Saturday, December 18, 2010

Society's 9th Patron, His Excellency David Lloyd Johnston, CC, CMM, COM

The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada has a long history with the Office of the Governor General, beginning with the Right Hon. D. Roland Michener, CC, CD, Canada's 20th Governor General (1967 - 1974) being the Society's first Patron, who had graciously extended his Patronage to the then Heraldry Society of Canada in 1969. Interestingly, in the previous year, his Excellency had applied for a life membership with the Society, and Mrs. Michener was also a regular member of the Society. It was clear that their Excellencies both had a keen interest in heraldry and the endeavours of the Society back in 1969.

The Society has enjoyed the Patronage of all of the following Governors General up to including, the newly appointed, his Excellency David Lloyd Johnston, CC, CMM, COM, who is the 28th Governor General since the Canadian Confederation. In November, he had graciously extended his Patronage to the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada becoming the 9th Governor General Patron of the Society. The Society is both honoured and pleased with the Patronage and hope that we will be able to coordinate his Excellency's calendar to allow him to grace us with his presence at some future Society's event.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The 43rd AGM in Review

The weekend of October 1-3, 2010 was an action packed weekend of comprised of numerous activities, meetings and dinners. It was the usual social highlight of the Society's year, and a great opportunity to create new friends, and re-kindle old friendships. The administrative aspect of the AGM were held at the Delta on Queen St., Ottawa. The usual Board meetings and the annual general meeting made up the administrative component of the weekend. Administratively, David M. Cvet will continue as President of the Society for a third term. Ted McNabb was elected to the Board, and most of the other positions did not change.

The weekend opened with the traditional Beley Lecture, by Dr Keith James, LRHSC on “The Heraldic Entrapment of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.” A most fascinating presentation on the Earl, who was the son of the Duke of Norfolk and who was executed for treason by Henry VIII solely on account of the coat of arms he claimed – a heraldic crime!?! It's interesting that heraldry can sometimes be "hazardous to one's health!" The annual general meeting, opened to all membership was held Saturday morning in the Confederation Room, Delta. This was followed by lunch and a presentation on the features and functions of the Society's website by David M. Cvet. The afternoon offered to many members in attendance, a chance to tour the Canadian Heraldic Authority's office located at Rideau Hall.

Saturday culminated with an evening Gala Dinner held at the Canadian Museum of Civilization located across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec. The evening began at 6pm with the President's Reception in the Southern Salon, which included the Investitures of Fellow Cathy Bursey-Sabourin (Fraser Herald) and Honorary Fellows David M. Cvet & David E. Rumball, along with a presentation of a Licentiate diploma to Dr. Keith James. Following the reception, dinner was served in the North Salon and all attending dinner were treated to ten magnificent Queen's Beasts on display. Guests were then treated to the inaugural "Wilkes Lecture", named after our esteemed member, John B. Wilkes. The guest speaker, David E. Rumball, FRHSC (Hon) delivered an interesting presentation on the Queen's Beasts and their chronicles and Canadian connection. Guests were also treated to a proclamation of arms to David Douglas (a new member who joined the Society this year) by the CHA's Saguenay Herald, Forest Pass.

Overall, an most enjoyable weekend, kudos to David Rumball for single-handedly (more or less) organizing this event. Additional photographs of the event can be found on the Society's website under photo album.

RHSC @ Sick Kids

On Thursday afternoon, Oct 8, David M. Cvet, President of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada and AEMMA, assisted by Alex Wagner also of AEMMA delivered a presentation to a group of excited children and patients at the Hospital for Sick Children. The presentation included a combination of a brief on the origins and background on heraldry, a drawing contest of their own coats of arms on copies of blank shields (the winner given a copy of the Primer), and how a man shall be armed in the 14th century, called the "Tin Man" presentation within the hospital. Thanks goes out to Susie Petro, Child Life Specialist of the Hospital. This is the fourth such gig for David, and undoubtedly, more will be scheduled in the new year.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The "Queen's Beasts" will "attend" the RHSC AGM

The RHSC's Annual Conference will be held in Ottawa from 01-03 October 2010. Accommodations and the Annual Meeting will be at the Delta Hotel on Queen Street. The Saturday evening formal dinner will be at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec (across from Parliament Hill) where the speaker will talk on "The Queen's Beasts." These heraldic treasures were created to be used at HM Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953, and stood in the Annexe at Westminster Abbey that day. They came to Canada in 1959, and have been at the Museum since then. Rarely seen by the public, some of the Beasts will be on display at the dinner.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Appointment as Citizenship Judge

Last year was another momentous one for one Fellow of our Society, Robert Watt, L.V.O.

Mr Watt - now entitled Rideau Herald Emeritus since retiring from the position of Chief Herald of Canada - received a grant of supporters to augment his armorial achievement on 15 April 2009. They are monstrous creatures: two winged sea-cougars! His new bookplate (drawn by Niagara Herald Extraordinary, Gordon Macpherson, C.M) vividly depicts these Canadian chimeras.

Later that summer, Mr Watt was appointed by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney as a citizenship judge for a three-year term. In his new position Mr Watt presides over citizenship ceremonies, at which he administers the Oath of Citizenship and speaks to new Canadians about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Truly, 2009 was a distinguished year for Judge Watt, Rideau Herald Emiritus!

Further details at: News Release, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Canada Gazette,THE CANADIAN HERALDIC AUTHORITY — GRANTS, REGISTRATIONS AND CONFIRMATIONS