.

Badge

The lower element, a bridge, represents a link between the past, present and future. The upper element, a fortification, alludes to the idea of defending meaningful conventions and traditions. Together, they form a tower, thus evoking Mr. Johnson’s interest in architectural history.

Flag

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

Differenced Arms for Avery Elaine McKinnon Johnson, daughter of Grant David Johnson

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

Differenced Arms for Malcolm Rhys McKinnon Johnson, son of Grant David Johnson

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 October 3, 2015, in Volume 149, page 2335 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

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

Painter
David Farrar

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual