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Roger Damien Bibaud
Grant of Arms and Badge
October 20, 2016
Vol. VI, p. 639
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Per pale Gules and Azure, two Baud hounds combatant Or supporting a sword Argent hilt and pommel Or;
A demi-griffin Gules armed winged and holding a lightning bolt Azure rayonné Or;
JUSTUS ET FIDELIS;
Three dragonflies in pairle reversed their bodies inward Gules winged Azure surmounted by a mullet of four points Or;
The red and pale blue colours represent Mr. Bibaud’s service in the Canadian Army and in the Royal Canadian Air Force respectively. The two dogs create a play on Mr. Bibaud’s name (bi in Latin meaning “two” and baud referring to a type of dog). The Baud, a kind of French staghound, is a proud and bold hunting dog which, for Mr. Bibaud, symbolizes loyalty and selfless service. The sword refers to his military service.
The griffin represents the Griffon helicopter on board which Mr. Bibaud served as aircrew while in the Royal Canadian Air Force. The griffin is also the central element in the crest of Mr. Bibaud’s native city, LaSalle, Quebec. It thus recalls the Griffon, the ship of the explorer Cavelier de La Salle, which was named after the griffins in his patron’s arms, the Comte de Frontenac, the governor general of New France. The thunderbolt symbolizes the attack role in which the Griffon helicopter served in Afghanistan.
This Latin phrase, meaning “Just and faithful”, reflects the aspiration of Mr. Bibaud to do what is right while remaining faithful to his superiors and subordinates alike.
The dragonflies symbolize agility and adaptability, characteristics of the helicopters on which Mr. Bibaud served and of his career as a whole. The central star represents both the four cardinal points on a compass and the honours Mr. Bibaud has received for his military service.
Canada Gazette Information
The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 25, 2017, in Volume 151, page 1303 of the Canada Gazette.
Original concept of Roger Bibaud and Samy Khalid, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.