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Joanne Margaret Avery

East York, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Badge, with differences to Mark James Avery and Jonathon Paul Avery
July 24, 1995
Vol. III, p. 28

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Blazon

Arms

Or, a cross crosslett fitché between two hearts Gules a chief enarched rayonné Azure;

Crest

Rising out of a crown rayonné Or a Canada goose wings displayed proper each wing charged with an ankh Or;

Motto

LUCE AMORIS FLOREMUS;

Differenced Arms for Mark James Avery, son of Joanne Margaret Avery

The Arms of Joanne Margaret Avery debruised by a label of three points Argent; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;

Differenced Arms for Jonathon Paul Avery, son of Joanne Margaret Avery

The Arms of Joanne Margaret Avery debruised in dexter chief by the Badge of her husband, David Birtwistle, that is: between a pair of dragon's wings conjoined and expanded Or a sword erect the blade enflamed proper pommel and hilt Or;

Badge

A Harlequin Great Dane bitch rampant proper gorged with a collar and chained and holding between the forepaws an Ankh Or;


Symbolism

Arms

The sun in splendour signifies energy, life and renewed hope, which is a central part of Joanne Avery’s work as a social worker and counsellor. The hearts play on the name Hartley, a reference to her mother’s family, and also represent her two sons, Mark and Jonathon. In this shield, the hearts appear to be supporting the cross crosslet fitché, a symbol of her Christian faith, thus reflecting the ideas of courage, tenacity and Christian values.

Crest

The Canada goose rises from a crown rayonné, repeating the motif of the shield and honours Ms. Avery’s Canadian heritage and the Avery name, which means “the keeper of birds”. The two ankhs represent eternal life and also symbolize her sons, Mark and Jonathon.

Motto

This Latin sentence means “By the light of love we flourish”.

Differenced Arms for Mark James Avery, son of Joanne Margaret Avery

During his mother’s lifetime, he will use her shield with the addition of a white label of three pendant tabs.

Differenced Arms for Jonathon Paul Avery, son of Joanne Margaret Avery

He will use his mother’s Arms differenced with the badge of her husband, David Birtwistle, in the upper right corner.

Badge

The Great Dane refers to Ms. Avery’s love of dogs and represents her Great Dane, “Daisy von Avery” (1992-1998). This badge symbolizes Daisy’s contribution to her family’s life and serves to cherish her memory.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on October 14, 1995, in Volume 129, page 3593 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Joanne Avery and David Birtwistle, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Debra Parker

Calligrapher
* Not applicable / Sans objet


Recipient Information

Individual

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