Coat of Arms for Strathcona County unveiled

September 9, 2015

Coat of Arms for Strathcona County unveiled

Strathcona County today officially unveiled its Coat of Arms at a ceremony at Festival Place. The armorial bearings were unveiled by Strathcona County Mayor Roxanne Carr, along with Mildred Stefiszyn, President of the Heritage Advisory Committee and Monroe Kinloch, Chair of the Strathcona County Heritage Foundation.

“We are honoured to be granted this traditional mark of honour by the Canadian Crown,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “Our Coat of Arms represents our unique history and heritage, which we conserve, celebrate and upon which we grow. It celebrates our distinct identity as a specialized municipality, and is a source of community pride.” 

Members of Strathcona County RCMP, Emergency Services and Enforcement Services retired the County flag and hoisted a new flag emblazoned with the Coat of Arms.

Prior to the Coat of Arms, a crest acted as the County’s official emblem. The crest was designed by Mary Tiedemann for a contest held in Canada’s Centennial Year, 1967. Mayor Carr presented Tiedemann’s family with a framed image of the crest and the retired flag, in recognition of this contribution to the County. 

Approximately 200 attended the Coat of Arms unveiling, which was followed by an Afternoon Tea in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign. Buckingham Palace has calculated that on September 9, Her Majesty the Queen will have become the longest reigning monarch of the Commonwealth.

About Strathcona County’s Coat of Arms

Strathcona County’s Coat of Arms celebrates the community’s roots and unique identity, both of which make it one of Canada’s most livable communities. 

The design reflects Strathcona County’s history, heritage and culture, while upholding the character of the brand. It represents Strathcona County Council and is used for ceremonial purposes, including on the flag.

Find out about the symbolic elements in Strathcona County's Coat of Arms.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 95,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595