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Mathieu Jacques Dupont

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms
July 15, 2016
Vol. VI, p. 630

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Blazon

Arms

Per fess Gules and Azure a bridge of two arches Argent masoned Gules between in chief a trillium and in base a bee proper;

Motto

SERVIENS IN CARITATE;


Symbolism

Arms

Red and white are the emblematic colours of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, in which Mr. Dupont is a Knight of Justice. The bridge evokes Mr. Dupont’s surname (pont meaning “bridge” in French). Its two arches form the letter M and thus refer to Mr. Dupont’s first name. Designed to connect two banks of a river, the bridge is emblematic of cooperation, mediation and diplomacy, qualities which Mr. Dupont values. As a noble and indispensable creature, the bee is known as a hard-working insect which respects the authority of the hive and is loyal, diligent, and prefers to live in a group, qualities that describe Mr. Dupont. Producing honey for the benefit and enjoyment of all, the bee is seen as being generous, an idea that ties in with the motto, in addition to alluding to Mr. Dupont’s love for cooking. His maternal grandfather, who had considerable influence on Mr. Dupont in his youth, was also a beekeeper. The bee thus also recalls the family farm where Mr. Dupont grew up. The trillium flower symbolizes his pride in being a Franco-Ontarian.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Serve in charity”.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 25, 2017, in Volume 151, page 1302 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Manon Labelle, Miramichi Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Robert S. Bengry

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual