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Jeffery Blaine BeBeau

Edmonton, Alberta
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
April 15, 2015
Vol. VI, p. 500

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Blazon

Arms

Per saltire Argent and Azure in chief a wild rose Gules seeded Azure, in base a hurt enflamed Gules, and in the flanks two doves close respectant Argent holding in their beaks a stalk of wheat Or;

Crest

Issuant from a circlet of maple leaves, wild roses and Western red lilies proper, a bald eagle proper its body and wings displayed Azure, holding in its dexter talon a bow contourné Or stringed Azure;

Motto

UT SIT DEUS OMNIA IN OMNIBUS;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

A bald eagle proper its body and wings elevated and addorsed Azure, holding in its dexter talon a bow contourné Or stringed Azure;


Symbolism

Arms

Blue and white evoke the flags of Alberta, Mr. BeBeau’s province of residence, as well as Quebec and France, where his family originated. The saltire recalls the St. Andrew’s cross and thus St. Andrew’s Catholic School in High Prairie, his high school. The wild rose is the floral emblem of Alberta. The blue disc with rays refers to the Assiniboine people’s practice of heating their cooking water with hot stones, and thus to the Assiniboia region of southern Saskatchewan, Mr. BeBeau’s place of birth. The wheat sheaves represent the Prairies, his family’s roots in farming, and the Eucharist denoting his Christian faith, while the dove refers to his first name, derived from Old French and Germanic words meaning “divine peace”.

Crest

The eagle, inspired by the mascot of The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta, which Mr. BeBeau attended, recalls his German and Polish heritage as it is found in the arms of these two countries. The B-shaped bow creates a homophonic pun on Mr. BeBeau’s name. The maple leaf is a well-known Canadian symbol; the wild rose is the floral emblem of Alberta; and the Western red lily is that of Saskatchewan.

Motto

This Latin phrase from 1 Corinthians 15:28, meaning “So that God may be all in all”, is a reference to Mr. BeBeau’s Christian faith and his hope for the future.

Flag

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Badge

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Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on October 3, 2015, in Volume 149, page 2337 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Jeffery BeBeau and Samy Khalid, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Audrey Joan Merrington

Calligrapher
Doris Wionzek


Recipient Information

Individual