"To honour all those women who have contributed
to Canada's development through the work of the Council and to celebrate
the centennial of the founding of the Council"
These words were presented to the National Council of Women by His Excellency
the Right Honourable Raymond John Hnatyshyn on May 13, 1993 at the
Gala Opening in Government House of the one hundredth Annual General
Meeting of the National Council.
here to see the Coat of Arms.
Symbolism of the Coat of Arms
Excerpts from the official description
Arms: The colors of blue, white, red and
gold are classic heraldic colors which in this case permit at the
centre of the design the red maple leaf of Canada bearing a representation,
in gold, of the Council's traditional emblem, the "Golden Rule
" ribbon. The leaf and the ribbon represent the whole federation
of Canadian women gathered together in the Council. The concept
of a "gathering together" and the strength that comes
from collective effort is underlined by surrounding the central
leaf with twelve more bows, in blue, one for each of the provinces
and territories of Canada. Not only does the bow recall the long
and distinguished history of the Council...it is a subtle, but widely
recognized symbol of women.
Crest: The wavy bars of blue and white
symbolize both the motto of Canada, "From Sea to Sea",
and the seas, lakes and rivers in and around Canada. The Grassy
mound symbolizes the land of Canada, and the trees above, the concern
for the environment. The symbolism of the maple trees is complex.
In the first place they recall an important element of the philosophy
of the First Peoples, the stewardship of the earth and living things.
The central tree also represents the community of women offering
shelter and support for many groups: children, the family, immigrants,
and disadvantaged women. In the shadow of the fully-grown tree,
the young saplings represent new growth, new developments. At the
base of the trees, on the grass, are gold maple seeds symbolizing
new directions and new possibilities. The trees also symbolize change
and evolution; they are living things, mirroring the ongoing evolution
of the Council.
Motto: ALTIOR - This is a permanent commemoration
of Lady Aberdeen, the founding President. It was her motto which
she used frequently to offer encouragement and as a succinct reminder
of the Council's purposes. "Ever Higher" remains a fine
clarion call and statement of aspirations a century later.