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The Michener Awards Foundation

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of a Badge
December 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 334

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On a hurt edged Or, two quills in saltire surmounted by a lightning bolt, encircled by a wreath of laurel issuant from a maple leaf surrounded by the Motto VERITAS ANCILLA LIBERTATIS, all Or;





Blue and gold honour the late Rt. Hon. Roland Michener, founder of the award, through use of the principal colours of his coat of arms. Excellence of achievement is symbolized through the use of the laurel wreath, while the quill pens and the lightning bolt represent communication through writing and electronic means. The maple leaf underlines the fact that this is a Canadian award and the recipients are and serve Canadians.


Meaning “Truth in the service of freedom”, the Motto was chosen by the Directors to represent the essential character of the work of journalists.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 687 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Eva Pilar-Cass

Karen Mackay

Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Foundation / charitable body