Coat of Arms Ceremony
(November 8th, 2005)


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Inaugural Procession
The Village of Belcarra embarked on the design of a Coat of Arms in 2004 to mark Belcarra’s 25th anniversary, which was officially presented to the municipality in a ceremony on November 8th, 2005, conducted by Robert Watt, Chief Herald for Canada. The Letters Patent also proclaimed the motto, “Between Forest and Sea”, as officially belonging to the Village of Belcarra. Permission to use the Tsleil-Waututh wolf symbol in Belcarra’s Coat of Arms was granted by the Tsleil-Waututh first nation and the symbol’s artist, Damien George. The Coat of Arms is unique to Belcarra and is a symbol of what Belcarra represents — its history and its future — and is about identity.

The Symbols: The Coat of Arms is comprised of a central crest containing symbols of a mountain, ocean waves, a conifer tree, and the Tsleil-Waututh wolf with drum, symbolic of Belcarra's aboriginal heritage. The supporters of the crest are a bear wearing a collar of maple leaves, symbolic of Canada, and a stag wearing a collar of dogwood flowers, symbolic of British Columbia. The crest supports a helmet with an English crown, symbolic of BC's colonial heritage, circled with shamrocks, symbolic of Belcarra's Gaelic heritage. Perched on top of the crown is an eagle with its wings stretched upward, symbolic of Belcarra's spirit. The crest stands upon bedrock adorned by sword ferns and salal, with a banner that proclaims Belcarra's motto “Between Forest and Sea”.
Inaugural Procession
Procession: (left to right)

Piper Keith Logan,
Mayor Ralph Drew,
Chief Herald Robert Watt,
MLA Iain Black,
Pastor Kevin Hegseth,
Councillor Jennifer Glover, and
Councillor Bruce Drake (out of view).
Mayor Ralph Drew Opens The Ceremony


Opening Remarks:

Mayor Ralph Drew welcomes the quests and provides opening remarks.
Singer Christina Mauro


National Anthem:

MLA Iain Black and RCMP with
Christina Mauro of Anmore
who sang the national anthem.
Robert Watt, Chief Herald For Canada


Presentation:

Robert Watt, Chief Herald For Canada, extends greetings from the Governor General of Canada, and presents the Letters Patent for the new Coat of Arms.
Robert Watt Congratulates Mayor Ralph Drew


Presentation:

Robert Watt, Chief Herald For Canada, congratulates Mayor Drew after presentation of the new Coat of Arms.

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Letters Patent for the new Coat of Arms


Letters Patent:

The new Coat of Arms
awarded by Letters Patent.
Mayor Ralph Drew with the Letters Patent


Letters Patent:

Mayor Ralph Drew and
RCMP Honour Guard
with Letters Patent.
Mayor Drew cutting the cake


Celebration:

Mayor Drew cutting the cake.
Coat of Arms - Group Photo Group Photo: (left to right)
Councillor Bruce Drake,
Chief Herald Robert Watt,
MLA Iain Black,
Singer Christina Mauro,
Mayor Ralph Drew,
Councillor Jennifer Glover,
Administrator Lynda Floyd,
Administrator Moira McGregor,
Fire Chief Larry Scott.
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